For the past two decades, Creatine Monohydrate has been king in the sports supplement arena. With extensive research and hundreds of clinical studies backing its ability to help accelerate power and strength, creatine monohydrate is a proven powerhouse supplement that can help optimize performance. But eventually, every king has to be dethroned.
In this article, you’re going to learn
- What is Kre-Alkalyn Creatine
- How Does Kre-Alkalyn Work
- What Are The Benefits Of Kre-Alkalyn
- What’s The Difference Between Creatine and Kre-Alkalyn
- Clinical Studies That Prove The Power Of Kre-Alkalyn
- How To Use Kre-Alkalyn
- What Are The Side Effects Of Kre-Alkalyn?
- Is Kre-Alkalyn Right For You?
What Is Kre-Alkalyn Creatine?
Kre-Alkalyn is a patented pH correct form of Creatine phosphate. Kre-alkalyn was created to address the negative side effects of creatine monohydrate, namely the toxic conversion to the by-product creatinine. Creatinine is a corollary of creatine metabolism and can cause negative side effects such as water retention, bloating, and muscle cramps.
By adding an alkaline powder such as (soda ash, magnesium glycerol phosphate, bicarbonate) to ordinary creatine monohydrate, it stabilizes the acidity level between 7-14, making it more bioavailable and inhibiting the process of creatinine conversion.
In a study published in the International Journal of Pharmacology, pH and stability testing was conducted to see how Kre-Alkalyn compared to creatine monohydrate, in regards to creatinine conversion. Both real-time and accelerated testing were conducted to determine shelf-life stability. Only after 150 days or the equivalent to 5 years of real time during the accelerated testing was there a diminutive amount of creatine converted into creatinine and 0.1% after 180 days, which is equivalent to 6 years in real time. Creatine monohydrate has a pH between 2-3 as soon as it is dissolved in water, resulting in a highly acidic environment. Since the environment is more acidic, it immediately converts to creatinine, which causes side effects such as bloating, water retention, and cramping. This also means your body needs more creatine monohydrate since it’s less bioavailable. (1)
How Does Kre-Alkalyn Work?
Much like creatine monohydrate, research shows that Kre-Alkalyn increases strength and improves exercise performance. (2) Added creatine in the muscle cells, results in more rapid ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) generation between functional movements, or workout sets, allowing athletes to maintain a higher training intensity and improve the quality of the workouts during training (3) Therefore, by having more creatine within your muscle cells, your body has the ability to generate more energy, power, and speed, which translate into bigger gains.
What Are The Benefits Of Kre-Alkalyn?
The major benefits of Kre-Alkalyn come during very intense bouts of exercise, such as lifting, jumping, and sprinting. With an addition of creatine to support ATP generation, your body exerts a maximum physical effort before it depends on the breakdown of carbohydrates, specifically glucose to provide energy through glycolysis. Supplementing with Kre-Alkalyn is reported to increase the content of creatine phosphate in muscle by approximately 20%. Research shows that
- Kre-Alkalyn is proven to help increase strength and exercise performance (5)
- Kre-Alkalyn helps increase lean muscle mass (6)
- Unlike Creatine Monohydrate, Kre-Alkalyn has the added benefit of significantly increasing VO2 Max (7)
What’s The Difference Between Kre-Alkalyn And Creatine Monohydrate?
It’s true that both creatine monohydrate and kre-alkalyn can dramatically improve exercise performance. But there are some noteworthy differences between the creatine and kre-alkalyn that can make a significant difference in your training and overall performance
- Creatine Monohydrate can cause gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, stomachaches or cramping from converting creatine into creatinine (a toxic by-product of creatine conversion)
- Kre-Alkalyn is not degraded to creatinine and therefore solves for the gastrointestinal issues and side effects of creatine monohydrate such as bloating and cramping.
