• Creatine

    Creatine is a natural substance found in the human body. It is essential to life, and the average adult has 80 - 130 grams of creatine in his or her body.

    Creatine plays a vital role in transporting energy within each of the body’s trillions of cells – in skeletal muscles, the heart, brain and other organs. As well as acting as an energy carrier, creatine almost certainly has other benefits that scientists do not yet fully understand.

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  • Creapure®

    Creapure® is the brand of creatine monohydrate manufactured in Germany by AlzChem AG. Our plant is located in Trostberg in Bavaria. We make Creapure® in a purpose-built plant that sets the highest standards in terms of quality, purity and safety.

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    Vitafoods Europe, 9 - 11 May 2017, Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland

    AlzChem Performance nutrition will be present at Vitafoods Europe. You will find us at booth F69.

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AlzChem Performance nutrition

Sports nutrition has been a focus for AlzChem Performance nutrition for many years and Creapure® is recognized as the premium brand of creatine worldwide. Careful selection of raw materials, manufacturing to GMP regulations, and precise analytical control ensure products of the highest purity.

Creatine

Creatine is a natural substance produced by the body. It plays a key role in transporting and storing energy in every cell. The adult human body contains 80 - 130 grams of creatine. Around 1 - 2 percent of this amount is broken down and eliminated from the body every day, and so has to be replaced. Some of this new creatine can be synthesized in various parts of the body, and some is provided through food intake. Creatine is present in significant amounts in meat and fish, but not in vegetables or dairy products.

Studies show that a daily intake of 3 grams of creatine can increase physical performance where immediate bursts of energy are required and demands on the body are at their maximum. This statement is allowed under EU law, which monitors the scientific evidence so strictly that few other nutritional supplements used for sports purposes are able to make similar claims about their effectiveness.

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Creapure®

The purity of creatine is just as important as its effectiveness. AlzChem AG has developed a very safe process for manufacturing an ultrapure product. The company has built its own production facility in Germany dedicated to creatine manufacture. This, plus regular internal and external quality controls along with ongoing scientific analysis, all helps to ensure that the quality of each production batch is the best possible.

AlzChem markets creatine monohydrate under the Creapure® brand name to major producers of sports nutrition supplements around the world. Manufacturers who use the Creapure® logo on their packaging are showing that their product contains a premium-quality ingredient of trusted origin from Germany.

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Events

Vitafoods Europe, 9 - 11 May 2017, Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland

AlzChem Performance nutrition will be present at Vitafoods Europe. You will find us at booth F69.

> www.vitafoods.eu.com

Frequently asked questions

What is creatine and how does it work?

Creatine is an energy carrier that is naturally present in your muscles, brain and other organs. In muscles, creatine in the form of phosphorylcreatine acts as a reserve of high-energy phosphate to provide energy during anaerobic exercise by regenerating ADP to ATP. Creatine has other important functions within the body, and is essential for life.

Does creatine occur naturally in my body?

Yes. An average adult has around 80 - 130 grams of creatine in his or her body.

Where does creatine come from?

If you eat meat and fish, you may get around half of your daily creatine supply directly from these. Approximately 50 percent of your daily creatine requirement is made in your body from amino acids in your food. And of course you can take extra creatine as a dietary supplement.

Which foods contain creatine?

Animal muscle – fresh meat and fish – contains significant amounts of creatine. Dairy products contain only small amounts. Vegetables, grains, nuts and pulses do not contain creatine.

Why should I take creatine monohydrate as a supplement?

If you take part in sports that require bursts of intense and repeated muscle power, creatine is scientifically proven to help you increase your body strength, build muscle mass, and recover more quickly from strenuous exercise.
You may also feel that you need extra creatine if your diet is low in meat and fish, which are the main natural sources of creatine.

How does creatine affect my body?

Creatine has been proven to help power athletes train harder, which in turn builds muscle mass, and recover more quickly from strenuous training.
Sometimes some weight gain (usually 1 - 2 kg) occurs. At first this is due to water retention in the muscles, and later from increased muscle mass.

Can I use creatine for endurance sports?

Creatine has not been shown to boost performance in endurance sports, where muscles are working mainly aerobically. There is some scientific evidence to suggest that creatine helps muscles recover after exercise.

How much creatine should I take?

The recommended dose for creatine monohydrate is 3 - 5 grams per day. At this dosage, creatine levels in the body will typically rise for three or four weeks before leveling off.

When should I take my creatine?

You can take your daily dose of creatine at any time. Creatine is metabolized quite rapidly in the body, so if you use it for training you may find you get the most benefit by taking it shortly before or after each training session.
You should avoid taking creatine together with caffeine. A break of one or two hours between creatine and caffeine is sufficient.

