Iowa Patent of the Month – September 2022

The rate at which muscle mass is lost significantly increases as we age. Autophagy, a process by which cells break down abnormal proteins in its fluid, is essential for energy generation and consumption, as well as maintaining adequate muscle mass. As the effectiveness of the autophagy system declines with age, it fails to remove damaged mitochondria, an organelle responsible for generating the cell’s chemical energy. This leads to an accumulation of dysfunctional organs, leading to muscle atrophy and weakness. 

Leucine, an amino acid, is one of the building blocks of protein and can aid in building muscle. However, it can be difficult to consume enough through whole foods. Current supplements on the market aimed at reducing muscle atrophy are often not effective or have negative side effects. 

Metabolic Technologies, Inc. aims to provide safe and effective nutritional products for consumers to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate (HMB) is a chemical that is produced when the body breaks down leucine, and can be administered orally. Unlike other supplements, they combine biologically-available forms of HMB, along with other ingredients, in powder, gel, liquid and encapsulated forms. Their HMB supplements boast high absorption rates, a decrease in muscle fatigue, and improved muscle mass and strength. Their nutritional supplements have been clinically shown to benefit people of all ages without any negative side effects, making this nutritional supplement a wise option for maintaining muscle health.

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