- 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 pH correct and stabilized, it more bioavailable meaning your body can produce the same effects with much smaller doses. 1. 5 grams of Kre-Alkalyn is equivalent to about 10–15 grams of ordinary Creatine Monohydrate
- Creatine Monohydrate requires cycles, specifically 1 week of loading, 4-5 weeks of maintenance, and 1-2 weeks off. Kre-Alkalyn does not require cycling or loading
Clinical Studies That Prove The Power Of Kre-Alkalyn
Kre-Alkalyn Helps Improve Endurance
The effects of creatine monohydrate have been extensively researched, however clinical trials involving the use of kre-alkalyn are somewhat limited.
An FDA guided controlled study was performed to assess the endurance and stamina differences between kre-alkalyn and creatine monohydrate. 12 subjects were administered either 1.5g of either kre-alkalyn or creatine one-hour pre-workout. Each subject was placed on a cycle and increased the level of difficulty for a total of 14 steps every 15 seconds.
The creatine group cycled for an average of 55 seconds with an average heart rate of 150.
The kre-alkalyn group cycled for an average of 120 seconds at an average heart rate of 145.
The results indicate that the kre-alkalyn group was able to sustain greater endurance and increased stamina than the creatine group by 118.2% (8)
Kre-Alkalyn Helps Improve VO2 Max
In a clinical trial comparing Kre-Alkalyn to Creatine Monohydrate by a panel of physicians, at Greenberg Medical Center in Bulgaria, 24 male olympic level soccer athletes were divided into two test groups. Group one ingested 750 mg of Kre-Alkalyn, while group two ingested 750 mg of Creatine Monohydrate for a test period of 16 weeks.
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. (7)
With a higher maximal oxygen consumption, you can dramatically improve running, rowing, and cycling capacity.
Kre-Alkalyn Improves Strength
Research also indicates that Kre-Alkalyn improves greater strength gains than compared to creatine monohydrate. In a double-blind controlled study, 24 male Olympic weightlifters were administered 5g of kre-alkalyn or creatine monohydrate per day for 8 weeks. Performance measurements were taken at 1RM for squat, snatch, clean and jerk, and high snatch.
After 8 weeks, the results showed that the Creatine Monohydrate group displayed an average increase over baseline of 8.39% for the snatch, clean & jerk, high snatch, & back squat. The Kre-Alkalyn group displayed an average increase over baseline of 10.76%.
By comparison, the average increase in total lifts for the KreAlkalyn group in the snatch, clean & jerk, high snatch, & back squat was 28.25% over the Creatine Monohydrate group. (9)
How To Use Kre-Alkalyn?
The best way to take Kre-Alkalyn for a maximum benefit in athletic performance is supplementing 3g 20 minutes before each training session.
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What Are The Side Effects Of Kre-Alkalyn?
Clinical studies have shown that kre-alkalyn is safe and non-toxic for human consumption with no known side effects (10)
Is Kre-Alkalyn Right For You?
If creatine monohydrate is currently part of your supplement regimen, then you should consider making a switch to kre-alkalyn. If you want to become a better or more competitive athlete, then why wouldn’t you use the best type of creatine to improve your performance?
Both kre-alkalyn and creatine monohydrate help improve speed, power and exercise performance. However kre-alkalyn requires smaller doses, there’s no cycling. The biggest and most notable difference however is that since kre-alkalyn doesn’t convert to the toxicby-product creatinine, it solves for side effects such as bloating, water retention, and cramping.
Thinking about supplementing your fitness with Kre-Alkalyn?
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- Afgerinos A., Vodenicharova, K., Shishmanova D., Goranov D., Stroychev K., Clinical Trial Comparison of Kre-Alkalyn -vs- Creatine Monohydrate. Dr. I.S. Greenberg Medical Center, Sofia, Bulgaria (2006)
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- Stroychev K., Terziiski N., Comparison of Kre-Alkalyn to Creatine on body composition, muscular performance, & safety: Dr. I.S. Greenberg Medical Center, Sofia, Bulgaria (2006)
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