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HMB is an anti-catabolic supplement that helps to ensure that the muscles don’t become damaged or worn down when you exercise, which means that you can exercise harder, more intensely, and more efficiently. It also helps contribute towards muscle growth and boosts general health and well being. Read the full product description for more information.

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What is HMB?

HMB, or to refer to it scientifically, Beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyric acid, is actually a derivative of leucine, which is an extremely potent amino acid required for a number of functions and processes within the body, including protein synthesis. Basically, once leucine enters the body, a certain percentage of it is broken down and metabolized into HMB. Because leucine, and by default, HMB, is so essential for protein synthesis, and for the metabolism of new muscle tissues, HMB is considered an extremely beneficial supplement for strength athletes, bodybuilders, and individuals looking to increase their muscle mass and power.

How does it work?

As mentioned, once leucine is consumed, it is then converted into HMB, which provides a number of benefits, which we’ll cover in just a moment. HMB however, cuts out the middleman, so instead of having to first break down the leucine and convert it into HMB, the body instantly has access to HMB, so it can get started right away. When an individual takes part in resistance training, or when the muscles are placed under any form of stress, ordinarily they would become damaged, fatigued, and worn down. HMB however, helps to prevent the degradation of muscle tissue during periods of resistance training and exercise. Put simply, HMB helps to ensure that the muscles don’t become damaged or worn down when you exercise, which means that you can exercise harder, and more intensely, and that the muscles not only will be able to function more efficiently, but that they will also be protected against damage caused via the exercise. It is an anti-catabolic supplement that has been popular for many years.

What are the main benefits of HMB?

As you can see, some of the main benefits associated with HMB supplementation, are based around muscle growth and repair. Here’s a more detailed look at the main benefits of HMB supplementation:

Muscle growth

Although it is not as effective for building muscle as leucine, HMB has still been found to contribute towards muscle growth for a number of reasons. To begin with, HMB helps assist with protein synthesis, so new muscle tissues and proteins can still be synthesised, but on top of that, it also helps prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue, making the muscles bigger and stronger, so they can perform harder when you exercise. The harder you train, the more muscle you can potentially build.

Prevents muscle breakdown

The main benefit of HMB however, is the fact that it has been found to help prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue during bouts of intense physical exercise, which in turn will help preserve the muscles and allow them to work harder before they eventually fatigue.

Boosts general health and well being

Although these benefits aren’t focussed on a great deal, many experts have revealed that HMB can boost a person’s general health and well-being in a number of ways. To begin with, HMB can reduce LDL cholesterol, which in turn can help reduce blood pressure and can reduce your risks of heart attack, stroke, and heart disease. Studies have also revealed that HMB can help improve a person’s immune system, thus making them healthier by default.

Other benefits include:

  • Reduced LDL cholesterol
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and problems
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced risk of stroke
  • Increased protein synthesis
  • Increased athletic performance and strength
  • Enhanced post-workout recovery
  • Increased muscle mass
  • And more...

How and when it should be consumed?

Experts recommend three separate 1g servings of HMB powder, mixed with your beverage of choice, spread out throughout the day. Most bodybuilders will consume HMB in the morning, HMB immediately after they train, and their final serving in the evening.

Health Canada Recommended Dose (capsules): Adults: 6 Capsule(s) 1 - 2 time(s) per day. Store in a cool, dry place.
Health Canada Recommended Dose (powder): Adults: 1 Scoop(s) 1 time(s) per day. Mix product well in 1-2 cups of liquid (water, juice, etc.) immediately before consumption.

HMB VS Leucine

As you can see, although very similar, due largely to the fact that HMB is a derivative of leucine, the two are still very different to one another, so it is advised that you consume leucine, and HMB separately to one another, in order to see the best results. Lecuine for example, is essential for protein synthesis and is therefore essential for the growth of new muscle tissue. HMB however, is more anti-catabolic and instead of helping to build muscle, (which it still does) it actually helps to protect them and prevent them from being damaged when you exercise and workout.

What can HMB be stacked with?

HMB is extremely beneficial for bodybuilders and athletes, and as a result, it is commonly found in many typical bodybuilding stacks. A firm favourite for example, is: whey protein, Creatine and BCAAs. It can be stacked with a number of different sports supplements, although for muscle building purposes, it is best that you stick with the tried and tested favourites.

HMB Ingredients

Per Capsule

Medicinal Ingredients (per capsule): CaHMB (Calcium beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate) .......................... 500 Milligrams
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Gelatin.

Per Scoop

Medicinal Ingredients (per scoop): CaHMB (Calcium beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate) .......................... 5 Grams
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: none.

