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Fitness: Creatine Monohydrate

Anyone using sports supplements will probably have heard of a nitrogenous organic acid, called Creatine Monohydrate.

Creatine has the ability to make you stronger, or more precisely, it breaks down into Adenosine Triphosphate, giving your muscles more energy to draw on in times of intense demand. This obviously makes creatine of interest to both professional and recreational athletes alike.

I have written articles about creatine in the past, but recently I’m being asked more about the effectiveness of a something called Creatine Ethyl Ester, which is making its way onto the sports nutrition market, and whether it is worth the extra cost.

Historically, the monohydrate version of creatine has always been the choice for the athlete, being relatively inexpensive, safe to use and giving great results for most people. Creatine, however, can cause the muscle tissue to hydrate within the muscle cell and is sometimes mistakenly called bloat, or water retention.

Creatine Ethyl Ester, however, is supposedly meant to give you the same effects as Monohydrate, but without the water retention. So does it work? Well, the first consideration is that any water retention from Monohydrate is within the muscle cell and not subcutaneous. (under the skin) Hydration within the muscle cell is not necessarily a bad thing, so I’m consequently not sure why anyone would not want this to happen.

The second thing is that there are no real independent tests that show that Creatine Ethyl Ester does actually stop any water retention, and I believe there have even been tests that indicate the Ethyl Ester version of creatine can in fact increase water retention under the skin, which is exactly where you don’t want it!

Like is often the case with new products, the problem they supposedly fix, isn’t really a problem at all, and my own personal view is that Creatine Ethyl Ester is one of these. By all means try it if you like, but you will almost certainly not get any better results from the Ester version of creatine than you would the Monohydrate version, but you will more than likely pay considerably more money for it.

While I’m passionate about the effectiveness of sports supplements, I’m just as keen to point out supplements that are over hyped or are more about “the sale” than the effectiveness.

If you want to know if the supplements you are using are right for you, or if they even work at all, then come down to St Nicholas Street and ask.

Until next time….you know where to come.
Ant Watt

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