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HMB: Scam or Wonder Supplement
By now most people have read about EAS's new supplement
HMB ( beta-hydroxy-beta-methyl butyrate... now I know why
they use HMB 8^) ) and we've all wondered about what sort
of effects it would have on us... is it another supplement
scam or could it be a possible benefit to bodybuilders?
In reality although Phillips claims otherwise there is
very few studies on HMB out there. If you do a Medline
search you're only going to turn up two or three
references... all from the Journal of Animal Science.
( Contrary to his reports in May 1996 there has been no
peer-reviewed research presented in any sports/medicine
journals... was this research actually carried out? If so
why wasn't it published? )
So what do these references say about HMB supplementation?
In "Effects of HMB on performance and carcass quality of
feedlot steers", J Anim Sci, 71: 8, 1994, 1927-35 the abstract
'Feeding HMB increased daily gain of steers slaughtered at 105d
but decreased daily gain of steers slaughtered at 147d' and
'HMB tended to increase the ratio of intramuscular fat to
Basically this seems to indicate that the gains in weight are
primarily due to intramuscular fat. And why do the daily
gains decrease from 105d to 147d? Doesn't this indicate that
HMB might be counter-productive to long term msucle growth?
Almada who also writes for MM2K also points to some studies
that show increases in LBM and even loss of fat mass...
surprises the heck out me... I can't seem to locate these
IMHO... stay away from HMB. Bill Phillips is playing guessing
games about what might or might not work and the scientific
evidence in his corner is marginal at best... stick with something
that has better research backing it up like creatine or even
invest in protein powder if you're looking for something that
might deliver some bang for your buck... 'cuz HMB isn't that.
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