I have spent considerable time researching supplements and have experimented with many different supplements for cognition, strength and libido, but one supplement that has always been a staple of my stack is creatine. From other work out gentlemen I know, they have always told me about Kre-Alkalyn and Purple K, and had only positive things to say about both creatines. For those who do not know, both of these creatines are essentially the same, but both creatine’s come in pill form and claim to be “buffered.” The process of buffering creatine supposedly makes it more available to your muscles than conventional creatine monohydrate. So after glancing at Kre-Alkalyn’s ridiculous claims that it delivers a billion times more creatine to your muscles or something, I decided to spend the extra $15 dollars on getting Kre-Alkalyn over my regular creatine mono-hydrate powder to test out this supposed wonder-creatine.
So a month goes by while I’m on Kre-Alkalyn, and naturally I am stunned; my arms look fucking massive and I appear to be lifting a lot more than usual. Could this magic pill creatine really be that much better than regular old powdered creatine monohydrate? Well, the science found Kre-Alkalyn to be bullshit, but then why did I get excellent results? Well that paper also notes that Kre-Alkalyn does work the same as creatine, but at lower doses it is less effective, with higher doses of Kre-Alkalyn performing similar to creatine monohydrate. I took the higher does of Kre-Alkalyn naturally assuming that is what anyone who seriously trains needs. In addition, at this time I was experimenting with a higher protein diet as well; that could account for the massive gains.
To be sure of the results published in that paper, after I finished my Kre-Alkalyn/Purple K cycle, I decided to purchase regular old creatine monohydrate after a month of going off of all creatine supplements. I made sure I stuck with a similar diet to when I was on Kre-Alkalyn, and I kept my intake of creatine monohydrate at 20 grams a day. So what the fuck happened? Well, the same fucking thing. To my upset, Kre-Alkalyn was nothing more then an overpriced dud. Not to say that Kre-Alkalyn did not help, but it did nothing more than regular creatine did for me.
I was pretty certain that Purple K was bullshit from the outset, but to be fair it does work, but it does not have any advantage over creatine monohydrate. The only thing I kind of noted was that there was less stomach upset upon taking Kre-Alkalyn/Purple K, but the difference was minimal to the point that paying double the price for this product makes no sense.
LONG LIVE MONOHYDRATE.