FAQs

What is Creatine?
Creatine is nitrogenous organic acid which naturally occurs in vertebrates and helps to supply energy to muscle and all cells of the body. It’s a compound that’s involved in the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – the body’s universal energy molecule. Creatine is made in the liver of the human body but is produced to only approximately half of the daily creatine required by the body. It is biosynthesized from three different amino acids - arginine, glycine, and methionine. The balance of required creatine is taken in by nutritional food sources in the daily diet, mainly from fresh fish and meat (although much of it is destroyed by cooking). Approximately 95% of the body’s creatine ends up being stored in the skeletal muscles, and the remaining 5% is found in brain, heart, testes, inner ear, hair cells and other organs and cells. Once it's used in the formation of ATP (in the Krebs cycle), creatine is converted to a waste product called creatinine and is excreted by the body.
Who is Creatine For?
Creatine supplementation became popular in the 1990’s after research showed that creatine can provide benefits athletic performance in high-intensity, short-duration activities such as weightlifting and sprinting. Creatine supplementation increases the production of ATP and thus supports explosive periods of activity. It’s extremely popular with athletes and bodybuilders, many of whom consider it to have similar effects as anabolic steroids. Creatine can give a competitive athlete increased strength and performance, as well as assistance in muscle recovery. It is not considered a banned substance and is compliant with most major athletic organizations in both professional and collegiate sports. Since creatine is known for recharging ATP and supplying energy to muscle and nerve cells, and strengthening muscle, it has been suggested as a complementary treatment for neuro-muscular conditions in which muscle weakness occurs, such as muscular dystrophy (MD), multiple sclerosis (MS), congestive heart failure, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and as an adjunct to recovery after injury or surgery.
How is HCl Different from Other Creatines?
Creatine HCl delivers safe, effective, and dramatic results in increased strength, endurance, and muscle recovery…with none of the negative side effects typical of other creatines (bloating, cramping, GI issues, water retention, etc). It's the only creatine that is dosed per body weight — ¼ teaspoon per 100 lbs of body weight. It has proven to be the most soluble and potent creatine on the market and was proven in multiple academic studies to be at least 59X more soluble* than creatine monohydrate. This is significant because creatines vary in performance largely based on solubility.The reason solubility is crucial is that when you increase creatine solubility (the ability to dissolve), you enhance creatine delivery (absorption into body and ultimately into the muscles).
Should Women Take Creatine HCl?
Yes, women can experience the same benefits from taking creatine that men do, such as in muscle strength, endurance, and more intense workouts (equating to more calories burned). Creatine will also support increases in muscle density. The more density created, the more muscle shape and tone, all of which is often something women are looking to achieve. Creatine is found in animal proteins such as beef, but women tend to have daily diets that are low in animal-rich proteins, therefore supplementing with a creatine will give them the daily creatine supply they need, especially if they work-out frequently. One of the biggest attributes of Creatine HCl is that there are no unpleasant side effects experienced, such as water retention, bloat, or puffiness -- all of which are things caused by other creatine and that women look to avoid completely. Creatine HCl also comes in a capsule form which tends to be preferred by many women.
What Amount of Creatine HCl is Considered Normal in a 200lbs Person?
In light of the plethora of information put in the market by various vendors to support their products in terms of what should be “loaded” and then “maintained,” from a creatine in-take perspective, what follows is a breakdown of what a typical 200-pound person should consider: • This person has approximately 160 grams of “free” creatine in their body at any point in time and is burning about 2.5 grams of free creatine per day. • The body produces approximately 1 gram of creatine per day on its own. • The body then needs the balance of 1.5 grams of creatine per day via diet or Supplementation. • More activity/exercise can cause more creatine to be used and therefore needed. Given the inefficiency, or put another way, the lack of potency associated with the various creatine products on the market today, it forces these vendors to hype heavy in-take during loading periods. In essence, it is their admission to their own products’ lack of potency and a marketing ploy to increase usage/dosage, thereby increasing overall demand. Therefore, with a 200lb person, we recommend ½ tsp taken 1 hour prior to your work-out.
Do I Need to LOAD and/or CYCLE with Creatine HCl?
No, there is no loading or cycling with Creatine HCl. Because Creatine HCl is highly soluble and highly potent, it delivers creatine directly to the muscles in a manner that does not require the inefficient process known as loading. There is no need to cycle on and off Creatine HCl, as it safely delivers creatine in a consistent and efficient manner, which eliminates the need for cycling.
Why/How Are Creatine HCl Servings So Small?
A single dose of Creatine HCl is ¼ teaspoon, or 750 mg. That is the equivalent in muscle cell potency to 3 – 5 grams of creatine monohydrate. This is because studies validate that uptake (bioavailability) of creatine monohydrate ranges between 15 – 18% and the rest is unused and excreted by the body.
What is the Main Reason Why Creatine HCl does not Produce Negative Side-Effects?
Creatine HCl delivers safe, effective, and dramatic results in increased strength, endurance, and muscle recovery…with none of the negative side effects typical of other creatines (bloating, cramping, GI issues, water retention, etc). It's the only creatine that is dosed per body weight — ¼ teaspoon per 100 lbs of body weight. It has proven to be the most soluble and potent creatine on the market and was proven in multiple academic studies to be at least 59X more soluble* than creatine monohydrate. This is significant because creatines vary in performance largely based on solubility.The reason solubility is crucial is that when you increase creatine solubility (the ability to dissolve), you enhance creatine delivery (absorption into body and ultimately into the muscles).
Is Creatinine the Primary Cause of Side-Effects?
