A Better Creatine

New Test Results for Creatine Pyruvate


Mark Bradfield; Per Bernal

Creatine monohydrate isn’t the only variety of creatine you should be looking out for. In a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, researchers tested the effects of creatine pyruvate, a lesser-known form of creatine, against the more popular 
creatine citrate. In the double-
blind, placebo-controlled study, 
49 healthy males performed 
a grip strength test
 three times a day for a 
four-week period, and 
performance was measured before, during, 
and after the trial. The 
researchers found that, 
on average, both creatine
 pyruvate and creatine 
citrate significantly 
increased power during
 high-intensity exercise.
 However, while creatine 
citrate’s effects wore off
 progressively as subjects 
exercised, those who
 took creatine pyruvate 
experienced consistent,
 improved force throughout 
the activity. The researchers 
attribute the unique performance-enhancing effects of
 creatine pyruvate to its ability to increase the contraction and relaxation speed of muscles, while simultaneously minimizing fatigue and improving blood flow and oxygen consumption.


REFERENCE: Jäger et al., J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2008; 5: 4