Wednesday, March 21, 2007

How pure is your Creatine

Creatine was expensive when it was first introduced and this was an obvious inhibitor to the initial sales, but as more people began to use it and see the benefits of it prices were forced down. Some manufacturers began to import it with less purity than oe would expect. These cheap foreign imports often came from China.

Recently a number of tests have shown the presence of Creatinine, Dicyandiamide and Dihydrotriazine in a number of brands of Creatine. These are all impurities caused by using cheap raw materials.

What are the Impurities and what hazards could they pose

Tiny amount of Creatinine is present in even the best Creatine products. Although it’s a natural by-product of Creatine metabolism within your body, it has no effect on muscle growth. Nearly all brands of Creatine stored in liquid, serum are rapidly converted into the useless and inactive Creatinine, making the product completely ineffective and a waste of money. Avoid any liquid creatine, unless they can give you specific guarantees.

It’s formed during the production of Creatine. Large amounts are the result of incomplete or inefficient manufacturing. A quality Creatine product will contain very small amounts of Dicyandiamide, usually less than 50 parts per million, which poses no threat.

There is very little data available on its safety, and its toxic effects are largely unknown. Even a small amount of a contaminant (such as the dihydrotriazine) can add up quickly. For example, one creatine product contained as much as 430 parts per million of Dicyandiamide. If a person is using 10 grams of Creatine per day, they’re consuming 180 mg of this undesirable chemical.

You don't need to worry about these contaminants including the serum creatine issue, so long as you choose quality nutritional supplement outlets, that only sell the highest quality Creatine products.

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