Hydroxymethylbutyrate (Hmb)

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About

Hydroxymethylbutyrate (HMB) is a chemical that is produced when the body breaks down leucine. Leucine is an amino acid, one of the building blocks of protein. People use HMB to make medicine.

HMB is used for increasing the benefits from weight training and exercise; and for treating diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. In combination with the amino acids arginine and glutamine, HMB is also used for treating weight loss, weakness, and diarrhea in people with AIDS (AIDS-related wasting).

How it works

HMB might promote muscle growth. It seems to reduce the destructive breakdown of muscle in people with AIDS.

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
Increasing body weight and muscle in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Taking HMB by mouth, along with the amino acids arginine and glutamine, seems to increase body weight and lean body mass in people with AIDS when used for 8 weeks. This combination may also improve the way the immune system works in these people.

Concerns

Possibly safe

HMB is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth, short-term. Doses of 3 grams per day or less for up to 8 weeks seem to be safe.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking HMB if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Hydroxymethylbutyrate (hmb).

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.