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Creatine Ethyl Ester Myths and Facts

Jul 6, 2008
If you have heard of creatine ethyl ester, there is a very good chance that you have heard many incorrect things about this form of creatine supplement. In this article, we will address many of the common misconceptions while presenting the facts about creatine ethyl ester.

The first common myth about creatine ethyl ester is that it does not work at all. This misconception comes from published reports of studies of certain brands of creatine ethyl ester. These reports state that some companies claiming to sell creatine ethyl ester were not truly selling an esterfied form of creatine. The companies either did not attach, or ineffectively attached, the ether ester compound to the creatine, basically making it no different from creatine monohydrate. The truth is that this just means you need to find a brand that is trusted. In the same studies, many of the brands tested did in fact contain esterified creatine.

A second creatine ethyl ester misconception is that CEE is proven to be less effective or no more effective than creatine monohydrate. In fact, there are no published studies that compare the benefits of creatine monohydrate directly to the benefits of creatine ethyl ester.

Theoretically, creatine ethyl ester should be absorbed more easily in the body, allowing for lower dosage, minimal side effects, and greater benefit. However, as no tests have been published, this is inconclusive for now.

Another myth about creatine ethyl ester is that it is more dangerous or causes more side effects than creatine monohydrate. This is absolutely false.

Creatine ethyl ester is essentially the same as creatine monohydrate with the exception of an attached ethyl ester compound, which allows CEE to be more easily absorbed into the body's cells. This means lower doses of CEE are effective, and actually means fewer side effects and dangers.

The major side effects of creatine are dehydration, cramping, bloating, and increased workload on the kidneys. If creatine is more easily absorbed in the cells, less "waste creatine" sits outside of the cell walls. This leads to less bloating, less work on the kidneys, and an overall reduction in side effects.

Now that the facts are in, many of your fears regarding creatine ethyl ester should be cleared up. Now, the question is whether you should try creatine monohydrate or creatine ethyl ester. The truth is, you should probably try both and see which you like best. Both have been shown to be effective. However, no studies have been done to show which form is most effective.
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