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Remove calcium from calcium beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:33:55 AM »
Does anyone know of a way to separate the calcium part from calcium beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (calcium HMB) so that we would be left with β-Hydroxy β-methylbutyric acid (HMB free acid)?

Calcium HMB is a sport supplement, but recent research has shown that the free acid form of HMB is superior. Therefore I would like to find out if it's possible for a home chemist to perform the conversion.

To be clear, to go from this:


Calcium 3-hydroxy-3-methylbutyrate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcium_beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate

to this:


3-hydroxy-3-methylbutanoic acid: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta-Hydroxy_beta-methylbutyric_acid

It was suggested to me that citric acid might be used, but I don't have a clue if that would work.

Can anyone help?

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Re: Remove calcium from calcium beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2014, 09:10:43 AM »
Perfectly doable, but at home you will not have a proper quality control.

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