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HMB and Protein Benefits Beyond Muscle Health

Your brain is actually not a muscle but controls every muscle you use to function whole as a person. Keeping both your brain and musculoskeletal system will help keep your cognitive functions running well into your senior years (muscle weakness and loss are symptoms of aging). And what nutrient is most important for “muscles”? It is protein and you need to eat good quality sources (from food and nutritional supplements like Ensure Gold) to help ensure your body grabs all that it needs.1, 6


How Other Nutrients can help Elevate the Benefits of HMB

You have to have plenty of other nutrients to maximize HMB benefits. Since D vitamins are essential in calcium and phosphorous absorption for bone strength and muscle function, it is a nutrient that can help the effectiveness of HMB. Because while HMB stimulates muscle protein synthesis, D vitamins like Vitamin D3 can help repair the broken down muscle tissue.3, 4 Another key nutrient that works well with HMB is Vitamin B12. Since the brain is important for cognitive function, Vitamin B12 is what will help with brain cell production to keep the brain in tip top shape. Vitamin B12 also aids in red blood cell production, which is important for getting oxygen to the muscles, preventing muscle fatigue. Even if HMB can help with muscle protein synthesis, without Vitamin B12 helping with energy levels, reducing tiredness, and preventing fatigue, you will not get its full benefits.3, 5


Diet and Exercise is Still Relevant

Besides HMB and other nutrients, exercise is essential, no matter the age to improve resilience. Though HMB, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3 increased intake though food can help with brain and muscle function, exercise keeps the heart healthy and improves blood flow (helps reduce inflammation). If at first it seems too much to do, start with prioritizing protein and always opt for higher quality sources (e.g., soybeans, quinoa, rice, milk, yogurt, fish, eggs, meat, poultry) for better muscle health support. When combined with an appropriate regime of exercise (at least 60 minutes a day, 3 days a week), you can keep both mentally and physically sharp. 2


Though HMB supplement for seniors can be found in food (e.g. avocado, cauliflower, and catfish), you would have to eat a very large amount to get enough (e.g. 6000 servings of avocados to help get 3 grams of recommended daily HMB7). That is where nutritional supplements Ensure Gold with HMB, rated No. 1 Physician Recommended Oral Nutritional Supplement in the U.S.,8 comes in handy. Scientifically formulated with high-quality proteins, HMB, and 28 vitamins and minerals (12 of which supports immunity, including ß-carotene, vitamins E, zinc & selenium)9, Ensure Gold can help strengthen your nutritional foundation. If you are less inclined to the taste of milk, the new Ensure Gold Plant-Based Protein is made from soy, rice and quinoa will suit your needs. With the help of Ensure Gold or Ensure Gold Plant Based at 2 servings a day (6 scoops + 185ml for Ensure Gold or 187ml Ensure Plant-Based of water per serving)6, you can get muscle, bone, and immunity for nutritional help.10


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  8. IQVIA, using the ProVoice Survey, fielded 14,459 physicians from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
  9. Ensure Gold contains protein, Vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, Folate and selenium, copper, zinc and iron, that help support the normal function of the immune system.