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HMB (Beta-Hydroxy-Beta-Methylbutyrate)

A food supplement that's been found to improve both health and appearance.

It's not a steroid or a drug, but a natural chemical that's made in the body as a metabolite of the essential amino acid leucine. It's alsopresent in vegetables and in mother's milk.

Recent studies have shown that HMB helps to strengthen the immune system, lower high cholesterol levels, couneract stress and build strong muiscles. One researcher has commented that it seems as though 'HMB helps melt body fat'.

It's estimated that the body produces 0.25-1g of HMB a day; and a supplement of 1-2 g is considered normal, but 3g a day is recommended for athletes.

Alfalfa and some fish are among the best natural sources. For more information on nutrients see 'Nutrients A-Z' by Dr. Michael Sharon (Prion Books)

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