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REVIEW OF SCIFIT EXTRA STRENGTH HMB
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Introduction to HMB Products:
HMB is short for beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate. HMB is a metabolite of leucine, one of the body's essential amino acids. There are small amounts of HMB present in many foods, primarily catfish, grapefruit, and alfalfa.
SciFit claims that HMB is a proven anticatabolic dietary supplement. Studies I've read elsewhere also support this claim.
HMB has been shown in controlled studies (with athletes performing regular resistance training) that when taken at 3 grams per day, produce a 300% greater increase in lean mass gain.
This is a sensational claim, as most supplement ads are. The same as most people, I'm happy if I just get a small percentage of the gains promised in these ads. Unfortunately, I often end up with a fraction or nothing to show for my investment in the supplement.
HMB has a pronounced effect on decreasing the protein breakdown induced by resistance training along with increasing nitrogen retention by the body, resulting in a subsequent increase in lean muscle mass and strength.
Honestly, how do you asses nitrogen fluctuations in your body? Great claim because most people would just assume that what the supplement ad claims is happening, is actually happening, without any evidence to suggest it.
HMB is recommended to be taken with meals and after training in doses of 3 to 5 grams daily.
I generally supplemented 3.5 grams of HMB, throughout the day, with high protein meals.
Sci Fit uses only MTI licensed HMB. Not sure what MTI is.
When I searched for studies that gave scientific evidence to support the claim, I found the following:
Many of the world's champions and athletes are using HMB and receiving dramatic results.
Personally, I've never heard of any world champions or athletes who are using HMB. However, that's not to say they don't exist. Apparently Shannon Sharpe uses it but there is no testimony by him.
Specifically, HMB plays a role in the synthesis of muscle tissue. It has the ability to burn fat and build muscle consistently in response to exercise. Backed heavily by science, HMB works for NFL greats like Shannon Sharpe and Olympic medallists throughout the globe. New scientific studies are being conducted on this supplement all the time.
The article claims that HMB is backed heavily by science. However, it fails to submit any studies which support this claim. Also, I have yet to come across any, never mind a heavy amount of them.
Recently, a study showed in a control group supplementing with HMB, that after taking 3 grams of HMB per day for three weeks, those who took HMB versus the random placebo takers gained three times more muscle on their bench press! Animal studies also suggest that it may increase lean muscle mass. A study conducted on humans showed that those who supplemented with HMB experienced enhanced strength, greater endurance, and increased fat loss. It's ability to boost endurance alone is an incredible result. A seven week long study showed a much greater gain in muscle when a group of 28 participated in a regular weight-training program.
Again, where are these studies, why aren't they submitted with the article? Something seems a bit fishy to me.
How does HMB do all this? It appears to increase the rate of protein being used to increase muscle growth, while decreasing the atrophy or tear down of muscle that occurs.
How does HMB do all this? Good question. The article seems as lost as you and I. You think the wealth of knowledge generated from these studies would give some concrete conclusions. Then again, these studies may not even exist.
I apologize if I sound extremely pessimistic in this review, but my experience with HMB has been less than promised, far less. Personally, I feel that there isn't enough evidence to support the claims generated in regards to HMB. More studies need to be conducted, that's assuming that some have been conducted, before we can accept any of these sensational claims. However, if you can't resist trying it because the claims are so enticing, I'd recommend it only if you have a significant amount of extra money. This is one of those supplements you can live without. However, if you have the extra money, why not give it a shot. Maybe your experience will be better than mine.
At this time, for an overall review, I award SciFit Extra Strength HMB a 2/10. A sad day in the world of supplements.
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