Ask The Trainer #161 – Kre-Alkalyn And Loading

Ask The Trainer #161 - Kre-Alkalyn And Loading

QUESTION:

Since the theory behind preloading phase of creatine is to ensure saturation of the receptor sites, why then would Kre-Alkalyn be any different even at the low dose of only 3g a day…I’m confused on how Kre-Alkalyn is superior to 25+ grams of creatine monohydrate for loading and using only 5g or so daily afterwards? I would suspect that taking say a larger dosage of Kre-Alkalyn as a preloading phase would be more beneficial in the long term.

Thanks,

Shawn


ANSWER:

Hi Shawn. That’s a great question! It’s one I frequently receive from enthusiastic supplement connoisseurs like yourself. It only makes sense that as an informed consumer you’re going to want to invest your hard-earned money into products that provide you with the most bang for your buck.

Muscles store the majority of exogenous creatine sources. Here it’s subject to perpetual degradation to creatinine waste. Eventually, the body replenishes creatine from a combination of dietary and/or endogenous synthesis.

Creatine synthesis transpires primarily in the kidneys, pancreas, and liver. However, the job of removing creatinine from the body falls primarily on the kidneys.

Kre-Alkalyn Is Creatine Monohydrate

What many supplement consumers don’t realize is that Kre-Alkalyn is actually creatine monohydrate. But, it has a higher pH level. This means it’s more compatible with the pH level that is naturally present in the human body. It also means the creatine will remain much more stable. Therefore, much less of it will end up converting into creatinine, the waste byproduct of creatine metabolism.

Regular creatine monohydrate is not formulated to be compatible with the human body’s normal pH. This means it will become unstable much more quickly, and convert into creatinine before the muscle cells have a chance to fully absorb it.


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Kre-Alkalyn Dosages

Since Kre-Alkalyn remains much more stable, the body requires a much lower dosage. Therefore, muscle cells consume the lion’s share as it’s not converted into creatinine waste. In other words, it’s not about how much creatine you take, as much as how much creatine you can efficiently metabolize.

This is why manufacturers and representatives of companies that produce regular creatine monohydrate will instruct consumers to load and maintain their levels at such high doses. So much of the creatine becomes unstable and converts to creatinine that higher doses are required to allow for an adequate amount of creatine to be delivered to the muscle cells. That’s why it makes sense to use a more stable creatine product like Kre-Alkalyn.

Creatinine

Creatinine is a waste product. That’s why less stable creatine formulas that readily convert into creatinine are notorious for producing undesirable side effects in many consumers.

Abnormally high levels of creatinine in the body have been associated with unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue, gastrointestinal complications, dehydration, bloating, neuropathy, confusion, and inability to concentrate.

Of course, you’ll meet plenty of individuals who claim they don’t experience any of these symptoms. Even so, I think most supplement consumers would agree it’s a wise choice to aim to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to selecting a creatine formula.

Hopefully, this answers your questions regarding the differences between Kre-Alkalyn and creatine monohydrate.

I wish you all the best of success in your training endeavors!

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Chad Shaw

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