By Corey Lewis, CPT, CSCS
Creatine has been helping people build lean muscle mass for decades, and health science investigators keep coming up with new improvements. Today I am going to explore a cutting edge formulation for creatine called Kre-Alkalyn creatine. Keep reading to discover how Kre-Alkalyn is different from other forms of creatine and may help you break out of a rut.
Taking supplements like creatine can enhance weightlifting benefits and improve your results. Creatine first came into popular awareness during the 1992 Olympic Games and has gained in popularity ever since. Today there are more than a dozen different formulations of creatine that attempt to fine-tune your workout results.
The most basic form of creatine is a compound that helps the body recycle energy molecules that are used up during exercise. Newer forms of creatine introduce additives like citrates and nitrogen compounds that provide other performance-enhancing effects. Other formulations alter the pH balance of creatine or add a buffering agent to make creatine more soluble in water.
Creatine gives you more power and endurance for activities like strength training. If you want to build muscle, creatine can help, but the importance of protein should not be overlooked. There are strength training benefits for everyone, not just bodybuilders and football players. Even if building muscle is not a priority for you, creatine can still help you meet your fitness goals.
Strength training increases the number of calories you burn and helps protect your mind and heart, as well. If you are looking to lose weight (or in other words, burn more fat), creatine can help melt those pounds away. Weight training for fat loss is gaining in popularity because the more muscle you have on your frame, the more calories you will burn in your workout.
Depending on your goals, there are several types of protein that you should consider taking in conjunction with creatine. Your personal goals will influence which of the many types of protein powder will be best for you.
Kre-Alkalyn creatine is a formulation that has been buffered to raise the pH of creatine to make it easier for the body to absorb. The smaller doses can result in you experiencing fewer side-effects, and the greater solubility means it can be prepared with less water. Smaller doses also mean that Kre-Alkalyn creatine is easier to take than bulkier forms.
The makers of Kre-Alkalyn creatine claim you do not need to start with a loading dose because of their buffering. While creatine loading may give some short term benefits, studies show creatine loading doesn’t help in the long term.
Kre-Alkalyn creatine requires you to drink more water than normal to stay hydrated, but it requires less than other forms of creatine. If you have experienced side-effects from other forms of creatine, Kre-Alkayln may help.
Like most cutting-edge products, Kre-Alkalyn creatine is more expensive than the monohydrate form, even when you account for the lower doses. Because it is new, it also has not been studied as much as other forms of creatine. Like other formulations, if you are at risk of kidney problems, you should consult with your doctor before using creatine. Certain painkillers like NSAIDs and other medications that can damage the kidneys should not be taken while you are using creatine.
When I compared Kre-Alkalyn reviews with other creatine products, I did not encounter many differences. Creatine is a trusted and well-known supplement, and side-effects are uncommon and usually mild.
The best form of creatine for you depends on your individual needs. The results you will see are pretty similar regardless of which type you take, so your personal preference is the most important consideration.
I found fewer complaints about the side effects of the Kre-Alkalyn formulation when compared to creatine monohydrate. So if you have experienced a side effect with other formulations of creatine, this might be an option for you.
There are a few negative reviews and reports of dissatisfaction with Kre-Alkalyn creatine, but they are heavily outnumbered by positive reviews. I have found that, no matter how good your product is, there will always be someone who is dissatisfied. I get suspicious if a product has no negative reviews, so I am happy to see a few disgruntled reviews for Kre-Alkalyn creatine.
Stacking is a popular method of supplementation that combines several different supplements with complementary effects. If you like to stack your supplements, one of the specialized forms of creatine may help you fine-tune or enhance your stack. The lower dosage of Kre-Alkalyn is also an advantage for stackers because it won’t add much volume to your stack.
Creatine is an effective and safe supplement that can help you build lean muscle fast. You still have to do the hard work of going to the gym, but your results should come faster and easier than without supplementation. Without a doubt, muscle-building exercises like strength training with weights, resistance bands, or bodyweight resistance are more effective in conjunction with creatine.
Functional fitness combined with creatine can help you strengthen muscle groups that are not performing as well as you would like. I like to target individual muscles and movements that help me perform better at sports and other activities. If you have any problem areas in your fitness goals, you may want to consider functional fitness, too. I like to think of it as a kind of protective shield for the healthy. If you do a lot of repetitive motions, you can use functional fitness to strengthen your body and protect against common injuries. But if you think you have a higher risk of injury, consult with your doctor or a physical therapist for a professional evaluation.y If you are injured, functional fitness should not be considered a replacement for professional care.
How can creatine help you reach your goals? If you are not already using creatine, consider trying it for a month and see how much you improve. If you are already using creatine and experiencing side effects, consider trying a different form. Kre-AlkalyncCreatine might help you be more consistent in your workouts and happier with your results.