This article is going to breakdown the different types or forms of creatine for muscle-building; specifically for naturally skinny guys.
It’s going to cover the four main types of creatine and give you the information to weigh the pros and the cons and our suggestion on the best creatine to build rock-solid lean muscle mass.
Creatine is one of the only scientifically proven supplements that help build lean muscle and increase the energy output of your hard-working muscles; it’s basically going to allow you to put more overload on your body’s largest and strongest muscle groups.
The more overload you can put on your muscle groups, the stronger you’re going to get, the higher your testosterone levels are going to be. It also has residual compound effect of building lean muscle mass and increase your strength.
Creatine had a really bad reputation back in the day and a lot of people thought it gave you kidney problems and cause stomach issues but a lot of that has actually been refute. Creatine is the most widely research supplementation in the world and it’s never been shown to be harmful in anyway when used within the recommended daily dosage. There’s been a study by the in 2004 by a European council that three grams of creatine (long-term use) has absolutely no long-term side effects. So, creatine is a safe, powerful, scientifically-proven muscle building supplement.
Best Form of Creatine For MUSCLE MASS – the pros and cons:
#1 creatine monohydrate
The first type is the creatine monohydrate. This is the old fashioned formula. This is the creatine that’s been around for about 30-40 years – it’s the stuff that people have been taking since the 1970’s used by a lot of old school bodybuilders.
the pros: it is very cheap. It’s the lowest cost when you’re comparing it with the other three that we’re going to discuss in price per serving.
the cons: your body isn’t going to be able to absorb all of it. So when you take this cheap creatine, your body doesn’t absorb all of it. So you’re taking five grams but your body’s only really absorbing about 15, 20, 25 percent of it. Depending on if you have any sugar in your system and how your body absorbs it. Regardless of how much you take, the only thing that’s effective is how much your body and your muscle tissue is actually absorbing. This means you have to take more. And the creatine that’s not absorbed by your muscle tissue actually sits outside and causes a lot of that excess water weight and that bloating effect that associated with the cheaper forms of creatine. You still are going to get some in your skeletal tissue. It’s still going to help you increase your strength but you’re going to have some excess bloat and water retention associated with creatine monohydrate formula.
The second form of creatine is Kre-alkalyn. Also known as buffered creatine and this type of creatine has actually been formulated. They’ve adjusted the PH level of the creatine formula so your body’s able to absorb a lot more of it.
the pros: when you’re taking a couple grams, your body’s absorbing 70, 80, 90 percent of it and you have less of that creatinine by-product that sits outside of your muscle cells that causes that water retention , bloating, and a lot of those stomach issues that people have been complaining about.
the cons: buffered creatine is going to cost you more money than your regular creatine monohydrate but it’s a lot more effective; you don’t have to take as much. You don’t need to do loading phases like you do with the cheap form of creatine. You take it and it’s instantly absorbent to your skeletal tissue. It’s going to cost you about twice as much price per serving though when compared to the creatine monohydrate.
#3 Micronized creatine
Next is micronized creatine. Micronized creatine is very cheap and it’s highly effective. The whole science behind micronized creatine is the smaller the particle, the easier your body is able to absorb it.
the pros: by micronizing it, they’ve created these tiny creatine particles and this means when you take it your muscle tissue absorbs almost all of it. So you don’t have this excess creatinine by-product which is the negative by-product and which doesn’t absorb everything that you need. It also has a good price per serving.
the cons: it only costs slightly more than the good old fashioned creatine monohydrate powder.
#4 Creatine HCL
Last but not least is this new form of creatine HCL. A company by the name of ProMera Sports makes this stuff called CON-CRET.
the pros: Creatine HCL is “suppose” to be the best absorbing creatine out of all the other forms. It was claim to be develop using the best technology available, another words it suppose to be the best absorbing form of creatine.
the cons: the negative is it’s really expensive when compared to types of creatine. Personally I didn’t notice much difference when I took the Con-Cret creatine HCL. I wasn’t retaining any bit of water weight. As far as increasing my strength and building more lean muscle mass I really didn’t notice a dramatic difference. Again this is based on my personal experience.
Conclusion and Recommendation:
We have tried all four of these creatine formulas and I didn’t notice a dramatic difference in strength with any of them. They’re all in my opinion, very similar when it comes to increasing strength and increasing muscle mass.
We would recommend the most if you want to combine everything for the lowest price per serving with the best muscle building results and the least amount of water retention and bloat is Micronized Creatine. As for the brand, Optimum Sports is very cost effective; it will help you naturally skinny guys pack on rock-solid lean muscle mass. Of course, your diet is more important than any type of supplement!
So that’s it for the four different types of creatine breakdown. Let us know which one your taking and if you are seeing any difference in your performance.