Can I mix creatine into drinks?

Yes. Even in acid drinks like fruit juice, creatine is stable for several hours. You can also mix creatine into plain water, tea, milk or other drinks.
Since caffeine seems to make creatine less effective, you should avoid mixing creatine with caffeinated drinks or taking it at the same time as caffeine.

My creatine monohydrate does not dissolve properly!

Creatine monohydrate does not dissolve quickly in water or other drinks, but that does not make it any less effective. As long as you can swallow it, creatine monohydrate has a bioavailability of over 95 percent.
If you prefer, you can take a form with improved solubility - such as creatine citrate - instead.

Is creatine stable after it is swallowed?

Yes. The idea that creatine decomposes quickly in the acid environment of the stomach has been firmly shown to be a myth. Even in acid conditions creatine does not degrade significantly over several hours, which is more than enough time for it to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

What about cramp, stomach upsets and weight gain?

Out of many hundreds of research studies involving people taking creatine monohydrate there is no scientific evidence that it causes cramp or stomach upsets. It is possible that people who have reported these effects have been exceeding the recommended dose, or not drinking enough liquid. Of course, you should stop taking creatine if you find that it does not agree with you.
If you take creatine as a training aid you may find that you gain a small amount of weight as a result of increased muscle mass and greater water uptake by your muscles. Most power athletes see this as an advantage, not a problem.

Can I take creatine if I drink coffee regularly?

Yes, though you should not take creatine and coffee at the same time because there is some evidence that caffeine interferes with the energy-providing effects of creatine. Since both creatine and caffeine are metabolized quite rapidly, however, a gap of an hour or two between the two should be enough.

Can I combine creatine with other supplements?

Yes. With the possible exception of caffeine, there are no known or suspected ways in which creatine could interact with other dietary supplements.
There is some evidence that taking creatine with carbohydrates and/or protein yields synergistic effects that boost the amount of creatine available to the muscles.

Is Creapure® derived from animals?

No. Although creatine is naturally present in meat and fish, Creapure® is 100 percent synthetic and manufactured from non-animal ingredients.

Is Creapure® kosher and halal?

Yes. Creapure® is certified as kosher and halal.

Is creatine monohydrate a form of doping?

No. Creatine monohydrate is a natural substance and its use as a training supplement is not banned by sporting organizations. Athletes at all levels, from college to Olympic, take creatine openly and legally. Creatine is not listed as a prohibited substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA/AMA).

Is there a risk that Creapure® could contain banned substances?

Creapure® is made to strict quality standards and is regularly subject to independent checks. AlzChem AG makes great efforts to avoid any contamination, including, but not limited to, banned substances as recognized by WADA.
If you buy creatine that does not come from a reputable source, however, there is a risk of contamination. Dietary supplements of all kinds are often manufactured in parts of the world where regulatory and manufacturing standards are not as stringent as in Europe.
Creatine from reputable suppliers, on the other hand, should be absolutely pure.

Is creatinine harmful?

No. Creatinine is a substance formed through the natural breakdown of creatine. It has a reputation as something undesirable because it is used as a marker for kidney malfunction, but creatinine itself is harmless in the quantities which might be found when creatine is taken as a dietary supplement.
In creatine supplements, the presence of high levels of creatinine indicate poor manufacturing practice.

Aren’t there better forms of creatine than monohydrate?

So far, peer-reviewed research has not revealed any form of creatine that is more effective than creatine monohydrate.
Some people find water-soluble forms of creatine more pleasant to take, and these are just as effective as monohydrate.
Other forms of creatine have been much less widely studied than creatine monohydrate, especially in terms of safety and side effects.

Where can I buy creatine?

Creatine is widely sold in health food and sports nutrition stores, and online. Especially when buying online, make sure to choose a reputable supplier – a good way to do this is to look for the Creapure® logo on products.

What should I look for when I buy creatine?

Look for creatine from a source you can trust. If you see the Creapure® logo on a product, you can be sure that it contains high-quality creatine made by AlzChem AG.

How expensive is creatine?

Compared to many dietary supplements creatine is very affordable. Good-quality creatine monohydrate costs € 30 - 40 per kg, which is enough for nearly a year if you take 3 grams per day. The cost is just a few cents per day.

Why does German creatine cost more?

Creapure® made in Germany by AlzChem AG costs a little more than other creatine because it is made to the highest standards of purity in a purpose-built plant.
State-of-the-art factories, legal compliance and quality control procedures do not come cheap. Creapure® is guaranteed to be highly pure, so it represents peace of mind at just a few cents a day.