Confused about the difference between
creatine serum and creatine powder? You're not alone. Ever
since a liquid version was introduced, the hot debate is over
which one works better? So is the serum better, or
is the powder a better choice? If you ask me, I would certainly go with the powder; however, depending on who you ask, you're likely to hear differing opinion on this matter.
I'll do my best to provide you with the necessary info on
each type here to help you make a better, more informed
You will find competing arguments
for both types. Beware though, some are just
straightout lies. For example, in one article I read, it
stated that it takes 4 to 6 weeks of loading creatine powder
to notice any effect, and that creatine serum works right
away- that's just an outright lie!
My personal opinion
is that I prefer creatine powder, and I say this from articles
and research which I've read, and also from personal experiences.
So what is creatine serum? In short, this is just a liquid form of creatine
monohydrate. So instead of ingesting a creatine powder,
you're taking in a liquid solution of creatine.Some claims you might read about include:
Provides extra energy to your muscles
Gives you a energy boost through ATP
You can gain weight, size, and strength
Here are some important facts about
creatine serum you should know:
Although it's in a liquid form, your
muscles does NOT instantaneously absorb it
Ignore any claims of instant absorption
- that's just not possible. It
takes time to absorb.
Ignore any claim that you don't have
to load with liquid creatine or take it on off days -
there's no apparent extra benefit of creatine serum over
powder other than it's a liquid.
Ignore any claims that says the creatine
serum is completely stable - you should know that creatine
in its liquid form is unstable, and can degrade to another
substance called creatinine, which is useless for your
In short, ignore any claims that says
creatine serum possess extra capabilities than creatine
powder - they're both creatine.
One recent article I read on creatine
serum stated that in their lab tests with creatine serum,
they found higher levels of creatinine than creatine, confirming
the fact that creatine degrades to creatinine
in liquid. They also found that the actual amount of creatine
in the serum is much less than what the label claimed.
As I've stated, you're going to hear different
stories and experiences with creatine serum. Give it a try,
see if it works for you, and if it does, hey, then stay
with it, and if it doesn't, stick with creatine powder.
When it comes to creatine powder, you
can get all different brands and types. Creatine powder
is just that - white powder. An average sized bottle (~1000g)
will typically cost you around $20 to $30, depends
on the type and brand you buy. Some years back, creatine
was much more expensive and almost costed twice as much
for the same amount. Personally, I prefer to just use pure
creatine, seems to work better.