February 9, 2016

Hydroxymethylbutyrate (Hmb)

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How does Hydroxymethylbutyrate (hmb) work?

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

Are there safety concerns?

HMB seems to be safe for most people when used short-term. Doses of three grams per day or less for up to eight weeks seem to be safe.

Do not use HMB if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Dosing considerations for Hydroxymethylbutyrate (hmb).

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

  • For treatment of weight loss, weakness, and diarrhea related to AIDS (AIDS-related wasting): 3 grams HMB in combination with 14 grams each of arginine and glutamine in two divided doses daily.

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