Creatine is a key chemical that can enhance muscle building and supply needed energy during high intensity workouts. The body naturally produces creatine in the liver. It is perfectly legal and you can purchase it over the counter (without a prescription). Creatine comprises a combination of amino acids that are optimal for delivering just the right amount of energy to provide an extra edge during a workout or competition. That’s why it has been increasingly popular with athletes since the early 1990s. Medical research suggests that it may also help with a number of conditions such as muscular dystrophy.
How it Works
Creatine supplements, such as our Tokkyo Creatine Stack, help the body to produce creatine phosphate, which in turn assists in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This helps to prevent premature muscle fatigue by supplying the energy required for muscle contraction. When ATP is consumed, it breaks down into the compound adenosine diphosphate (ADP). “Fast-twitch” muscles rely on this type of energy especially, since these muscles are prone to fatigue. Maintaining an optimal ATP-ADP ratio is important for continued energy production throughout a workout.
Differences Between Creatine Supplements
While there are many different types of creatine supplements currently on the market, there are a number of important differences. As with all types of supplements, there are a number of low-grade products that use cheap fillers—so you have to be careful to purchase from a reputable company. Also, there are different types of creatine compounds and different schools of thought about which are the most effective. Some forms of creatine require a “loading phase,” or a period of time where you take an increased dose of creatine at the onset of a new regimen before starting a regular maintenance program.
The cheapest and most common type of creatine is creatine monohydrate. This type of creatine tends to be lower in quality and is inefficient due to its lower surface area. A number of brands sell “micronized” creatine, broken up into smaller particles for increased muscle uptake. Creatine also comes in liquid form, which absorbs more quickly into the muscles than powder creatine but tends to be more expensive. Many traditional forms of creatine can cause stomach discomfort and bloating. Our products combine Kre-Alkalyn and ethyl ester creatine, which have been found to reduce or eliminate these undesirable side effects while increasing uptake into the muscles.
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