Muscle wasting: In people with long-term conditions associated with muscle wasting, taking HMB in combination with other protein building blocks has been shown to prevent extreme weight loss (cachexia) and improve immune function.
Blood pressure: Preliminary evidence indicates HMB may help lower blood pressure.
Cholesterol: Some evidence suggests HMB could lower cholesterol.
Muscle growth: Studies have shown combining exercise training with HMB supplements could lead to increased muscle mass and strength.
Exercise performance: In one study, athletes taking HMB daily for up to nine weeks showed improved strength training and lean body mass.
Exercise recovery: There is also evidence that HMB helps with exercise recovery. Athletes taking HMB for up to six weeks showed less muscle damage during an intensive exercise programme than those who did not.