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BPI Creatine Review - Workout and Recover

BPI Creatine Review

BPI's Best Creatine™ is one of the more popular Creatine supplements available. Their claim is that it's made up of 6 advanced Creatine blends which makes the product better.

Quick Overview: BPI Creatine

Supplement Facts

BPI Creatine Supplement Label

BPI Best Creatine Review

Consumer Reviews

Workout And Recover Review

Price Per Serving: $0.4

In their words:

We’ve combined the 6 top forms of creatine, including the most heavily researched, Creatine Monohydrate, to give you the most advanced and effective creatine formula possible.

And this claim is true, Creatine Monohydrate is the most researched Creatine on the market. It's also the oldest and the simplest (and in our opinion the best type of Creatine)

Let's dive in and take a look at precisely what BPI's Best Creatine™ consists of.

Ingredients: BPI Creatine

The first thing that I notice is that it's a proprietary blend, which starts us off on the wrong foot. On the plus side, at least they're not trying to make their product look cheaper than it actually is by pulling that single scoop / double scoop garbage where the single scoop is half of the recommended serving size.

Creatine Monohydrate​

​Aside from being studied the most, Creatine Monohydrate is generally the cheapest Creatine supplement on the market.

Why? Because it's the most basic. It hasn't gone through additional processing or been bonded to another element to make super Creatine​. Creatine Monohydrate is the real deal. It's well studied and has been proven to improve muscle strength and athletic performance. 

Creatine Anhydrous

Creatine Anhydrous is Creatine with the water molecule stripped from it. Basically you get more Creatine per volume unit. There isn't any evidence that it's more effective. 

Creatine Magnapowder™

If nothing else, Creatine Magnapowder™ has a nice ring. Kidding aside though, Creatine Magnapowder is Creatine that has been bonded with Magnesium. 

The desired effect was to improve how the Creatine is transported delivering more Creatine muscle cells while reducing the amount of Creatinine produced (which is waste). This study studied the effect of Creatine versus Magnesium Creatine and found they performed similarly. 

Creatine Phosphate

Phosphocreatine, or Creatine Phosphate is a substance that is actually produced by our bodies. 

Our body actually converts Creatine into Phosphocreatine where it is stored in muscles [1]. Then when we exercise it that Phosphocreatine is converted into energy. In the first seconds of high intensity exercise, Creatine Phosphate is depleted.

To date there hasn't been a lot of research done on Creatine Phosphate. It seems logical, that we would supplement with a product that Creatine eventually turns into. However, some believe that supplementing with Creatine Phosphate can actually reduce the amount of that our body produces naturally.

Creatine AKG

Creatine Alpha-ketoglutarate or Creatine AKG, is yet another new(er) form of Creatine designed to improve the transportation process and reduce stomach pain or discomfort. 

If you haven't noticed by now, there are a lot of ​Creatine blends that are trying to improve the bio-availability and decrease stomach pain. Both good things to strive for, I'm just not sure we're there yet, at least on the first point.

Alpha-ketoglutarate is a used up when our body is growing or healing. It's been shown to help aid protein synthesis during surgery so it's thought that it may help body builders as well. 

Typically AKG is pair with L-Arginine (AAKG), and some studies [2] have suggested it can help improve strength and performance. However, not surprisingly there are others which suggest it doesn't help [3]. There have been few (zero?) studies that the public has access to on Creatine AKG. On paper it seems like a good idea, but like other Creatine concoctions I doubt it'd prove to be worthwhile in a lab.

pH Buffered Creatine Alkaline ™

Buffered Creatine Alkaline was formulated to help balance pH levels. It's supposedly more stable than plain ol' Creatine Monohydrate and this results in less Creatinine (again, not be confused with Creatine). 

​Once again, there haven't been enough reputable studies to confirm that Creatine Alkaline is a better product than Creatine Monohydrate. It doesn't appear as though it's any worse than Creatine Monohydrate.

That sum is up for the Creatine blend. At best it's probably equivalent or perhaps even ever so slightly better than Creatine Monohydrate. At worst, ten years down the road we discover some of these Creatine blends don't actually do anything. 

More than likely, the benefits are equal and the product is more expensive than a bag of the good stuff. ​

Betaine Anhydrous

Betaine is an Amino Acid that has started to become popular as a stand-alone supplement. Some research has indicated that Betaine can help improve power and body composition. 

Another study came to the same conclusion. Bench workload increased by supplementing with Betaine. ​

These initial studies indicate that Betaine is promising. There are is a massive amount of research on a supplement like Creatine, and the same level of analysis is needed for Betaine. 

Most standalone Betaine supplements recommend between 750mg-2000mg. The 500mg found in BPI Creatine isn't ideal but it's not like some pre-workouts or other Creatine blends where they're clearly just adding the ingredient to put on the label.

Himalayan Pink Salt

There are some who believe Sodium helps to improve Creatine's effect. I honestly couldn't find a lot on the subject that isn't extremely dated. 

I often take Himalayan Salt post workout and as soon as I get up to replenish trace minerals which in turn helps to keep me hydrated. Truthfully, I'm not entirely sure why it's in BPI's Creatine supplement.

BPI Best Creatine™

I prefer pure Creatine Monohydrate as opposed to flavoured blends but i know some guys can't choke it back. BPI's Creatine comes in five flavours: Snow Cone, Fruit Punch, Icy Blue Raz, Lime Sherbert and Watermelon Cooler.

There are literally people asking about "the flavor that tastes like skittles". That my good friends would be Snow Cone. I'm wondering if Beast Mode uses BPI's Snow Cone flavor.

​If you find that a little bit too sweet, Fruit Punch is always a safe route to go.

All the flavours are pretty good, but the most popular is the Snow Cone. ​

Quick Overview: BPI Creatine

Supplement Facts

BPI Creatine Supplement Label

BPI Best Creatine Review

Consumer Reviews

Workout And Recover Review

Price Per Serving: $0.4

Other Ingredients

I'm not thrilled with the other ingredients, but those are the high cost of consuming Creatine that tastes like skittles. Generally speaking, I stay away from ingredients that are simply colors: "Blue No. 1"

Not exactly, an expert opinion but this article in Forbes will give you the gist. It's why I stick to the basic, terrible tasting Creatine. I'd encourage you to look thoroughly at the "other ingredients" in supplements. I get most guys don't care, but ultimately you're supplementing to get stronger, to improve your health and physique so it seems counter-intuitive to consume supplements filled with garbage by-products.