Creatine is one of the most well researched and effective supplements in existence. Creatine works by binding to a phosphate group to convert to creatine phosphate in the body, creatine phosphate is used by your body to aid in adenosine triphosphate production (ATP). ATP is the body’s source of energy. When you eat any food your body oxidizes the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to ATP. To use ATP as energy the body breaks one of the phosphate groups off of ATP and creates adenosine di-phosphate (ADP), ADP needs to be converted back to ATP to be used again by the body. Creatine has a phosphate group and this phosphate group can be donated to ADP to create more ATP. This allows for more muscle contractions in a shorter period of time than you would be able to get without creatine. Creatine also increases muscle cell hydration, this is proven to help with muscle protein synthesis. These benefits are scientifically proven and there are studies showing creatine can; increase strength and power, increase muscle mass, increase fat loss, improve recovery, and improve sports performance. This makes creatine a must have supplement no matter what your goals are. Max Effort uses a unique blend of three creatine sources, this blend includes creatine monohydrate, creatine alpha-ketoglutarate, and creatine hydrochloride.
Creatine Monohydrate: The original creatine, this is the most well researched and time-proven creatine on the market. Creatine monohydrate is the main source of creatine in the tri-blend and it should always be the main ingredient of a creatine product. This creatine is the most creatine by weight when compared to all other types of creatine.
Creatine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (AKG): Creatine AKG is creatine bound to alpha-ketoglutaric acid, this gives you all the same benefits of creatine but with the added benefit of AKG. AKG is a key component of the Krebs cycle, your body uses energy from the Krebs cycle when stress becomes too much for ATP synthesis alone. This will create another level of endurance during workouts because AKG helps the Krebs cycle create more energy for the body. AKG also helps with tendon and collagen repair and reducing oxidative stress as well as acid load.
Creatine Hydrochloride (HCL): The benefits of creatine HCl come from its enhanced solubility in fluid and absorption in the intestines. The hydrochloride group connected to the creatine makes it more acidic, which allows for an easier mix in water. This means a smaller dose of creatine HCL will carry the same benefit as a slightly larger dose of creatine monohydrate. This is why creatine HCL is not dosed as highly as creatine monohydrate in tri-blend creatine.
Creatine is one of the safest and most effective products you can take to help with any athletic or recreational fitness goals. Tri-Blend Creatine by Max Effort uses three of the most scientifically proven and effective forms of creatine to make sure you get the most out of the product, and the most out of your workouts.
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