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Creatine Reviews - Best Creatine Supplement

Updated on July 29, 2012
Best creatine supplement? Wow, quite a few to go with...
Best creatine supplement? Wow, quite a few to go with...

Best Creatine Supplement Out There?

So, you're thinking about buying you some creatine?

And you're not sure which one can give you the greatest results and not hit too hard on your pocket?

Well that's good then. Real good! Below I provide some creatine reviews discussing different types of creatine supplements and various forms that it comes in to help you decide which is the best creatine supplement that can give you most improvement in your performance.

Different forms of creatine

So, you decided to make some serious gains in the gym or simply lead a healthy lifestyle and buy some creatine supplements.

As you start searching for a product to buy, you notice that there are quite a few different forms of creatine in the market. Now you're confused if all of them give you same results, if some are absorbed better, whether all of them taste the same and so on.

Well, there are basically 3 main forms of creatine you can buy:

  • Creatine powder,
  • Creatine capsules,
  • Creatine liquid

Creatine powder is by far the most popular form of all of those. I've been using it myself for quite a while now. Pros and cons? Well, it is definitely the cheapest option to go for. Creatine powder is easy to make, therefore, if you're concerned with price, it's definitely the way to go.

Cons? Hm... Some scientists claim only half of the powder is actually absorbed into muscles, while the rest is just burnt by the acid in your stomach. I'm not sure about the validity of such claims but I've been using if for a half year and cannot complain about the results. To my knowledge, other people I know don't have any complaints about the results either. So I think that maybe it's just in someone's interest to encourage you to buy more expensive alternatives.

Anyways, the second of the more popular options is creatine liquid. Now, as you already realised, this is a lot more expensive product. Creatine molecules have to be stabilized not to break down in the liquid, therefore, making it a lot more costly to produce. Theoretically, this is a more efficient way in terms of absorption but again - that's only theoretically.

The last form of creatine you will find is creatine capsules. Those are basically the same as powder just coated. They are, of course, a lot more convenient and you don't feel the taste (which is neutral anyways, but some don't like it). The only disadvantage I see is that if a capsule is, say, 5g and you decide your daily intake should be 3g, then your pretty much at a dead end. And capules also might be a bit more expensive than the powder.

There are other forms of creatine like creatine gum but that's, I believe, is just a marketing gimmick and doesn't make any real difference in terms of your results. Only in your pocket ;)

So, the point is that if you are really cautions on your spendings, you should go for the powder. Theoretically, it might be a bit less effective but, hey, there are lots of bodybuilders and athletes that have great improvements and don't really care about the "science" stuff.

Creatine powder - are all of them the same?

Since powder is still way the most popular creatine form, we should have a quick look at the different types of powder out there.

Science shows and many sportsmen claim that creatine you should aim for creatine monohydrate. It is almost 100% pure creatine with only up to 10% water in a gram.

There are, as always, other alternatives, like creatine phosphate and creatine citrate. Now, there only difference between the three is that the latter two contain significantly more water in a gram of creatine. A gram of creatine phosphate only has some 60% of actual creatine in it, while citrate contains even less. Probably below 50%. In this case, a question arises: why then those types of creatine exist after all?

Well, again, that's where those crazy scientists come in. According to the studies, phosphate and citrate are absorbed better by the body than the monohydrate. Some even claim that the body takes in almost 90% of the citrate that is consumed compared to only around 40% absorption rate of the monohydrate. Hmm.... Well, I personally still see no real difference here. Even if that's true, monohydrate is still more "pure" which means that in spite of the lower absorption rate, you get more content from one gram than you would do from the other two. So mathematically you would still get more creatine from a gram of monohydrate than from a gram of phosphate or citrate. Right? :)

I would say, don't waste your time making useless calculations and just stick with the creatine monohydrate. That's a proven win.

Creatine Reviews - Best Creatine Supplement

So, now that we looked through the different forms and types of creatine, should we now look at the best creatine supplement or supplements to choose from?

Before we begin, let me say that I chose only those products that I've used myself or saw or heard others that I know used. Therefore, all the creatine reviews below are based on real experience and not some internet articles or promotional messages.

Prolab Creatine Monohydrate Powder

My personal favorite. I've been using it for around 3 months now. It's a German brand and it's "creapure" which means that it's almost 100% creatine in one gram. The brand? Well, to be honest, in this case the brand doesn't matter that much as long as it's a German one. And Prolab is one of the more known German brands. Just keep in mind that as long as it's not that Chinese crap (like Createam or BodyTech, for example), it's fine. The only other reason I like this particular product is because of its price. A kilo is only 20$ which is probable one of the cheapest products you will find out there. So, in short: it's German, it's almost 100% creatine, it's cheap and it gives great results. Good choice.

Beast Creature Capsules

Some say it's the best creatine out there. It comes both in capsules and in powder form. The main thing to mention is that it has 5 different types of creatine in it. Once again, it's a German brand, it's creapure and unlike some others - it tastes good. Real good ;) It's a bit more expensive than the Prolab creatine powder unless you buy it in capsules but it's well worth trying.

Optimum Nutrition Creatine Powder

It's one of the most (if not THE most) popular supplement brands. Now, they offer really nice micronized creatine. That means that it dissolves in the liquid unlike other creatines that are not micronized. Like the other two, it's almost 100% pure creapure creatine. I haven't tried it personally but some of my friends took it and the one of the reasons they liked it was because it didn't give them the bloating effect. I didn't mention that before but some creatines give you bloating feeling after you take it. But it's not the case with this one which means that it's a very high quality product. So, if you haven't tried it out yet, then do it. It nicely dissolves in the liquid so you don't have to taste it (even though I don't mind the taste but some people do ;)) and it gives you great results.

Some final thoughts

So, as you can see, there are quite a few alternatives out there but I'd say, keep it as simple as you can. I don't like the difficult stuff and all the scientific studies that try to invent the wheel. I feel that it's best to use what's proven to be effective.

The supplements above are some of the best creatine supplement I've tried and heard of and I hope that the reviews will help you to decide.

Besides, I didn't include any liquid creatine in the creatine reviews. That's because I haven't tried it and don't have much experience with it. But if you'd like to try it - go for it :)

Until then, take it easy and see you soon.

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