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Whenever you eat something, your body sends the nutrients in one of two directions: to be used as energy in your muscles, or to be stored as fat. This path can be determined by hormones, timing and many other bodily processes. Creatine can also play a role. Creatine functions as a partitioning agent, increasing the amount of nutrients and calories that go towards your muscle cells as opposed to fat storage. This effectively makes it an energy source for your muscles, helping to increase your strength and reduce fatigue during intense training.

Now that you understand why you should take creatine, let’s discuss how. Creatine occurs naturally in the body and can be found in some foods. However, any athlete trying to improve performance, build muscle and/or increase lean definition should supplement with an additional source. Below, we’ve broken down four of our supplements and their benefits:

Best Creatine

Best Creatine™ makes supplementation effortless by combining six advanced forms of creatine, each with their own benefits and absorption rates. This allows you to reap the benefits of strength, power and pump in the gym, and continue to build muscle and boost recovery long after your workout is complete. Plus, the ChromaDex® Quality Verified Seal on the label lets you know that this supplement has been tested for the highest quality possible.

Best Creatine Defined

Best Creatine Defined™ was also created with six advanced forms of creatine, but with the addition of a Defining & Hardening Agent. This blend helps ensure that nutrients are used for fuel, not stored as fat. Plus, by pushing nutrients into the muscles, you will see and feel an increase in cellular volumization, giving you a full, dry, hardened look instead of the “flat,” “depleted” look often associated with dieting. Best Creatine Defined™ is also specifically formulated so users will not feel bloated or retain “puffy” water weight, and it requires zero loading.

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Micronized Creatine

Micronized Creatine is 100% pure creatine monohydrate. We reduced the large creatine molecules into smaller particles to optimize bioavailability and absorption. Each dose delivers 5g of creatine for an almost instant increase in strength, power and muscular energy. Mix the unflavored powder with any pre-, intra- or post-workout supplement without any gritty taste or texture.

Amino Strong

Amino Strong™ is a 3-in-1, multifunctional formula that contains essential amino acids (EAAs), creatine, betaine and citrulline. This combination helps build muscle, increase pumps, improve strength, accelerate recovery, prevent muscle breakdown and boost endurance. This all-in-one product simplifies three different supplements into one scoop!

To reap the benefits of creatine (or supplements containing creatine), we recommend taking 2 scoops per day. Many people like to mix their first scoop in with their pre-workout to increase their strength, pump and performance during their training session. It’s also important to take creatine after your workout. Eat a post-workout meal with protein and carbs, and the creatine will help push the nutrients to your muscles for improved recovery, lean muscle building and glycogen replenishment.