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Types of Creatine

One of the many confusing things many people come across when researching creatine are the various different forms, brands and types of creatine there are out there.

Unfortunately many of them are just marketing names thought up by the supplement companies just to sell their product.

There are only a few forms of effective creatine on the market today which you can read about below.

Creatine Monohydrate

Optimum Creatine Powder

Creatine Monohydrate is the purest most simple form and generally cheapest of creatine you can use today. When you’re using creatine monohydrate you’re taking the most pure form of creatine that can be made.

Most forms of creatine monohydrate will come micronized which basically makes the creatine a more fine powder with a larger surface area which improves solubility in liquids and absorption in the body.

Take a look at our Optimum Nutrition Creatine Monohydrate review

Pros: Simple, cheap, and effective.
Cons: Not many

Creatine Ethyl Ester

Creatine Ethyl Ester

Creatine Ethyl Ester or CEE for short, provides an extra Ester molecule along with creatine monohydrate to assist in absorption. Esterification is used by some types of medications in pharmaceuticals to improve the bioavailability or absorption of certain compounds into your body.  Creatine monohydrate isn’t the easiest thing for your body to absorb to CEE tries to improve on that. by pharmaceutical companies to improve the bioavailability of a certain compound.

Pros: Claims of improved absorption
Cons: Little evidence that it actually helps with absorption, usually more expensive.

Creatine HCL

Creatine HCL

Creatine HCL is also known as creatine hydrochloride – this creatine supplements claim to fame is that it is the most absorbent by our bodies than all other types of creatine. One of the benefits of Creatine HCL is that it absorbs much faster into the body you need to take less of it to get the same benefits of a similar amount of say creatine monohydrate.  The texture isn’t as gritty as some of the other types of creatine which can make taking it a little easier.

Pros: Increased absorption claims, ability to take smaller doses, less gritty.
Cons: More expensive, limited research into absorption claims.

Buffered Creatine

Creatine Kre-Alkalyn

Buffered creatine which is also known sometimes as kre-alkalyn is type of creatine that is buffered with magnesium.  The buffering is said to provide the creatine with a coating to help is not be broken in the stomach but in the small intestine.  This can benefits users of creatine that have stomach issues when using the supplement.

Pros: Can help people who have stomach issues with creatine
Cons: Limited proof of effectivemess

 

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