HMB works by slowing protein breakdown and speeding up protein synthesis in repair.
HMB is also a vital structural component used to maintain the integrity of muscle cell membranes,
preventing them from damage and supporting rebuild.
HMB is important in muscle health. It is stored in the muscles and used to build, maintain and repair muscle cells.
HMB is bound to Calcium to keep it stable as a powder and more soluble in water. Calcium is also good for bone health.
In endurance athletes this means that muscles rapidly change to become more energy efficient whereas in the strength athlete muscle cells will grow more quickly to generate more power. Overall, using HMB enhances your recovery from, and adaptation to all types of training. It is a product that can be used by all athletes that are training hard, and at high volume, regardless of their sporting event.
Evidence from cancer studies suggests that HMB may inhibit the ubiquitin-proteasome proteolytic pathway, a series of chemical reactions that work to break down muscle protein. This means you are less likely to lose muscle mass through damage or inactivity. HMB is also thought to stimulate the production of muscle protein to be used in the muscle adaptation process through a series of chemical process collectively called the m-TOR pathway.
Considering the way that HMB is thought to work, it is likely to be more beneficial to athletes that experience muscle damage and soreness on a regular basis.