/By Supplement City

Why you should get excited about the new HMB

The popular supplement, beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, has been around for some time and is a Leucine metabolite.

With BCAA (branch chained amino acids) making up a third of all muscle proteins, the health benefits are well investigated, especially when it comes to Leucine.

For nearly 40 years the anti-catabolic nature of Leucine has been widely known, as well as it’s ability to metabolise protein, recover from exercise and promote insulin action and glucose homeostasis.

HMB has been a popular supplement, especially among trainers with limited experience when it comes to gaining lean muscle mass and increasing power.

HMB itself is formed naturally when the body breaks down Leucine.

It is widely available, well priced and has no negative side effects.

However a new version of the supplement is beginning to make some serious noise in the industry and Supplement City is proud to be one of the few Australian Supplement stores to carry BetaTOR.

BetaTOR is the pure, free acid form of HMB.

With more benefits that standard HMB, early studies show it has solid benefits for experienced trainers.


In 2011 (which in supplement world terms, is a VERY recent study), scientists showed that BetaTOR’s delivery kinetics are increased across the board.

With test subjects showed increased levels of HMB, further clincial studies show that the body’s ability to process BetaTOR effectively is a critical development (similar to how other versions of Creatine outside of Monohydrate absorb faster).


In healthy adults, supplementation with HMB has almost god-like effects.

It increases exercise-induced gains in muscle size, muscle strength, and lean body mass.

It has also been clinically proven to reduce skeletal muscle damage from exercise, improve aerobic exercise performance, and expedite recovery from exercise.

Meta-analyses indicate that HMB supplementation also helps to preserve or increase lean body mass and muscle strength in individuals experiencing age-related muscle loss.

It is a critical supplement for trainers who are ill or unable to train for extended periods.

HMB produces these effects in part by stimulating the production of proteins and inhibiting the breakdown of proteins in muscle tissue.

No adverse effects from long-term use as a dietary supplement in adults have been found.

HMB is in certain foods such as alfalfa, asparagus, avocados, cauliflower, grapefruit, and catfish.

The effects of HMB on human skeletal muscle were first discovered by Steven L. Nissen at Iowa State University in the mid-1990s. As of 2019, HMB has not been banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, World Anti-Doping Agency, or any other prominent national or international athletic organization.

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