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Beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyric acid (HMB) is produced when the body breaks down the amino acid leucine when you exercise. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Scientists think that HMB is used by your body to protect the muscles and make them stronger. Some researchers and natural practitioners think that HMB may help when the muscles need more support than usual. HMB is sometimes used by body builders who are training with weights to improve the results of their workout. HMB may be more effective when used with different kinds of amino acids. There have been some studies done to see if this is true, but they have been small. They also focused on athletes, so more studies are needed on other kinds of people. More recently, there was a study that showed that HMB can help older people who have become weak from staying in the intensive care unit. HMB was shown to help these people gain muscle and become stronger. There have also been some small studies that showed that HMB can be helpful to people to regain strength following a trauma or accident. The supplement is also sometimes useful for people with AIDS who have problems keeping their weight at a healthy level.
Important HMB Safety Information
Walgreens has HMB supplements that can help you with your workout or help you regain strength if you need to. A supplement is something that you take by mouth that helps you to get something that your body lacks. It is usually a vitamin, mineral, or amino acid. It's important that you talk to your doctor before you begin taking a supplement. You should talk about your current or past medical issues. Be sure to discuss all of the medicine that you take. Include your prescriptions, over the counter medications and any other supplements that you may be taking. This will help you to avoid any side effects from HMB. You will find the HMB supplement that you need at Walgreens after you and your doctor agree on a plan.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.