Kre-Alkalyn Creatine Review

kre alkalyn creatine Among the wide-variety of lifters out there, whether they be bodybuilders, powerlifters, olympic weightlifters, cross-fitters, or anyone that spends time in a gym, you will find a boat-load of supplements used. Everyone wants to get bigger and stronger, faster. Unfortunately, most supplements are bogus. My supplementation doesn’t really go outside of a pre-workout, creatine, and multivitamin/mineral. Creatine is the most widely used and research workout supplement, and is also proven to be the most effective. Every supplement company knows this, and tries to find ways to sell it to you that their creatine is better. There’s a lot of hype about Kre-Alkalyn EFX made by All American Pharmaceutical, and how its the best there is. I have personally taken this supplement for the past year, and I have built an opinion of it. I study Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, as well as compete for the club powerlifting team. I ran the Sheiko program during the season this year, and am now running the Texas Method in an effort to focus on mass as well as strength. If you’ve ever ran Sheiko, you know how brutal it is to fight through high volume, russian-style training. Texas Method is no walk in the park either. Creatine is great way to help you bust through heavy sets, and I highly recommend it. But what creatine is the best? Is it Kre-Alkalyn? Normal creatine monohydrate? Let’s take a look at the facts. Now I first stumbled across Kre-Alkalyn about two years ago, as I too was looking for the best creatine supplement on the market. I heard a few guys talking big about this “buffered creatine” that was the best a man could get. I looked into it, read all the company’s studies on their own product (I now know these studies are often not reliable), and was convinced this stuff was the real deal. Perfect pH balance so none of the creatine was lost to creatinine? Sounded great to me, the still rather dumb meathead I was. I went ahead and bought a bottle, and was hooked on the stuff for quite some time. That being said, I’ve gotten wiser over time, and know a few more things now. Kre-Alkalyn’s main pitch is that it is pH correct creatine, which prevents premature conversion to its useless form of creatinine. All American Pharmaceutical’s studies say that normal creatine monohydrate rapidly converts to creatinine as soon as it hits water. The catch is, these studies have not been peer-reviewed and are 100% sponsored by themselves. Of course they want studies that make their product rise high above the competition, what supplement company wouldn’t? Contrary to what AAP has “concluded,” a much more in-depth and peer-reviewed journal suggests that under 2% of creatine monohydrate is converted to creatinine when it enters the human body1.  Texas A&M also did a study on Kre-Alkalyn vs. regular creatine monohydrate, and found Kre-Alkalyn no more effective than normal crea mono. The study actually suggests that creatine monohydrate actually had a slight edge over Kre-Alkalyn, as far as effectiveness in strength and lean body mass goes2. Does this mean that I don’t think Kre-Alkalyn is a great product? Certainly not. I made great progress with it just as I did with regular creatine monohydrate for so long. A lot guys swear by it and will never use anything else. I also had zero stomach issues with Kre-Alkalyn, whereas I have occasionally upset stomach with normal crea mono. When it comes to no stomach issues or bloating, Kre-Alkalyn is king, but it is no more effective, and may be slightly less effective, than the good ‘ol creatine monohydrate. It is a little more expensive, so if you find it worth the extra cash to buy the “more stable” Kre-Alkalyn, you won’t be disappointed, but you certainly won’t miss out on any gains if you use the beloved creatine monohydrate that never fails to let me down. Its your call, Jack. Enjoy the gains!   References   1. Philips, Shawn. “Stupid Human Creatine Myth #71 : Elevated Creatinine Levels.” Start Strong Monday. 2 September 2011. Web. 13 June 2014.   2. Roberts, Anthony. “Kre Alkalyn Proven Less Effective Than Creatine Monohydrate.” Live Powerfully. Web. 13 June 2014.

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