In a study, physiological markers of exercise induced muscle damage and breakdown were measured before and after an intense bout of eccentric resistance training. The study showed that those who supplemented with HMB had far less muscle damage and delayed onset muscle soreness
In another study, there were 39 subjects who were randomly placed in either a placebo or HMB group while undergoing a four weeks RT program After the four weeks of RT the subject who supplemented with HMB had far greater increases in strength, muscle mass, decrease in body fat, and decrease in muscle damage
Another study tested HMb for its muscle building properties tested subject with a placebo, 1.5 grams per day, and 3 grams per day. The 3 grams per day had larger gains than the 1.5 grams per day
Known benefits: muscle hypertrophy, decrease DOMS, decrease Body Fat
Recommended Dose is 3-5 grams per day. It is best taken with food and is more potent when combined with creatine monohydrate.
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