Health Benefits at a Glance:
Many people experience that they lose muscle strength and mass with age. Maintaining skeletal muscle health requires keeping a balance between muscle growth (anabolism) and muscle breakdown (catabolism). As we age, our ability to rebuild muscle slows down, even when all the right amino acids (muscle building blocks) are present .
Why it Works:
It is, however, possible to counteract such age-induced loss of muscle mass and strength by dietary supplementation. And this is where HMB (β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate) and Vitamin D3 come into play.
With the introduction of the Wellness Code™ Muscle Strength and Restore Formula, both ingredients are available in a single, convenient supplement.
HMB is a bioactive metabolite of the amino acid leucine. HMB has been shown to help maintain muscle function and support muscle growth — especially for those over age 65.
HMB has beneficial effects on muscle mass by helping to preserve the structural integrity of your muscles and supporting muscle growth [6,7]. Furthermore, it also supports performance for both resistance [8-12] and endurance training [13, 14].
Vitamin D3 also has well-documented benefits for muscle health and healthy bone density. Moreover, Vitamin D3 promotes both the metabolism and a healthy muscle function [4, 7]. Vitamin D also supports healthy mitochondrial function and energy consumption , which can also contribute to promoting muscle strength . Furthermore, Vitamin D helps inhibit inflammatory factors that affect muscle health as well .
Muscle Strength & Restore Formula is an excellent addition to your daily health regimen, regardless if you exercise regularly or not. Because keeping your muscles strong is important for everyone, the Wellness Code™Muscle Strength and Restore Formula fits people of all ages.
As this formula is completely unflavored you can add it to a wide variety of protein shakes, drink mixes, cold water or your favorite beverage.
The Science Behind the Product:
Researchers have carried out a number of studies on HMB's muscle building abilities.
HMB's effect on muscle recovery:
In one such study, researchers tested if HMB played a role in preventing loss of muscle mass. As it happens, prolonged bed rest can result in a loss of muscle mass.
Researches, therefore, tested this by examining how quickly test subjects recovered muscle mass after they had been confined to their bed for ten days.
The study was a randomized placebo-controlled study of both men and women. After the ten days of bed confinement, test subjects had to conduct eight weeks of rehabilitation training in the form of resistance training. Each group took either 3g a day of HMB or a placebo for 5 days prior to bed rest, up until the end of the study. The placebo group lost lean mass (that's muscle) during bed rest, but those given HMB during bed rest showed no such decline 
HMB's effect on resistance training:
In another randomized placebo-control trial, men and women received 3 g a day of HMB, or a placebo and trained for 4 weeks.
At the end of the study, the HMB group had a greater increase in upper body strength than the placebo group . In another clinical study, supplementation with 3 g a day of HMB for 9 weeks provided a substantial benefit to lower-body strength when combined with resistance training 
HMB's effect on muscle health in advanced age:
Studies also indicate that HMB is useful to older people. In a 24-week, randomized, placebo-controlled study, adults 65 years and older were divided into two groups: one that exercised regularly and one that didn’t exercise at all.
Both groups took either 3 g of HMB twice a day or a placebo. The non-exercise group that took HMB showed signs of improved muscle health. However, the exercise group's results were even better; they improved measurements of muscle function and lean mass .
How to Use:
- Mix one scoop with approximately 8 oz cold water or beverage of choice in a shaker cup or blender (preferably with your protein shake).
- Drink one shake daily, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.
Serving Size 1 scoop (approx. 3.14 g)
Servings per container: about 30
Amount Per Serving:
|Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol)||1000 IU|
|Calcium (from MyHMB® Calcium ß-Hydroxy-ß-Methylbutyrate Monohydrate)||360 mg|
|HMB (MyHMB® Calcium ß-Hydroxy-ß-Methylbutyrate Monohydrate)||3000 mg|
Other ingredients: sodium citrate, flavor, stevia extract, maltodextrin, starch.
CaHMB and Vitamin D are licensed under U.S. Patent Nos. 8,815,280, 9,259,430, 9,539,224 and 9,707,241.
Dosage and Use:
Mix one scoop with approximately 8 oz cold water or beverage of choice in a shaker cup or blender (preferably with your protein shake).
Drink one shake daily, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.
Individuals consuming more than 2,000 IU/day of vitamin D (from diet and supplements) should periodically obtain a serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D measurement. Do not exceed 10,000 IU per day unless recommended by your doctor. Vitamin D supplementation is not recommended for individuals with high blood calcium levels.
Keep out of reach of children.
Do not exceed recommended dose.
Do not purchase if outer seal is broken or damaged.
If you are undergoing treatment for a medical condition or if you are pregnant or lactating, please consult with your medical practitioner first.
A food supplement should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Store tightly closed in a cool and dry place.
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