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IRONHEAD1094 12-31-2009 10:17 AM

I know creatine works but what brand do you think is the best?

I have strated working out after 8 years of getting fat(35-43 yr old) I have been back in the gym for almost 3 months lost 37 lbs and have been sticking to what I know. Twin lab Creatine pills. I have been a fan of the EAS Myoplex powders and saw that they have a creatine powder drink "phosphagen Elite" which has beta alanine(which I also take in pill form) in it.
Do any of you use it or is there some other sup. that you use that you fell is a better quaility and yields better results for you.

Pirate 12-31-2009 12:46 PM

I am no expert at this, but anything that is monohydrate <<do not know how to spell that, is best. Also, not 100% sure, but I think creatine is creatine no matter what brand, although there are different types I think. Honestly I don't know much about supplements but that is the best I can tell you, My protein powder has creatine in it already so I don't need to buy extra.

Swampassjr 01-04-2010 07:25 AM

since this is related to the OP's question, is Creapure (the type of creatine) really that much more benificial than say GNC's (original) creatine?

EricT 01-04-2010 07:52 AM

Creatine monohydrate is creatine monohydrate. The thing with creapure is just as the name suggests...purity.

Many cheap creatines can have contaminants because of cheap and shoddy manufacturing processes.

One possible contaminant is dicyandiamide. That could possible by very dangerous.

Another common one is dihydrotriazine. I'm not sure that the effects of that long term are known but triazines can be toxic I think.

Creatinine is another. That's just the break down product of creatine. All those "creatine serums" were pretty much all creatinine because creatine isn't stable for long periods in a liquid.

There is also the potential for heavy metal contaminants and basically anything else you can think of that might occur because of cross contaminations. Think, for instance about the practice of reusing containers that contained possible dangerous pharmaceuticals..stuff like that.

I'm not sure but I think most of the really good creatine makers are in Germany and there may be one or two in the US. Most cheap creatine monos come from China and that is bad news.

It does not have to be creapure to be good necessarily but that is the only "seal" that you can count on right off the bat without having to contact the company and ask them where it comes from.

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