“Does Creatine Dissolve in Water?” This question has been asked many times on various sports message boards. I’m here to tell you that it does. Read on for a scientific review of this issue and some information on the products that I personally use that do not contain this chemical.
A while back, I had posted an article on my sports blog entitled, “Does Creatine Dissolve in Water?” in which I discussed the initial research that showed creatine (and by extension, weight training) does not dissolve in water. In that article, I touched upon some products that claim to be able to help increase ATP levels. I talked about a supplement called Gon Na. And I mentioned the aforementioned Creatine booster called Epogen.
Here’s where I’m going to get a bit technical and it’s going to take a little bit of time. Before I get into any specifics, just know that I like cee, powder and monohydrate. All of these have their own benefits when used properly. So, what is the difference between them? Well, lets see. Cee is a natural product and a simple caffeine boost whereas monohydrate, powder and monohydrate are considering natural sources of ATP which is why they tend to work more like cee.
Now let’s take a look at the products that don’t contain creatine. These products are made from natural ingredients such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), glycerin, glucose and hydroxytoluene. The primary objective of these products is to cause a greater insulin spike during exercise. When insulin spikes, your body will use its stored glucose or amino acids (glutamine and cysteine) to satisfy the demand. The end result is increased endurance.
So, we already know that there’s a significant role between the amount of insulin and the amount of glucose or amino acids used to satisfy that need. Here’s the bottom line… Creatine does not cause a significant insulin spike (unless you combine it with a large amount of extra carbohydrate) so the only real question here is… does creatine dissolve in water? To answer that, we need to understand what goes on in the kidneys.
When people take creatine (and in my case, most who I train), there are some things happening at the kidneys. Creatine is still being produced but now some of the extra creatine is going into the Creatine Ethyl Group (CEG). What this does is increase the amount of neurotransmitters being produced (norepinephrine and epinephrine). This is what we use to increase endurance, better mental performance, better overall cardiovascular conditioning (which leads to better fat loss) AND we don’t have to worry about nasty side effects like all the other anabolic steroids out there (like I mentioned before).