I had been using creatine monohydrate for YEARS. I had perfected the cycling of this supplement for maximum results and minimal bloating, so you can probably imagine the skepticism/excitement I felt when I stumbled upon a buffered type of creatine which is pH balanced, doesn’t need to be cycled, comes in a pill form and best off all, gives you the same results with a smaller dosage.
I HAD to know what this was all about. Enter Kre-Alkalyne creatine (Basically buffered creatine monohydrate pH 12+). Hailed as the “king of creatine”, purple K seemed to be the answer. Well, I put two bottles to the test and here’s what I found out…
Product Claim: First, let’s look at what this product OFFICIALLY claims to do. Here is the official word from the company…
PURPLE-K has become a staple in any serious bodybuilder’s supplement program, because it gives you the real strength gains you need to move big weight. With each workout, you’ll feel your strength grow. Other creatines just can’t live up to PURPLE-K, they are poorly bioavailable and cannot even deliver a full and concentrated dose of creatine to your muscles. Because PURPLE-K is pH-correct, there is no loading, bloating or water retention, and your body will absorb 100% of the dose.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE KING OF CREATINE
The pH scale measures the acidity of liquids. Your stomach contains hydrochloric acid that has a pH between 1 and 2. In this acidic environment, other creatine breaks down into creatinine (kree-AT-ah-neen’) – a useless waste product.1
Because other creatines break down in stomach acids, mega-dosing is common, but only causes more problems because it makes you bloated and shuts down your creatine transporters (Crt), making you absorb less creatine, not more.
PURPLE-K is the King of Creatine because it’s pH-correct creatine that utilizes an advanced pH-correct buffer that prevents creatine breakdown in stomach acids. As a result, 100% of PURPLE-K is delivered intact to your muscles, making it highly bioavailable and ensuring real strength gains at a fraction of the serving size.
- Kreider, R., Ferreira, M., Wilson, M., Grindstaff, P., Plisk, S., & Reinhardy, J. et al. (1998). Effects of creatine supplementation on body composition, strength and sprint performance. Med Sci Sport Exerc, 30, 73-82.
Real World Results: So claims are one thing, and as far as the supplement industry is concerned… I take everything they say with a grain of salt. Mainly because their info pages are written by marketers, not scientists or supplement experts (Sometimes I wonder if certain companies even have any scientists working for them). That is why reading the “science” behind a lot of these products will just end up hurting your head. Therefore I’ve decided to skip the bullshit and put everything I review to the test in the one place that matters. THE GYM.
So how did Purple-K stack up? In short, pretty damn well. Also, I saved quite a lot of time because instead of mixing a concoction like before, I just had to pop the pills and go! Doesn’t get any more convenient than that. There was also no bloating or stomach upsets to report. Some of the panzies out there who are scared of monohydrate should rejoice, this product is fool proof. It’s also idiot proof… there is no need to cycle, just take 2 pills 30 minutes before and 2 pills within 60 minutes after a workout. On non-workout days take 1-2 in the morning… bam!
As far as sheer performance goes, it worked just as well as monohydrate in my opinion. Some people say it works BETTER, but as a long time creatine user… I’m not too sure about that. I think it DOES have the potential since one serving (2 capsules) contains only 1.5g of creatine… and when I get my 3rd bottle, I am going to experiment with the dosage. But for the sake of the review, I stuck to my guns and followed the “instructions”.
Strength Increases? My bench press shot up 10 lbs after one bottle. This is definitely something I’m happy with. A crucial factor is also those “rest days”… make sure you take 2 capsules in the morning like it says. We grow and get stronger when we rest so there is no reason to use Purple-K ONLY on workout days. Also note that my nutrition and post workout recovery is top-notch so make sure you’re doing more than popping pills here. Your results will vary.
For those who have never taken creatine before or are curious as to how this helps you in the gym, let me give you a brief explaination. This isn’t like an energy drink product or one of those N.O products where you will feel “awake” and super “energized”. In fact, you won’t really notice any difference in your state untill you hit the gym… say you bench 150lbs and max out at 8 reps. After taking purple-k (or any other good creatine product for that matter) you’ll be lifing and be like 8, 9, 10… holy shit 11! It’s that type of feeling. You’ll be able to push yourself further before getting tired.
Although I’ve yet to find a TRULY awesome N.O product that blows me away, if you do use pre-workout formulas, I don’t see why you wouldn’t stack Purple-K with them. You get the strength gains and the energizer bunny feeling… Huzzah!
CONCLUSION: Overall, you just can’t beat the price, convenience, and performance of this stuff. It truly kicks ass! As my books readers no doubt know, I have dumped regular ‘ol monohydrate in favour of Purple-K. And let’s not forget that nowadays you can find this product at a MUCH lower price than the MSRP. Highly Recommended.
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