BPI Creatine HD – Multi-Faceted Creatine

BPI Creatine HD

BPI Sports latest product Creatine HD utilizes six forms of creatine to help you increase power, strength, and lean mass. Is it really the “best”?

BPI Sports has been one of the busiest companies in recent months releasing several new products including the delicious nitric oxide booster Pump HD and a new 1-pill fat burner, Burn XS.

No rest for the wicked — BPI launched an all new supplement this week, and while it might sound familiar, it’s most certainly different. Creatine HD is an all new creatine formula from BPI that’s just a bit different than the brand’s current creatine product, Best Creatine.

We’ll explain the differences below, but first make sure to check the best deal and sign up for PricePlow alerts:

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Creatine HD Ingredients

BPI Creatine HD Ingredients

Creatine HD features 6 different forms of creatine plus a few extras to help with recovery and performance.

As we mentioned up top, Creatine HD has some slight variations from Best Creatine. The newest offering contains six types of creatine for a total of 4g of creatine, just like Best Creatine. However, the two only have five types in common, with creatine citrate being the form used in Creatine HD, instead of creatine phosphate.

Enough chit-chat though, let’s get to the breakdown:

  • Best Creatine™ Blend (4g)

    • Creatine Monohydrate

      Creatine HD kicks off its proprietary blend with none other than the gold standard, creatine monohydrate. This is the most well-studied, researched, and, proven form of creatine. It has it all: strength, power, lean mass gains, and improved recovery.[1,2,3,4,5]

      We don’t really need to bloviate any more on all its benefits do we?

    • Creatine Anhydrous

      Anhydrous is basically creatine mono without the “monohydrate” component. The purported benefit of removing the water is that it will provide more creatine per gram, and yield a ultra pure form of creatine. However, this hasn’t been proven to be any more effective than monohydrate.[6]

      That said, this is the creatine where you literally get the most creatine per gram. There’s nothing bonded to that creatine to “take up space”, so it’s become a bit of a crowd favorite for the purists.

    • Creatine MagnaPower®

      Creatine Magna Power

      Albion’s Creatine Magna Power

      Also known as magnesium creatine chelate (MCC), MagnaPower is a trademarked developed by Albion Human Nutrition. Here, creatine is bonded to magnesium via chelation. Bonding creatine to magnesium should enhance absorption and uptake by the body. Albion has their own funded research showing it’s more effective than monohydrate, but we’ll take it with a grain of salt.[7]

      Additionally, the process used to MCC is one of the most expensive around, hence why you don’t see it sold in bulk all too often.

    • Creatine AKG

      Here, creatine is bound to an alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG) molecule. AKG is involved in the Krebs cycle, as is creatine, so this may enhance creatine transport and potentially reduce fatigue.[8]

    • Creatine Citrate

      A combination of creatine and citric acid. This is one of the weakest hybrid forms of creatine as it only contains 40% creatine by weight.[9]

    • pH Buffered Creatine Alkaline™

      Buffered creatine has higher pH level (12) than regular monohydrate. The supposed upside is that it prevents its premature breakdown to creatinine (a useless creatine by-product) resulting in better absorption by the muscles.

      The makers of buffered creatine funded several studies showing this form was more effective than creatine monohydrate.[10] However, another independent study concluded that buffered creatine did NOT increase muscle creatine content, training adaptations or body composition more than monohydrate![11]

      Either way, it works. The non-stop argument about whether it works better will likely go on forever, though.

  • Inositol (500mg)

    Inositol is a member of the B-complex family of vitamins that is heavily involved in cellular signaling. In terms of improving workout performance, inositol helps combat stress and anxiety.[12] Additionally, it also exerts beneficial effects in regards to glucose uptake in the body, helping your body to better store and utilize all those carbs you’re ingesting.[13,14]

  • Tart Cherry Extract (500mg)

    If you’re bringing your “Best” to the gym you’re tearing down muscle fibers that are going to need rebuilding. One of the not so pleasant side effects of hard work in the gym is the inevitably soreness that results while you recover.

    Creatine HD contains tart cherry powder to help speed recovery and prevent any possibility of catabolism.[15,16,17] You’ll be back hitting the weights faster thanks to improved recovery and not need to skip a day because you’re too “sore.”

Flavors Available

BPI Best BCAA Gummies

Raspberry Snow Cone might make some good gummies just these were using Best BCAA.

At launch, there are only two flavors available in 50-serving tubs for Creatine HD: Raspberry Snow Cone and Unflavored. Knowing how great BPI’s flavoring department is, we have high hopes for Raspberry Snow Cone, and hopefully the brand will release additional flavors.

Wrap Up

While we won’t go so far as to say this is the “Best” creatine, this is certainly a new and interesting blend of creatines. Until further research is done clearly pointing to any other forms of creatine aside from monohydrate as superior, we usually just stick to what we find cheapest (at least from trusted brands).

One thing is certain though, this supplement will taste better than probably any other creatine on the market, we’re just not sure how much extra we’re willing to pay for BPI’s insanely awesome flavor systems… definitely not $1/day when we can find that much creatine monohydrate for a dime a day (minus the extra goodies, though).

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References

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  2. Bemben, M; The effects of supplementation with creatine and protein on muscle strength following a traditional resistance training program in middle-aged and older men.; Neuromuscular Lab, Dept. Health & Exercise Science, U. Oklahoma; 2010
  3. Chilibeck, P; Effect of creatine ingestion after exercise on muscle thickness in males and females.; College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan; 2004
  4. Hoffman, J; Effect of creatine and beta-alanine supplementation on performance and endocrine responses in strength/power athletes.; Dept. of Health and Exercise Science, The College of New Jersey; 2006
  5. The effect of creatine supplementation upon inflammatory and muscle soreness markers after a 30km race.
  6. Jager,R.,et al., Analysis of the efficacy, safety, and regulatory status of novel forms of creatine. Amino Acids, 2011. 40(5): p. 1369-83.
  7. http://www.creatinemagnapower.com/category-blog/mg-creatine-chelate-research
  8. http://www.biocarta.com/pathfiles/krebpathway.asp
  9. http://www.researchgate.net/publication/5581859_The_effects_of_creatine_pyruvate_and_creatine_citrate_on_performance_during_high_intensity_exercise
  10. http://www.allamericanpharmaceutical.com/research/Kre-Alkalyn1.html
  11. http://www.jissn.com/content/9/1/43/abstract
  12. Palatnik A, et al; Double-blind, controlled, crossover trial of inositol versus fluvoxamine for the treatment of panic disorder . J Clin Psychopharmacol. (2001)
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  14. Farese RV, Sajan MP, Standaert ML; Atypical protein kinase C in insulin action and insulin resistance . Biochem Soc Trans. (2005)
  15. http://www.jissn.com/content/11/S1/P31
  16. http://www.jissn.com/content/11/S1/P33
  17. http://www.jissn.com/content/7/1/17
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