Leucine is one of the three interlinked amino acids, often occurring with the acronym BCAAS (the other two are valine and isoleucine). HMB is an end metabolite of leucine when it gets inside the body.
Leucine and the other two BCAAs are unique in their metabolic function because they are used mainly in the muscle-protein synthesis.
Leucine is cheaper than HBM and has additional advantages. HBM’s normal dose is about 3 grams per day, but if you take leucine, then you should decrease it to about 1,5 grams.
Leucine stimulates the protein synthesis in the muscles, contributes to the strengthening of the bones, skin and muscle tissue, and stimulates the synthesis of the amino acid glutamine.
Most anabolic and anti-catabolic effects of leucine are attributed to its end product, namely HBM (betahydroxymethylbutyrate).
It is important to know that leucine, together with any metabolite leading to the release of HBM, has a unique role in the body.
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