CreacTor is MuscleTech’s most recent Creatine supplement which contains just two ingreidents: Creatine HCl and Free Acid Creatine…FIND IT HERE
Creatine is the most extensively studied ergogenic aid currently available, and by far one of the most effective at increasing both strength and muscle mass. Its primary mechanism of action is its ability to rapidly produce Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) to support cellular energy, thereby directly increasing strength and power output.
Additionally, during high intensity exercise, Creatine is used for energy which tends to spare the glycogen that would normally be used. Since lactic acid is a by-product created when glucose is burned for energy, Creatine may also indirectly reduce lactic acid build-up which poses a secondary mechanism by which Creatine can potentially enhance performance.
CreacTor contains 750mg of Creatine HCL, a more soluble form that is sometimes touted to be superior in terms of absorption. This claim has not been substantiated (and doesn’t really hold up theoretically either) but since Creatine HCL is more soluble it may be a little easier on the stomach. Unfortunately, 750mg isn’t an effective dose.
FREE ACID CREATINE
Free Acid Creatine, as MuscleTech refers to it, is simply Creatine that isn’t bound to an acid. This simply means that it is 100% Creatine. Unfortunately, the claims that it is superior in terms of absorption are off-base to say the least. 750mg of Free Acid Creatine cannot be considered a truly effective dose.
THE BOTTOM LINE
CreacTor is simply a combination of two forms of Creatine, neither of which has ever been shown to be superior to Creatine Monohydrate in terms of efficacy. CreacTor may dissolve in water slightly better than other Creatines, but is that really a big deal? With just 1.5g of Creatine per serving, atleast 3-4 servings would be needed daily to yield a truly effective dose, making the 120 servings actually more like 30 or so. Given that Creatine Monohydrate is dirt-cheap and works just as well, we just don’t really see any reason to go with CreacTor…other than the cool packaging of course.
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