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About Creatine Blends

Creatine Blends are formulated with variety of creatine types, some of which are commonly seen in standalone products. There can be two benefits associated with creatines other than a pure creatine product, like monohydrate or anhydrous. First, we have the creatine itself, and secondly, there is a carrier molecule attached, which has a separate set of benefits for exercise performance and recovery.


Some of the most commonly used forms of creatine are creatine hydrochloride, creatine nitrate and creatine malate. The nitrate attached to the creatine molecule, in this case, has a completely separate set of biological uses to standard creatine. Nitrate is a naturally occurring compound found in high amounts in beetroot and spinach. It is a facilitator of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis in the human body, via an alternate route to the commonly used arginine and citrulline amino acids. NO is a gas that relaxes the smooth muscles of the blood vessels, causing dilation and more blood flow to the peripheries and muscle tissue. In doing so it also lowers blood pressure. Thus NO is believed to improve nutrient delivery to muscle tissue during exercise, improve performance and enhance muscle "pumps". In addition, creatine nitrate also provides creatine to improve phosphocreatine stores and enhance explosive strength and power.


Creatine Malate provides the benefits of regular creatine, yet with the addition of a malate molecule. Malate, or malic acid, is commonly used to enhance the "tart" taste of citrus flavoured products, and is a constituent of the krebs cycle. The krebs cycle is a foundational step in the synthesis of ATP (energy) by producing the intermediary metabolites NADH and FADH2. Therefore, malate may aid in the synthesis of energy, and potentially reduce muscle soreness as a results of exercise. Research in fibromyalgia sufferers, meaning muscle pain, indicated that malic acid may assist in reducing muscle pain, which is similar to that experienced after exercise, also called delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. 


Some of the Creatine Blends also contain carbohydrates and other functional ingredients, designed to improve exercise capacity and recovery. The carbohydrates included aid in creating an insulin spike, which creates a creatine and amino acid "shuttle" into the muscle cell, thereby improving the bioavailability of creatine. Taking creatine with a high glycemic index carbohydrate, such as dextrose or mashed potato, is a surefire way  to increase muscle uptake of this helpful tripeptide. What’s a tripeptide? Creatine is. Tri, meaning three, refers to the amount of amino acids that make up creatine, which are arginine, methionine and glycine. 


Creatine Blends cover all of the creatine basis, containing a host of additional nutrients, such as nitrate and malate, to assist with exercise performance and recovery.