HMB might promote muscle growth. It can be found naturally in small amounts in grapefruit, alfalfa, and catfish. It's also naturally made in the body.
People use HMB for building muscle or preventing age-related muscle loss. It's also used for athletic performance, muscle loss due to HIV/AIDS, muscle strength, obesity, and many other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
Possibly Ineffective for
- Physical performance in elderly adults. Taking HMB by mouth while participating in an exercise program doesn't improve physical performance any more than participating in the exercise program alone.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if HMB is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
We currently have no information for HYDROXYMETHYLBUTYRATE (HMB) overview.
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