Are you using the wrong Creatine?

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As you know, Creatine is one of the most powerful and effective, supplements ever discovered. Numerous studies show that it can dramatically increase strength, lean body mass, and power to aid your sporting or physique goals.

When Creatine was first introduced, it was expensive. As more people started buying it and more companies began selling it, prices were forced down. A few manufacturers found ways to cut costs by buying cheap foreign (often Chinese sourced Creatine), with purity that was less than desirable.

Recent tests have highlighted the fact that many popular brands of Creatine contain large amounts of impurities - specifically Creatinine, Dicyandiamide, and Dihydrotriazine. This is due to the use of cheap, industrial-grade raw materials used in the manufacturing of Creatine.

In small amounts, these substances pose no safety risk. However, recent tests from University College Chichester have revealed that many well-known brands of Creatine supplements contain large amounts of these contaminants.

What are these contaminants and are they a health hazard?

Tiny amount of Creatinine is present in even the best Creatine products. Although it's a natural by-product of Creatine metabolism within your body, it has no effect on muscle growth. In the tests performed by University College Chichester, one product contained more than 24 times the normal amount of Creatinine. Some Chinese companies have poor manufacturing processes and are notorious for producing Creatine with high levels Creatinine. Nearly all brands of Creatine stored in liquid, serum, or gel are rapidly converted into the useless and inactive Creatinine, making the product completely ineffective and a waste of money. Avoid any liquid Creatine, unless they can give you specific guarantees.

Dicyandiamide is used to produce fertilisers, explosives, and cleaning compounds. It's formed during the production of Creatine. Large amounts are the result of incomplete or inefficient manufacturing. A quality Creatine product will contain very small amounts of Dicyandiamide, usually less than 50 parts per million, which poses no threat. However two products were contaminated with 500 parts per million, which is over ten times higher the recommended amount.

Large levels of dihydrotriazine in any Creatine product are the result of inefficient manufacturing process using cheap, low-grade raw materials. There is very little data available on its safety, and its toxic effects are largely unknown. Even a small amount of a contaminant (such as the dihydrotriazine) can add up quickly. For example, one Creatine product contained as much as 430 parts per million of Dicyandiamide. If a person is using 10 grams of Creatine per day, they're consuming 180 mg of this undesirable chemical.

You don’t need to worry about these contaminants, so long as you choose quality brands, that only sell the highest quality Creatine. Maximuscle produce products that contain very pure Creatine, as in their Creatamax-300 product, which contains MAXPURE™ Creatine. MAXPURE™ is stated to be of the highest quality and contain the least impurities when compared to other Creatine products.

Another good quality brand of Creatine is SKW Creapure, this is also a very good quality Creatine and reputable companies sometimes use this brand also.

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Mark   |.
No mention is made of cyclone in this piece. Does that mean some of this
undesirable elements are in it? If so, how much?
Christian   |.
No, Cyclone contains maxpure creatine, exactly the same as Creatamax 300. So
it's not going to contain these undesirable elements in any significant amount.
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