Optimal Creatine Complex
BioCreatine from Natural Stacks is far from your standard creatine supplement! Yes you do get all the benefits of consuming highest quality creatine manufactured in a GMP facility. The benefits include improved lean muscle gain from your workouts, enhanced mental energy and memory and neuroprotection. What you don’t get is the glucose-elevating, high glycaemic index carbohydrates that are added to many creatine supplements to increase bioavailability. Instead optimal absorption is achieved by the addition of Himalayan pink salt, which provides sodium ions, which are necessary for creatine transport, as well a plethora of trace elements required for optimal health. The fenugreek extract naturally activates an insulin response, which improves creatine uptake, without raising blood sugar level, or increasing your carbohydrate intake.
There is overwhelming scientific support for the benefits of creatine supplementation. It is especially popular among athletes and body builders for its effects on lean muscle gain, about 95% of the creatine in the body is stored in muscle cells. However, it also has important functions in the brain, and creatine supplements have been shown that improve mental focus and enhance cognitive skills and memory. Creatine is also important for bone metabolism, it supports osteoblast development and mineralisation, and might prevent osteoporosis.
Creatine achieves this by acting as an ‘energy storage’ molecule in cells. When creatine is taken up by cells, it is quickly converted in creatine phosphate, a reaction catalysed by the enzyme creatine kinase. When energy is needed, for example during muscle contraction during intense exercise, phosphocreatine donates its phosphate group to ADP, producing ATP, the universal cellular energy currency. What is significant is that this method of energy production does not require oxygen, unlike glucose or fat oxidation, and it does not produce acidic by-products, unlike anaerobic respiration. Creatine therefore allows cells to work harder, whether it is at muscle contraction, or at firing nerve impulses, by providing them with extra energy in the form of ATP.
Creatine supplementation is mostly associated with body builders and athletes. Not many people are aware of the fact is that there is also strong scientific evidence that its benefits are not only limited to its actions in muscle cells. Creatine also plays an important role as an energy buffer for brain cells, in a clinical study taking 5g of creatine monohydrate daily for 6 weeks resulted in a significant increase in intelligence and memory test scores.
As well as its role in energy regulation, creatine has strong anti-oxidant and anti-apoptotic properties. It was also shown to protect neurons against excitotoxicity, the process in which too much stimulation by neurotransmitters causes the death of nerve cells. With these functions you would expect creatine monohydrate to be a powerful neuroprotector. You would not be wrong. The neuroprotective properties of creatine supplementation were confirmed in a study on mice. Not only did the study show that creatine might be a promising new substance in the treatment of neurodegenerative disease, but it also demonstrated significant benefits in aged mice. The 162 mice that were fed creatine has a median lifespan that was 9% longer than controls, and they did much better in behavioural tests. Of course these data should be confirmed in human trials, but everything suggests that creatine supplementation might slow down the neural decline in old age.
Although creatine can be synthesized in the body, from the amino acids glycine, L-arginine and L-methionine, its synthesis is metabolically costly, and creatine needs to be obtained from the diet to reach optimal levels. Because the vast majority of creatine is stored in muscle, its main dietary source is fresh meat. Since our diet probably contains less meat than that of hunter-gatherers, we are obtaining less creatine than our bodies evolved to expect. Studies clearly show that when people take creatine supplements, the amount of phosphor-creatine in their bodies increases. This clearly shows that the level of creatine is not saturated for most people, and that a supplement will be beneficial.
Natural Stacks’ Biocreatine contains the highest quality exceptional pure German micronized creatine monohydrate. But it includes to two other natural ingredients that ensure optimal absorption of the supplement and maximum uptake by cells. The first of those is Himalayan pink salt. Creatine transport into cells depends entirely on a transport called CreaT1. Although creatine supplementation improves stamina during exercise and muscle gain, but there is variability in the effect on different people. It has been suggested that this variability is the result of differences in the efficiency of the transport in different people. It is not enough simply to consume creatine; it also has to be absorbed efficiently by your cells. Scientists have discovered that CreaT1 is sodium and chloride dependent, with two sodium ions and one chloride ion being necessary for absorption in the digestive system and uptake into cell.
Creatine supplements are often used after a workout, when sodium and choloride ion concentrations are low, since they have been lost in sweat. The addition of sodium chloride to Biocreatine (in the form of Himalayan pink salt) ensures that those ions are not the limiting factors and that creatine is efficiently absorbed into cells.
Of course Natural Stacks didn’t just add any salt into Biocreatine. They added Himalayan pink salt, a superior unprocessed mineral from the Khewra Salt Mines, in the foothills of the Salt Range. Apart from sodium chloride Himalayan salt contains up to 84 other trace minerals. The pink colour comes from iron oxide.
Another factor that has been found to play a part in the rate of creatine absorption is insulin. The hormone not only regulates blood sugar levels but also assists the transport of nutrients, including creatine, into muscle cells. For this reason most creatine supplements contain sugar, or other high glycaemic index carbohydrates, to invoke an insulin response.
However, simple carbohydrates are really not what you want to be consuming when trying to achieve a muscular physique, or good mental focus. Instead Biocreatine achieves the activation of insulin receptors, and efficient creatine uptake through the use of fenugreek.
Fenugreek has the added advantage
The fenugreek extract in Biocreatine is standardized to contain 50% of the fenuside phytochemicals to insure high potency. Other than enhancing creating transport fenugreek extract has many health benefits. It improves insulin sensitivity, and hence carbohydrate metabolism, increases testosterone levels, and stimulates fatty acid oxidation, which improves endurance during exercise and helps achieve and maintain your ideal weight.
Biocreatine gives you all the benefits of high purity, micronized creatine monohydrate in terms of lean muscle gain and enhancement of cognitive function and neuroprotection. The addition of Himalayan pink salt and fenugreek seed extract enhances the absorption and uptake of creatine without resorting to nutritionally empty additives such as simple carbohydrates.
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