I first started taking Creatine when I was in college. I wanted to gain some muscle mass, look more fit, and of course be stronger; so after researching a bit, creatine seemed to be the supplement I was looking for. It had numerous studies that proved it could increase strength and power, and it seemed like the perfect addition to help me reach my goals.
Every day after class, I would go to the gym, take out my shaker bottle and toss a scoop of creatine in it, in hopes that I would get bigger, stronger, and faster at a much quicker rate. After a couple weeks it seemed like everything was working great. I was getting stronger and I had more energy, but instead of getting the body I wanted, (despite being on a great diet) I was bloated and puffy. Not only that, but during my CrossFit classes, I would start to cramp and couldn’t finish my workouts.
Because of the bloating and cramping, I stopped taking creatine monohydrate altogether. Did it work? Yes, it gave me more energy, and I felt explosive in my movements. But even though it was helping me get stronger and gain more size, it wasn’t the size and look that I wanted. Until I found out about Kre-Alkalyn.
What Is Kre-Alkalyn?
Kre-Alkalyn is a pH corrected form of creatine, also known as ‘buffered’ creatine. Kre-Alkalyn was created to address the negative side effects associated with ordinary creatine monohydrate, specifically the conversion of creatine to the toxic by-product creatinine. This is accomplished from adding an alkaline powder to micronized creatine in order to adjust the pH to a stable level. By adjusting the pH, Kre-Alkalyn does not have the normal side effects associated with creatine monohydrate, such as bloating, water retention and cramping.
What Are The Benefits Of Kre-Alkalyn?
Kre-Alkalyn is a combination of three different amino acids: glycine, arginine, and methionine. When creatine enters your body, it binds with a phosphate molecule, creating ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate), which is your body's natural energy source.
Supplementing with Kre-Alkalyn will increase your body’s immediate energy supply, by creating more ATP which can be extremely beneficial for endurance athletes that use short, fast, and explosive movements. Therefore, having more Kre-Alkalyn in your muscle cells can produce more ATP during intense bouts of exercise, which can help strength, power, and speed, which translates to more muscle growth.
What Are The Differences Between Kre-Alkalyn And Creatine Monohydrate?
There are several noteworthy differences between creatine and Kre-Aklayn.
- Creatine Monohydrate can cause gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, stomach aches or cramping from converting creatine into creatinine (a toxic by-product of creatine conversion) Kre-Alklayn is not degraded to creatinine, which subsequently leads to greater bioavailability and no known toxicity.
- Creatine Monohydrate requires a loading phase of 4-5 doses (typically 5 grams per dose) per day for up to 5 days and once a day thereafter. Since Kre-Alkalyn is more bioavailable and does not require a loading phase. Your body only requires 1.5-3g of Kre-Alkalyn per day, as compared to 10-15g of ordinary Creatine Monohydrate.
- Creatine Monohydrate requires you to cycle, specifically 1 week of loading, 4-5 weeks of maintenance, and 1-2 weeks off. Kre-Alkalyn does not require any cycling at all.
- Unlike Creatine Monohydrate clinical trials indicate, that Kre-Alkalyn also helps enhance muscle endurance and VO2 max.
In a clinical trial, conducted by Bioceuticals Research, 12 professional NFL football players, were split into three different weight categories and were administered 1.5g of Kre-Alkalyn each day, for six weeks. The results indicated that all groups significantly increased energy levels, reported more endurance, stamina, and lowered body fat percentages (1)
In another clinical trial comparing Kre-Alkalyn to Creatine Monohydrate by a group of physicians at Greenberg Medical Center, 24 Male Olympic Level athletes were divided into two test groups. Group one ingested 750 mg of Kre-Alkalyn per day while group two ingested 750 mg of Creatine Monohydrate for a test period of 4 months.
The results indicated that despite a negligible difference between the two groups in lean muscle mass and muscle strength, there was a significant increase in VO2 Max within the Kre-Alkalyn group.
What Is The Clinically Effective Dose Of Kre-Alkalyn
Research suggests that the recommended dose of Kre-Alkalyn is between 1.5-3g twice per day, for optimized athletic performance.
When I switched from Creatine monohydrate to Kre-Alkalyn, the negative side effects, such as water retention, bloating and cramping all disappeared. Despite having similar gains in terms of strength and power, Kre-Alkalyn also helps increase muscle endurance. Overall, I feel better using Kre-Alkalyn. I have more endurance, I feel stronger, and I can finish my workouts without having to worry about the cramping, the bloat, and the hassle of loading and cycling. Overall, Kre-Alkalyn is just a better option than creatine monohydrate.
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BioCeuticals Research & Development Analytical Laboratory. Does Kre-Alkalyn (US Patent #6,399,661) increase endurance in human beings. 2003 Case Study
Affouras, K. Vodenicharova, D. Shishmanova, K. Goranov, K. Stroychev. Clinical Trial Comparing Kre-Alkalyn to Creatine Monohydrate. Greenberg Medical Center, 2006.