Clear Muscle of Muscletech is touted as clear pill that builds lean muscle. It’s said to be backed by clinically study. Specifically, the study was conducted by University of Tampa, FL on 24 male-resistance-trained student. Subjects using the precise Clear Muscle formula gained up to 16.3 lbs of lean muscle. Before this, all research say you can build at most 2 lbs of muscle naturally per month. If the claim is true, Clear Muscle works far better than anabolic steroid!
So.. the question is: Does Clear Muscle really work? Read on as we take a closer look of the formula
What is Clear Muscle?
Clear Muscle is a HMB-FA (Free acid beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate) supplement. Each serving of Clear Muscle contains 1000 mg of HMB-FA. HMB is a chemical that is produced when the body breaks down leucine, an essential amino acid. There are two forms of HMB: Calcium HMB (HMB-Ca) and free acid form of HMB (HMM-FA).
HMB used to be one of the best-selling muscle building supplements. Advertisers claimed that HMB supplementation can help to increase lean mass, boost aerobic capacity decrease body fat. However, indepedent studies show that HMB has no effect in human trial. (see this and this).
Does Clear Muscle work?
To be honest, I am highly skeptical. I find it hard to believe that trained athletes can gain 16.3 pounds of lean muscle in three months by training and HMB-FA supplementation. The study (see source) was sponsored by Metabolic Technologies, a company with vested interest in HMB and HMB-FA. In another paper, researchers mentioned that
“…research with HMB-FA is in its infancy, and there is not enough research to support whether one form is superior.” (see source).
What’s more, you can’t find any indepedent confirmation to support the results. Not to mention, the clinical data is preliminary and sample size is small (only 24 subjects). And, the long term side effects are not studied.
So what’s the bottom line?
One bottle of Clear Muscle cost $69.99, and I must say it’s quite expensive. At this moment, I don’t see any point experimenting with this product. If you have tried it, I would love to hear from you!