Maintaining Muscle Mass with HMB – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 442

Maintaining Muscle Mass with HMB – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 442

HMB

InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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Being active and staying active is key to aging gracefully. Many people have concerns about staying fit, staying healthy, maintaining muscle mass and not falling victim to sarcopenia, which is age-related muscle mass loss. This is why Active HxⓇ may just be the supplement for you. Today, I want to talk about this formula and the science behind it in some detail.† 

What is HMB?

Our Active HxⓇ is a fabulous powder formulation of HMB. HMB, or beta-hydroxy-methylbutyrate, is a power nutrient. When we look at what this actually is and how it’s working to optimize our health, this is where all of the fun science comes into play.†

We know that HMB helps to increase and preserve muscle mass in adults. This nutrient was originally studied in highly-trained athletes and resistance-trained athletes. Researchers looked at their strength, endurance, body fat and muscle mass and they found that HMB was very beneficial for helping to support healthy muscle protein synthesis and to enhance overall physical activity. Scientific study after scientific study continues to show this.†    

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This is definitely something that a well-trained athlete is looking to achieve, but this is also something that any of us who are looking to stay active throughout our lives can benefit from.†

Muscle mass loss and age

HMB might just be the answer for helping to avoid sarcopenia. If we have muscle mass loss through the aging process, not only does this weaken us physically, but it also makes us more vulnerable to infections, falls and fractures. This is definitely an area that we do not want to overlook.†     

HMB is actually a derivative of the amino acid leucine. We have often heard about branched-chain amino acids and how beneficial they are for bolstering up your lean muscle mass. We know that HMB is even stronger than those branch-chained amino acids, which is why so much research has gone into this.†   

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When we look at the impact of muscle mass loss and how that can affect us through the aging process, we want to be able to preserve that. This is where HMB, a natural, bioactive product of the amino acid leucine, can really help to support and maintain that balance between where muscles break down and break up.† 

HMB is naturally-occuring in the body, but our levels decline as we age. If this level starts to drop, this is going to have an impact on our lean muscle mass, as well as our strength. We don’t want this to happen. We want to be able to fend off sarcopenia and that we are boosting up our lean body mass, especially if we are staying physically active or exercising. Many studies have found that taking just one gram of HMB was really a nice, sweet spot for maintaining that muscle mass.†

Our Active HxⓇ formulation has one and a half grams of this nutrient. What we’re trying to do is have this consistency in terms of maintaining our lean body mass and also having better body fat distribution. These are all things we’d like to be aware of as we get older.† 

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses beta-hydroxy-methylbutyrate, a powerful nutrient found in our new Active Hx formulationⓇ. She explains why this nutrient is important for muscle health in people as they age and also details studies pertaining to it.†

Key Topics:

  • Research on beta-hydroxy-methylbutyrate in athletes
  • Details on muscle breakdown
  • Other nutrients that are important as we age

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