The key ingredient of HMB is ß-hydroxy ß-methylbutyrate. HMB is a natural compound produced during the metabolism of the essential amino acid leucine, which occurs naturally in foods like soybeans, beef, and fish.
Since Dr. Steven Nissen first discovered the important role that HMB plays in protein synthesis, much research has been done on its ability to increase muscle protein and strength while decreasing muscle breakdown, and recovery time. . Dr. Nissen was granted the original patent on HMB as a nutritional supplement.
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