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Creatine capsules

Creatine is available in different dosage forms - as powder, as capsules, as chewable tablets and as ready-mixed liquids. The most popular are the capsules and the powder. While fans of creatine capsules appreciate the uncomplicated intake, powder fans point to the favorable price of the powder form. But are there more differences? And which dosage form is better on balance? Find out here what advantages creatine capsules have and why you should buy creatine capsules.

Creatine is available in different dosage forms - as powder, as capsules, as chewable tablets and as ready-mixed liquids. The most popular are the capsules and the powder. While fans of creatine... read more »
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Creatine capsules

Creatine is available in different dosage forms - as powder, as capsules, as chewable tablets and as ready-mixed liquids. The most popular are the capsules and the powder. While fans of creatine capsules appreciate the uncomplicated intake, powder fans point to the favorable price of the powder form. But are there more differences? And which dosage form is better on balance? Find out here what advantages creatine capsules have and why you should buy creatine capsules.

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Creatine capsules: "fuel" to swallow

 

Why are creatine capsules available at all?

The most banal answer to the question "Why are there creatine capsules / creatine capsules?" is: Because there is a market - or a demand - for creatine capsules. So far, so logical (from the manufacturer's point of view). But why is there quite a demand for the capsule form? After all, creatine monohydrate is inherently a crystalline powder, and it's proven to be highly effective in this form.

How creatine powder works has been explained in detail elsewhere here. However, the reason why there was a call for other forms of administration soon after the first powder products were launched on the market is due to the chemical properties of the powder: Creatine monohydrate is not particularly soluble in water. In cold water (4 °C), the solubility rate is about 6 g per liter, according to a study by Jaeger et al. (2011). This means that to consume a 5-g daily dose, you have to drink almost a whole liter of liquid at once - not everyone's cup of tea. With warm water, the solubility rate is slightly higher, but lukewarm tap water is not a very delicate drink. Micronized creatine monohydrate does things a little better; nevertheless, creatine drinks mixed with micronized creatine powder are also always slightly sandy.

Creatine monohydrate capsules eliminate the solubility problem. They are also easier to dose: While with a spoonful of powder you never know exactly how many grams of creatine you are getting (you can fill a spoonful heaped or "spread"), the amount of creatine per capsule is fixed - at least with high-quality capsule products from German production. Over- or underdosing is therefore impossible. This is an important aspect, especially for athletes with sensitive stomachs. Anyone who can still tolerate 5 g of creatine well, but gets indigestion at 8 g or more, will appreciate precise dosing.

How do creatine capsules work?

Creatine capsules work like any other supplement capsules: once swallowed, the capsule shell dissolves in the stomach, and the capsule contents enter the bloodstream (and from there into the muscles) via the digestive process. Since creatine monohydrate should not remain in the stomach for too long - it is not acid-stable and breaks down into "useless" creatinine in the stomach acid after some time - the manufacturers of creatine capsules use very easily dissolvable capsule shells. To further speed up the absorption of creatine, consumers can combine taking the capsules with ingesting a small portion of simple carbohydrates - for example, by swallowing the capsules with fruit nectar or grape juice rather than water. Studies (G. R. Streenge et al., 1998) have shown that the resulting insulin release significantly accelerates the transport of creatine molecules into the muscle cells. However, this also makes taking creatine a bit more complicated: Water is usually always available somewhere, if necessary at the tap in the gym washroom - fruit juice not necessarily. And if you bring your own fruit juice with you anyway, you can also use it to mix an appropriate pre- or post-workout drink with (inexpensive) creatine powder.

Creatine capsules with carbohydrates

Of course, some manufacturers have been clever enough to develop creatine carbohydrate capsules - creatine capsules that contain a mixture of creatine monohydrate and sugar. Advantage of such capsules: The creatine contained goes into the blood at least as quickly as creatine powder. Disadvantage: The capsules are quite high in calories. More sensible (but also more expensive) are capsules that contain insulogenic ergogenics, such as D-pinitol or 4-hydroxy-isoleucine, instead of dextrose.

Consumption: How and when to take creatine capsules?

Basically, the same applies to taking creatine capsules as to taking creatine powder: The time doesn't matter - as long as the last meal was a while ago. The fuller the stomach, the longer the creatine remains in it. (And as mentioned above, creatine monohydrate is not very gastric juice stable.) So it is a good idea to take it directly after training. This time is particularly ideal if the capsules also contain sugar or are swallowed with a sugar-containing solution - then the sugar reaches the glycogen stores of the muscles and does not end up in the fat cells. Taking them directly before training is also fine; then the sugar serves as an energy booster.

Creatine capsules - all advantages and disadvantages at a glance

Advantages Disadvantages
  • ✓ Uncomplicated intake
Capsules can be taken almost anywhere without much preparation - all you need is a glass of water (or a prepared protein shake, iso drink or similar). You don't need a spoon for portioning and you don't need to stir anything.
  •  Higher Price

Creatine-capsules are all more regular than Creatine-powder---even when they are only creatine-monohydrate (and none more-sophisticated creatine-forms).
This is due to the fact that the production of capsule-products is more expensive than that of the production of powder.

  • ✓ Exact dosing

The dosage per capsule is industrially determined to the exact gram.

  •  Can not be stirred in

Creatine users who like to mix their creatine powder into their cereal or post-workout oatmeal will obviously not be happy with capsules.

  • ✓ No „waste“

Since capsules - unlike powder - never leave a powder residue in the drinking vessel that does not dissolve, not a gram of creatine is lost. The bottom line is that you can get by with a little less creatine (e.g., with three 1,500-mg capsules daily instead of a filled 5-g measuring spoon).

 
  • ✓ Large selection of combination products

Creatine combination products are predestined for the capsule form: in addition to creatine, some capsule products also contain a carbohydrate transport matrix that accelerates absorption, while others contain a complex of B vitamins and the highly bioavailable creatine alpha-ketoglutarate (e.g., Creatine AKG from PEAK). Buffered creatine (Kre-Alkalyn) is also sold primarily in capsule form.

 

What to consider when buying creatine capsules?

All major supplement manufacturers offer creatine capsule products, from Olimp to Revange Nutrition to Weider. However, many capsule products are not creatine monohydrate capsules, but creatine HCL capsules (see Everbuild Creatine HCL 3000, Weider Creatine HCL) - this creatine form (creatine hydrochloride) is as good or even better effective than creatine monohydrate, but it is also more expensive.

Vegetarians and vegans, if they want to buy creatine capsules, must pay close attention to the ingredients: Although creatine is now almost always produced synthetically (i.e., it is not of animal origin); the capsule shell in many products is made of animal gelatin. Only if a product bears the imprint "100% vegan" or if the capsule shell is made of cellulose, the product was produced entirely without animal ingredients.

Conclusion: Buy creatine capsules - yes or no?

So which dosage form is better - capsules or powder? Answer: That depends on the circumstances and on the sensitivities and preferences of the inclined user. For example, if you drive directly from work to the gym on weekdays and want or need to take your creatine dose on the road or in the parking lot, capsules are obviously better than powder. People with sensitive stomachs should also prefer capsules (drinking sandy creatine drinks on an empty stomach is more something for robust natures). That they have to dig a little deeper into their pockets for the capsules than for the powder, they have to get over.

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