National Creatine Day (July 9th)! Save 30% on Animal Creatine Chews at The Vitamin Shoppe

Animal x Vitamin Shoppe: Creatine Day!

It’s Creatine Day (July 9th) and Animal is teaming up with The Vitamin Shoppe for HUGE deals! Score 30% off + exclusive offers in ALL New Jersey Vitamin Shoppe stores!

Nearly as important to this nation’s culture as July 4th, Creatine Day falls on July 9th. As the reigning champion of safe and effective performance boosters, creatine monohydrate has made quite a name for itself as one of the mainstay supplement ingredients. Everyone and their mother takes creatine these days… and for great reason.

This level of adoption is due in large part to Animal, a company that pioneered pill packs and has since established itself as a giant in the industry. Under their legacy Universal Nutrition brand, they’ve been selling creatine since before many of our followers were even alive — well before it was remotely accepted into mainstream fitness circles.

Animal offers a wide range of creatine products suited for a variety of preferences, and we’re going to get into them in this article.

Animal x Vitamin Shoppe: Creatine Day!

Universal Nutrition Animal Creatine Chews

Animal Creatine Chews bring a fun and simple way to get creatine in – and they’ve got us hooked!

This month, Animal is partnering up with The Vitamin Shoppe for some big promos and a tour of all New Jersey Vitamin Shoppes. As a part of this promo, this week – July 8th through July 14th – is going to be centered around their extremely popular Animal Creatine Chews. As a part of this promo, customers will be able to claim a whopping 30% discount at the Vitamin Shoppe.

Without further adieu, let’s run through what the big deal with creatine is, as well as Vitamin Shoppe’s various creatine-based offerings.

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The Well-Tested Power of Creatine

Initially facing skepticism and controversy, creatine has now been widely accepted as safe and effective for both adults and adolescents.[1-3]

NOW Foods Creatine Gummy Testing

NOW Foods has published a new round of third-party lab testing, finding that only 46% of creatine gummies tested passed lab tests for creatine

Creatine offers numerous benefits, enhancing both physical[4-8] and mental performance.[9,10] Studies show it improves power output, lean mass, sprinting speed, and reduces fatigue,[4-8] while also boosting overall well-being and cognition.[9,10] These benefits are particularly notable for vegans and vegetarians who have lower dietary creatine intake.[11-14]

Stored as both creatine and phosphocreatine in muscle tissue,[15,16] creatine facilitates ATP production,[17,18] essential for cellular energy, explaining its wide-ranging effects. Creatine monohydrate is the most researched and recommended form, with a standard dose of 5 grams per day. While dietary sources like beef, chicken, and herring provide creatine, typical diets fall short, making supplementation a practical way to maintain optimal levels.

Animal Creatine Chews

Universal Animal 100% Pure Creatine

When Animal first released their Creatine Chews, we were ecstatic – and so were customers. The product sold (and continues to sell) like wildfire. In the form of chewable tablets, there’s no more convenient way to get your daily dose of creatine.

In addition to 5 grams of creatine for every four tablet serving, Creatine Chews also contain 25mg of AstraGin in an attempt to turn up absorption even more. We’ve written about how creatine gummies consistently fail lab tests, but chewable creatine tablets beat gummies because don’t have those problems because they’re pressed dry, and aren’t exposed to water that degrades the material.

Lastly, the chews are paired with just enough carbs – 4 grams per serving – to make the chews taste good and maximize creatine uptake by the body. You can even read about how we love using creatine with carbs for muscle glycogen reload.

Other Animal Creatine Formats: Pills and Powders

Universal Animal Supercharged Creatine

If chewables aren’t necessarily your speed, or you want more bang for your buck, Animal has released a creatine format for everyone. If you’re old school and prefer to toss your creatine in with your protein shakes or intra workout (it’s actually studied like this pretty frequently), the Animal 100% Pure Creatine Monohydrate powder is your best bet. But if you’re a pill guy or gal, the capsules form in Animal Ready-to-Go Creatine are quick and easy.

And, if you’re really looking to up your creatine game, look no further than Animal’s Supercharged Creatine. In this formula, you get your normal 5 gram dose of creatine monohydrate in addition to 2.5 grams of betaine, plus some Senactiv and PurpleForce – a purple tea extract that serves as a nitric oxide booster, a source of antioxidants, and a fat burner. This is formerly known as Animal Creatine XL, but they renamed it to Supercharged, which is an accurate description.

We love them all, but this month, we especially love the chews, and find our creatine intake tripling when they’re around — they’re too hard to not eat!

Creatine: Still Room to Innovate?

Universal Animal Ready-To-Go Creatine

While plenty of ingredients have been discovered, marketed, and popularized since creatine came on the scene, creatine is still the king. With a huge amount of research backing its safety and efficacy, creatine supplementation is a no-brainer for the majority of athletes.

Just because it’s so established doesn’t mean that there’s no room for innovation, as Animal has shown. Delivery format and presentation are vital for adherence, which is in turn critical for results. Animal has a creatine format for everyone, with chewables leading the way in popularity.

This promo put on by Animal and Vitamin Shoppe offers the perfect opportunity to stock up on all things creatine to ensure your performance – both physical and mental – stays at its best.

So this month, and for every month afterward, ditch the unreliable gummies and go with the trusted chewable tablets.

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