Whey plus HMB enhances recovery

Whey has many benefits for athletes, but few studies have examined the potential additive effects of other supplements. My colleagues and I tested the additive effects of whey with HMB (beta-hydroxy beta-methyl butyrate).   

Healthy men consumed whey protein alone or whey plus HMB twice per day for 2 weeks. They then performed 3 days of intense exercise followed by several days of recovery. Markers of muscle damage, inflammation and muscle soreness were decreased with the whey plus HMB supplement compared to whey alone.

On the 4th and 5th day of recovery, whey and HMB together were associated with 11% greater power output as measured by an explosive vertical jump. These results highlight the potential of augmenting whey protein’s recovery benefits by combining it with HMB.



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