No. The primary cause is related to the difficulty the body has with excreting large dosage forms of other creatine products and the edema (fluid redistribution) of creatine outside the muscle tissue.
Should I Take Creatine HCl On My Off Days?
Creatine HCl is completely safe to take every day, and many people will take their regular dose, or half of their regular dose, on off days of training to help with muscle recovery. It is not necessary to take on your off days and will work just as effectively if taken before workouts.
When can I Expect to See Results from Using Creatine HCl?
Users often report an immediate impact on endurance and recovery. From a strength building and muscle size perspective, our user assessments (volunteers who dosed from 4 to 104 weeks) reflected that 95% of users saw results in the first four weeks of usage with the balance noting results by week five. It is important to note that continued use of Creatine HCl is safe and will continue to positively impact endurance, recovery, strength, and mass when taken as directed. Remember, by facilitating strength and recovery, Creatine HCl allows you to work-out longer and more effectively so that you can build more muscle. It also can help increase muscle volume by pulling water into the cells for protein synthesis, which, in turn, causes the muscles to be bigger.
Is Creatine HCl for Pre- or Post-Workout?
Both, Creatine HCl is an extremely soluble creatine supplement that is taken one hour before exercise or a high-intensity sports activity for anyone looking to increase their conditioning and performance level. Creatine HCl can also be taken post-workout to help with muscle repair and recovery.
What is the pH of Creatine HCl? And Why is the pH of a Creatine Important?
pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Aqueous solutions at 25°C with a pH less than 7 are considered acidic, while those with a pH greater than 7 are considered basic (alkaline). The pH reading of a solution is usually obtained by comparing unknown solutions to those of known pH. With that said, a dose of Creatine HCl in 4-6 ounces of a liquid (grape juice, apple juice or water) yields a pH of approximately 2.0, but it does vary with the volume of liquid in which it is dissolved. The stomach has a pH that can vary between 1.0 and 2.0. Bioavailability of a substance and absorption in the stomach are effected by pH in that the gastro intestinal (GI) tract is accustomed to dealing with low pH materials, and therefore requires no change or differentiated chemistry to process. Put another way, Creatine HCl’s low pH is symbiotic to the stomach and the cleaved molecules are a completely natural component of the GI tract. This alignment produces the exceptional bio-availability and absorption rates that have been proven by the superior results experienced by Creatine HCl users.
How Important is it that Creatine HCl Dissolves in Water?
While there are significant studies that examine the percentage of water in the human body, it is widely agreed that the typical male has approximately 69% of their body mass comprised of water. For females, this number is approximately 55% (due to the higher proportion of body fat). Obviously, water is a critical component of life, and instrumental in maintaining health and wellness. These facts point to the significance of Creatine HCl being soluble and stable in water. Our studies have concluded that creatine must dissolve in liquid form for it to be absorbed into the bloodstream and penetrate the muscles. Solubility is a critical factor in the absorption of creatine and its efficacy.
How Old Should I be to Take Creatine HCl
As with any new supplement or change in dietary routine, it is advised to check with your family practitioner first before trying Creatine HCl. Creatine HCl is a safe, natural supplement that is free of banned substances, and can be the perfect compliment to a young athlete’s strenuous exercise or athletic routine to help with extra functional energy. Of course, there are factors to consider first, such as the athlete’s weight, height and activity level.
Is There Any Reason to be Concerned About Sports Drug Testing?
No, Creatine HCl is a natural creatine that is made in the USA and is manufactured in a cGMP environment. There are no sugars, additives or fillers, and there are no banned or illegal substances. The only ingredient in Creatine HCl is 100% concentrated creatine hydrochloride. One can be assured when taking Creatine HCl, that you will never need to worry about any banned or illegal substances or ingredients hidden in our product. Completely safe and legal, Creatine HCl complies with all amateur and professional drug and doping control standards issued by professional and amateur athletic organizations. In addition, we have taken the extraordinary step of having Creatine HCl screened through the International Olympic Committee drug panel by Aegis Laboratories.
Is it Normal to See Clumping in the Powder?
In stability studies, Creatine HCl remained stable well-beyond the outside parameters of the testing, which was months beyond any other type of creatine. It is not uncommon for some powders or crystals to bind to themselves because of the natural molecular lattice work of the compounds and/or their particle density when subjected to weight or pressure. Sometimes slight moisture (humidity) can cause increased self-affinity for the Creatine HCl molecules. Therefore, clumping can occur but does not affect the product by any means. However, it is recommended that you store the powder in a cool, dry area.
Does taking Creatine HCl with Grape or Apple Juice Create a Glucose Carrier to Assist Product Delivery into the Body’s System as Compared to Simply Taking it with Water?
No, we only suggest taking Creatine HCl with about 6 ounces of grape or apple juice because when mixed with these juices, it helps with the tart taste of Creatine HCl’s unflavored powder. We do not promote, nor do we make any claims regarding the concept of a glucose carrier approach. In fact, our test results show Creatine HCl performing equally well regardless of the liquid in which it is dissolved. Also, Creatine HCl has several excellent flavored powders.
Is it Safe to Stack Creatine HCl with Other Supplements?
Creatine HCl can be stacked with complementary supplements. For example, stacking with whey or protein-based supplements is fairly typical and allows the user to benefit from the unique qualities each of these supplements offers. Other supplements ingredients that might provide additional benefits to the user and are safe to take with Creatine HCl are beta-alanine, d-ribose, caffeine, arginine, citrulline, or most commonly as a part of a Pre-Workout or Post-Workout Recovery product. We would, however, discourage anyone from stacking Creatine HCl with another creatine-based product, or with a product that does not fully disclose their ingredients list.