Creatine is a tried and true and is the most studied supplement in the industry. Creatine is used for increased strength and muscle endurance, and also helps muscles recover.
Price: Anywhere from $6 for 150 grams up to $38 for 2000 grams
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Ingredients: 5g Creatine Monohydrate
After doing research on creatine I decided to try my luck with them. I bought this bottle for $38 and overall I’m very happy with it. The micronized formula of this creatine seems to mix better than other monohydrates, but still have a little left in the bottom. Some pre-workouts and proteins contain creatine and sure enough most of the time that is why there is grit left behind. This creatine is flavorless and you can mix with anything, generally water or a non acidic juice such as grape juice is ideal. I personally just dump a tablespoon’s worth in my mouth, swish around some grape juice and swallow. It’s easy and painless to do.
The bottle did not come with a scoop, you must provide your own teaspoon. I suggest snagging your tablespoon measuring spoon or buy a set and stick it in there, it’s the easiest way to do that. Other than having to provide your own measuring utensil, there is no downside to this product.
Overall I give this product a 5/5.
If you have the extra funds, I’ve found Beta Alanine and creatine to mix well as a pre-workout. There are studies out there linking the two supplements together for a synergistic effect, check it out.
Disclaimer: Supplements are made to help supplement your lifestyle. If you do not have a decent diet and workout routine already in place, this is not going to be a miracle muscle growth formula. Get off your ass and make some magic happen.
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6 thoughts on “Product Review: Micronized Creatine Powder by Optimum Nutrition”
Is there a best time to take creatine, or is it something you should take every day?
There are some people who are going to swear to take creatine post workout, some say pre workout, some say with dinner, some say breakfast.. I just take mine in the morning when I take other vitamins and supplements. Generally you would take it every day, I’ve been doing that and seen great results. No need to load the creatine, if you wanted to do 5g in the morning and 5g at night for a couple weeks to help get it in your system faster that would be fine.
Drink plenty of water and you are going to be happy with the results!
The serving size on mine says heaping teaspoon and it is the same brand, are you sure it says tablespoon?
Teaspoon, tablespoon. I prefer to be on boss mode haha.
Thanks for the catch, I meant teaspoon.
Is creatine a steroid?
Creatine is a molecule in an energy system (creatine phosphate) that can rapidly produce energy (ATP) to support cellular function. This underlies the performance enhancing and neuroprotective properties of creatine. Creatine is remarkably safe for most people and is a well-researched supplement.
Creatine is a tripeptide compound, made up of three amino acids (L-arginine, L-glycine, and L-methionine), it does not possess the steroid backbone and does not fall into the scientific definition, and it is not illegal nor does it influence hormones nearly as much as the above mentioned ‘steroid’ compounds.