Potential side effects

Always consult your doctor whenever taking a new supplement, never exceed the stated dosage, and discontinue use if you notice any adverse side effects. HMB is not considered safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, due to the fact that not enough is known about the supplement. With that being said however, it is considered safe, although some users have reported mild side effects, including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Light headedness
  • Slight stomach discomfort

Cautions and Warnings

Ensure to drink enough fluid before, during, and after exercise. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a healthcare practitioner before using this product. If you are taking medications for high cholesterol, consult a health care practitioner prior to use.

HMB Reviews

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Stuart W. on 05/01/2017
Burlington, Ontario
Purchased this after using Blonyx, have found that the product delivers what it is supposed to, but in the mixes I have used it with I have found the plain flavoring to be a little overpowering to the taste

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Barbara H. on 26/11/2016
Amarillo, TX
They always send my orders promptly.

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James G. on 09/11/2016
Awesome , great product and packaging and shipment

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Great for cutting
Sasha I. on 24/10/2016
If you're cutting, it's definitely worth it.

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First Time
Spencer K. on 14/10/2016
Cheap price and quick delivery. However the bags do not reseal whatsoever.

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Norman T. on 10/10/2016
Toronto, Canada
Love this product, mix this with my energy drink.

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Absolutely Awesome
Aldo S. on 30/09/2016
Great product and it is indeed working. Love it, love the price and delivery was speedy too. All good.

I would highly recommend ordering from these guys, it's all good.

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Daniel V. on 28/09/2016
Great stuff

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Lloyd K. on 02/09/2016

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Norman T. on 28/08/2016
I accidentally bought this in powder form so I am mixing it with juices... so far not bad!

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Marcelo l. on 11/08/2016

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Good product but tastes terrible
Shannon S. on 30/07/2016
Tastes terrible though, and doesn't mix up very well

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Saad on 16/02/2016
After using HMB-FA (Free Acid) for two consecutive cutting season, I decided to try this cheaper bulk option. I honestly found no difference in the two product. Both products worked equally well to tremendously reduced DOMS during cutting. The taste is horrible, but after a few weeks I got used to it. Definitely, a worthwhile product given the price.

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Allan on 25/12/2015
Great price. Exceptional purity. Works as expected.

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Good value
al on 06/11/2015
Have been around for a while and have never seen It so cheap and pure.Love it.Works well for us old guys.We don't heal as quick.Buy It if you want it you wont be sorry.

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Stephen on 13/08/2015
Victoria, BC
Great quality, and great group of people to do business with. I've done my homework in regards of pricing & quality matching, and this is what I found :). It was nice doing business with those in 'Canadian Protein' and they stand by there name of quality products.

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Brandon on 13/08/2015
Great price, delivered fast as well. I cape my own sup's so I cannot comment on the taste. But over all great product. I have been taking HMB off and on for the last 18 years of my life and its a solid product that gets you lean and able to help build cardio at the same time.

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For those who can't gain
Brady on 06/06/2015
North Vancouver, Canada
I can barely get enough food down to keep from losing weight since starting CrossFit. My metabolism is jacked and it's been an uphill battle to keep from dropping muscle mass. In two weeks of use I've been able to make some gains. Two weeks is a pretty small sample but it seems to doing it's thing now. Would recommend to any hard gainers.

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Paulo on 30/01/2015
Vancouver, BC
I started taking HMB awhile back from recommendations.I was originally taking Blonyx with creatine. After seeing how effective it was I purchased this from CP and started mixing my own blends. The Blonyx was just so expensive. HMB really helps with recovery, I notice a massive difference when Im not using it. The body recovers from soreness, stiffness and that overall crappy over training feeling faster with HMB. I would recommend this to anyone who trains 4+/week or 2+/day, works especially well stacked with creatine. A word of warning, this stuff smells and tastes like terror. Not much makes me gag but this stuff does. Mix it with some other stuff.

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Amazing value, but...
Miles on 08/11/2014
This is the single best value anywhere, and ive researched this a lot in my final year of university and it's a pretty amazing pathway, however, this supplement tastes incredibly gross. I dont care what things taste like and highly recommend mixing with juice or tequila, anything to wash the bitter taste of this stuff away lol.

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First time trying this product
Michael on 21/10/2014
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Never tried HMB before, until now. I see why it is in a 1g scoop! haha. I usually take my powder supplements straight nd just wash it down with water, but with this. Youve gotta mix it with juice or any other liquid youve been warned!! Highly recommend if you're trying new products + if you're trying to increase your GAINZ X3 . You already know what to do. Would order again!!

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New Product to me but glad I purchased
Diane on 07/03/2016
Southern, Manitoba
I purchased this product about 3 weeks ago and love it. I have just started using this product but if it is as good as the other products I purchased, I know it was well worth the purchase. Finally products at prices I could afford. Super fast shipping, excellent handling of the shipment, have told several people about it. Definitely will be purchasing here again.


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