For the past few weeks I’ve been hearing quite a bit about a newer form of creatine out, one that I have never tried before, called creatine kre-alkalyn. Back when I was in college, I tried creatine monohydrate for the first time, and ended up gaining about 15 lbs in a few months, some of that muscle and some water weight, and was even doing sets of 110 lbs dumbbells for bench press. I was a big, strong dude, but there was one side effect that really irritated me, and that’s the water retention. I had no definition, which I can’t blame completely on the water retention because my diet sucked, but it still gave me that “puffy” look. Over the last few years I’ve been trying to find something that leads to strength gains like monohydrate but without the water retention, and I’ve tried CEE (creatine ethyl ester) and that sort of worked, but I still felt like I added on some water weight. Now, I’m hearing about kre-alkalyn creatine and thinking about giving it a shot. Before I do, however, of course I have to do some research and have found some good information on it.
What is kre-alkalyn creatine? Kre-alkalyn creatine is a form of creatine that doesn’t break down into creatinine before it hits the muscle tissue. Most other forms of creatine have a high breakdown rate, so only a small amount of creatine actually gets to the muscles. It is believed that the cause of creatine breakdown is the PH levels in the body, so kre-alkalyn is processed at a higher PH level, therefore stopping the conversion of creatine in creatinine once it’s digested. This just means that we can take in a lesser amount and see greater results than with regular creatine monohydrate.
What are the benefits of kre-alkalyn creatine? From what I’ve read, you won’t have to go through a loading phase with kre-alkalyn, and there is no associated bloat or water retention. Benefits include an increase in immune function, strength, and some studies have shown that it accelerates fat loss while building lean muscle mass! (information found at Bodybuilding.com)
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