ALPHA-HYDROXY-ISOCAPROIC ACID ( HICA) IS A POTENT ANTI-CATABOLIC
In a recent placebo controlled study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition researchers reported that 4 weeks HICA supplementation combined with strength training resulted in a 0.66 lb gain in lean body mass (LBM), with no change reported in the placebo group. Subjects who took HICA also reported significant decreases in muscle soreness during recovery. However, despite improvements in lean mass, muscular strength and performance did not differ among groups.
If you are interested in using HICA take 1.5 grams per day split into 3 doses of 500g and take with meals.
Mero AA, Ojala T, Hulmi JJ, Puurtinen R, Karila TA, Seppälä T. Effects of alfa-hydroxy-isocaproic acid on body composition, DOMS and performance in athletes. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2010 Jan 5;7:1.