Ok, time for Mark to say, “I told you so”.

Please DO NOT ignore this article, it may just provide you with much better muscle gains and more money in your wallet!

Every few months a supplement company comes out with new product that’s “better than creatine”.

Everyone knows that creatine works, which explains why it had such a huge impact on the bodybuilding industry. A claim that a new product is better than creatine is just what the doctor ordered to boost sales.

Hyped-up nonsense and a gullible market are a perfect match it seems. Step up Creatine Ethyl Esther and kre-Alkalyn.

Many times I have been asked about what the best creatine is. I have always replied that creatine monohydrate is the only one with any science behind it. I warned that one should be cautious before buying into a company’s claims that other forms of creatine are superior to creatine monohydrate.

It now seems that my caution was well-advised. Two new studies [1] [2] have shown conclusively that both ethyl esther and kre-alkalyn are actually massively inferior to creatine monohydrate.

Monohydrate has now been tested in over 2000 published trials and consistently proves its effectiveness and safety. How many peer-reviewed studies have proven the claims about CEE and KA? None!

Monohydrate Is The Best Creatine – Fact

First let’s deal with Kre-Alkalyn (KA). The claim here is that KA is stable in stomach acid and does not convert to creatinine. They also state that in contrast, monohydrate (CM) will convert to creatinine at the rate of 90% in stomach acid! Not good, better dump that CM, right? Let’s look at the evidence, the following is from the study…

“In contrast to the claims of All American Pharmaceutical and Natural Foods Corp., the rate of creatinine formation from CM was found to be less than 1% of the initial dose, demonstrating that CM is extremely stable under acidic conditions that replicate those of the stomach. This study also showed that KA supplementation actually resulted in 35% greater conversion of creatine to creatinine than CM. In conclusion the conversion of creatine to creatinine is not a limitation in the delivery of creatine from CM and KA is less stable than CM in the acid conditions of the stomach.”

KA has a 35% greater conversion rate to creatinine than CM; the finest creatine in town? Not on your life!

Now let’s take a look at Creatine Ethyl Esther (CEE). Similarly the claim here is that it doesn’t convert to creatinine as much as CM and has a better absorption rate. This study looked at 2 CEE products. One product called CE2 from Medical Research Institute (MRI) and the other called CM2 Alpha from SAN Corporation. Here are the results after being placed in conditions simulating stomach acid at 5, 30 and 120 minutes….

After 30 minutes incubation only 73% of the initial CEE present was available from CE2, while the amount of CEE available from San CM2 Alpha was even lower at only 62%. In contrast, more than 99% of the creatine remained available from the CM product. These reductions in CEE availability were accompanied by substantial creatinine formation, without the appearance of free creatine. After 120minutes incubation 72% of the CEE was available from CE2 with only 11% available from San CM2 Alpha, while more than 99% of the creatine remained available from CM.

So, it seems that the addition of the ethyl group to your creatine actually reduces stability in stomach acid and accelerates its breakdown to creatinine. CEE creatines are inferior to Creatine Monohydrate as a source of free creatine i.e. up to a difference of 11% and 99% availability – that’s huge!

How much better could your workouts and gains have been if you hadn’t bought into the bogus claims about CEE and KA?

So if you want the best creatine, stick to monohydrate.

I’m a big believer in Micronized Creatine Monohydrate. To find out why read this article.

Stay Motivated My Friends!

Mark McManus

Study sources:
[1] Kre-alkalyn® supplementation has no beneficial effect on creatine-to-creatinine
conversion rates. Tallon MJ and Child R

[2] Creatine ethyl ester rapidly degrades to creatinine in stomach acid.
Child R1 and Tallon MJ2

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