Natural Power Pure Creatine Review
Pure Creatine is a creatine powder product from Austrian Based company Natural Power. The description of this product states that it promotes the development of strength and muscle quality as well as increasing regeneration times. the ideal time of supplementation is stated as being prior to training. This review will look at the research on creatine to see if these claims are true.
Creatine monohydrate, (CM) is defined as a nitrogenous organic acid that occurs naturally in humans and aids in the supply of energy to cells in the body, (1). The majority of CM, 95%, can be located in the skeletal muscle with the rest distributed to the brain, heart and smooth muscles.
Creatine has been found to increase the replenishment of ATP stores in the skeletal muscles (2). It is attributed to a greater rate of phosphocreatine resynthesis during the rest periods. Higher sprint speeds reported (3). There have been numerous theories proposed as to why creatine is a benefit to short term high intensity exercise (4). One theory is that the increased amount of phosphocreatine, (PCr), can be used as an immediate buffer to ATP which reduces the dependence of glycolysis which delays the production of lactate and hydrogen ions during exercise thus prolonging the activity by delaying the onset of fatigue, (5).
Creatine has been proven in a wide range of studies that it can increase muscle mass and improve short intermittent exercise. The one sport where it has had no effect however is in swimming, this is due to an increase in body mass which will in turn cause a drag effect. Some people can be non responders to creatine however, in order to eliminate this it is recommended to consume carbohydrates whilst taking it. This product is recommended to be taken at any time. This product has no banned substances when referring to the WADA prohibited list when observing the label/ ingredients posted on the website. This supplement is recommended for people/athletes who want to increase muscle mass and increase short term high intensity exercise.
*NOTE – This product has not been tested in a laboratory and may contain other substances that may not appear on the label
1 – Balsom, P. D., Soderlund, K., & Ekblom, B. (1994). Creatine in humans with special reference to creatine supplementation. Sports Medicine. 18(4), 260 – 280.
2 – Greenhaff, P.L., Bodin, K., Soderlund, K., Hultrnan, E. (1994). The influence of oral creatine supplementation on muscle phosphocreatine resynthesis following intense contraction in man. American Journal of Physiology, 266(5), 725-730.
3 – Jones, A. M., Atter, T., & Georg, K. P. (1999). Oral creatine supplementation improves multiple sprint performance in elite ice-hockey players. Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness, 39, 189-196.
4 – Hultman, E., Soderland, K., Timmons, J. A., Cederblad, G. & Greenhaff, P. L. (1996). Muscle creatine loading in men. Journal of Apllied Physiology. 81(1), 232-237.
5 – Casey, A., Constantin – Teodosiu, D., Howell, S., Hultman, E., & Greenhaff, P. L,. (1996). Creatine ingestion favourably affects performance and muscle metabolism during maximal exercise in humans. American Journal of Physiology. 271(1), 31-37.
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