The efficacy of some of the newer creatine formulations is a real concern for many athletes; with good reason. One of the most popular creatine serums currently on the market has recently come under harsh criticism by the scientific community. We analyzed the validity of these allegations in a recent issue of the Creatine Newsletter . Read the first part of a two-part newsletter series discussing a scientific study that compared the ergogenic effects of ordinary creatine monohydrate powder with that of a popular creatine serum; part two compares the ability of the same brand of creatine serum to raise serum creatine levels with reference to the elevation observed with creatine monohydrate powder.
You have an excellent grasp of Creatine. Can you assist with answering the query – if Creatine Monohydrate is causing Quadriceps Muscle Cramping, unrelated to exercise, on a Maintenance Dose of 5G/day, would this indicate a need to drop the Dose to say 3G/day? A drop from 8G/day in divided doses to 5G/day saw cessation of the Quad cramps appears to be no useful scientific data of the physiology of this effect. It is not just due to need for more Salt & water ( due to drawing of water into muscles with the Creatine) or Muscle hypertonicity.
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