If you’re interested in bodybuilding, chances are that you have heard about creatine monohydrate and Kre-Alkalyn supplements. Both are popular supplements, creatine monohydrate has been popular for many years, however recently Kre-Alkalyn has become popular as a more effect replacement for creatine monohydrate, in this article we will have a look into the claims made and hopefully clear up the confusion that surrounds these two creatine supplements.
Creatine is a popular body building supplement that anyone interested in body building probably knows. There are various forms of creatine being sold as supplements. Every form of creatine differs in composition, solubility, and effectiveness although all forms essentially achieve the same thing. Indeed, some forms of creatine are more soluble than others, and therefore, they tend to be more effective.
For a long time, creatine monohydrate has been the most abundant form of creatine and the one most used in sports supplements. Many other forms of creative have come up claiming better results than the monohydrate.
Any product that claims to be better than creatine monohydrate is bound to raise a lot of curiosity. Creatine monohydrate has had such a huge impact on the body building fraternity that any other form that claims to be better will be subjected to aggressive testing. Before delving into the details of which is the better form of creatine, we need to understand what each of the two forms are.
Creatine is arguably the most popular supplement used by bodybuilders, athletes, and sports people in general. Creatine is a naturally occurring organic acid that is manufactured in the body to replenish used up energy in muscles. Creatine is made by the kidneys, liver, and pancreas, and then discharged into the blood stream where it is transported to the muscles and other body tissues. Creatine is created from the amino acids arginine, glycine, and methionine, and it’s technically known as methylguanido-acetic acid.
Although there’s a great deal of evidence supporting its efficacy in boosting strength, power, and lean mass, most people wonder whether creatine really works. When taken in the recommended doses, creatine does produce the desired effects. It’s arguably the most researched supplement with more than 2000 separate clinical studies providing insurmountable evidence of its efficacy.
Creatine performs several functions as a sports supplement, but all of them spring from creatine’s ability to form the phosphocreatine molecule.
Creatine’s major function is to replenish the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecule that gives off energy used by muscles to contract. When ATP is used up, it has to replenish by acquiring more phosphate molecules and these are released by the phosphate transporter phosphocreatine.
A number of clinical studies have demonstrated that the replenishment of ATP is more efficient if there is abundant phosphocreatine (creatine) in the muscle tissues. Meat and fish are the richest dietary sources of ATP but a lot more phosphocreatine can be stored in the muscles than can be absorbed from dietary sources. Needless to say, you can maximize your ATP stores by using creatine monohydrate supplement.
Kre-Alkalyn is yet another derivative of creatine touted to be more potent than creatine monohydrate. Kre-Alkalyn differs from other creatine derivatives in that it doesn’t transform into creatinine before it reaches muscle tissue.
Most of the claims supporting Kre-Alkalyn as the best form of creatine stem from its high pH (pH 12) and the fact that it breaks down in the bloodstream, meaning that it is more efficiently used. On the other hand, the claims suggest that since creatine monohydrate breaks down once ingested to give creatinine, it is less efficient as most of the ingested powder will be wasted. In short, proponents of Kre-Alkalyn suggest that you would only need a fraction of the typical creatine monohydrate powder to get the same results.
Although claims by Kre-Alkalyn proponents seem viable and juicy, they are not based on years of research and testing. In theory, some of the claims seem to be true. However, as with any new supplement or ingredient, there is commonly limited research available to support these claims, and as such in this case there is little credible scientific studies in favor of those claims as of yet. Those that exist are either weak or not credible enough to be trusted. But Kre-Alkalyn has been a popular creatine supplement since its release mainly because of huge amount of anecdotal evidence coupled with aggressive marketing.
In terms of cost, creatine monohydrate powder is one of the cheapest forms although it also has the highest number of non-responders. To tackle non-responsiveness, creatine loading is recommended.
The first major difference between the two forms of creatine is that the monohydrate has been subjected to a range of independent clinical trials that prove its efficacy and side effects thoroughly while the claims for Kre-Alkalyn are mainly based on anecdotal evidence given by users and limited research in comparison. Most claims for Kre-Alkalyn have been spearheaded by the All American Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Corp., the company behind the product itself. In contrast, monohydrate has been studied by hundreds of independent researchers and the findings are similar.
The fact is that both forms of creatine will give you the desired results if used correctly. People who swear by Kre-Alkalyn do so because it tends not to easily convert to the impractical form of creatine known as creatinine like the monohydrate. Also, it is claimed that Kre-Alkalyn avoids most of the negative effects of the monohydrate such as bloating, stomach discomfort, and more. However, there are no substantive clinical trials that have been done to support those claims mostly made by the makers of Kre-Alkalyn makers as well as biased users. Kre-Alkalyn also seems to be more expensive than many other forms of creatine on the market.
On the other hand, creatine monohydrate has been the focus of intensive research throughout the past decade and more. It’s benefits and side effects are clearly laid out and supported by dozens of independent clinical studies.
So it really comes down to personal preference. Do you want to go with a proven form of creatine supplement or do you prefer a newer form that promises huge benefits with limited research / credible proof? Also, the emergence of different creatine forms can be attributed to the fact that some users are non-responsive to creatine monohydrate. There, this again is evidence of personal choice / preference.