Iíve said this before, and Iíll say it again. Many supplements investigated in independent laboratory research do not contain what the label claims.
The following information comes from the April 2008 issue of the Journal of Pure Power. Volume II:
Creatine is one of the few nutritional supplements with a good, science-based record of performance-enhancing "potential" for short bursts of power and strength. Naturally the supplement industry has cashed in on this fact, and in an effort to increase sales even more, various forms of creatine have made it to the shelves and magazine advertisements. Each different form of creatine claims to better than the next due to its unique delivery mechanism, absorption rate, etc.
What does Science say about these different varieties?
If you take creatine supplements in hopes of increasing your power output, you need the greatest absorption rate possible. All forms of creatine researched thus far ( creatine monhhydrate, creatine pyruvate, and tricreatine citrate) have resulted in substantial increases of plasma creatine levels. This would be expected, but even though differences in creatine content depending on the form of creatine were noted, these differences did not reach statistical significance.
What Does this mean?
It means that the differences found could simply be due to chance. According to this research article you cannot expect significantly different increases in blood levels of creatine between these three forms of creatine and you should be skeptical about a manufscturers claims.
Independent research has shown that creatine may contain trace elements of "Banned" substances, such as compounds related to anabolic androgenic steroids.
Do the manufacturers tell you the truth Ė NO! They will do anything and say anything to sell their product at the expense of the athlete. Has creatine been banned by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) or the IOC (International Olympic Committee)? NO, not Yet! But some athlete, will have a drug test done and they will find a "BANNED" substance in the only supplement he or she was taking Ė Creatine. I told you so!
Donít say I didnít warn you!
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