I’ve tried all types of powdered creatines and all of them have caused stomach distress. Has anyone tried effervescent creatine? What kind of results did you get? Did you load? I’m also thinking about using ribose-c, but I’m still not convinced.

I tried the powder six ways to Sunday (or whatever the saying is) and I got no benefit unless you consider diarrhea a bonus. The effervescent stuff worked quite well for me-I’m not going to recommend any brands but stick with the reputable companies. I have tried it with loading and w/o and saw quicker results with loading, but the net result in the long run was the same both ways. I have yet to try any of the Ribose/creatine combos but I may give it a shot when my diet is done (only one more week-HOORAY!)

Regular creatine always messed my stomach up, especially during loading. Ribose-c does not. You don’t need to load it either. Never tried effervescent creatine.

Have you tried mixing it in hot tea? Ribose-C and effervescent creatine are extremely expensive. If you mix it in hot tea (warning: wait until it’s LUKEWARM to drink, no need to scald your tongue), you dissolve it better. Also, pyramid your loading dose. What I mean is, if you would load with 20g for 5 days, then 5 g for the rest, that might make you run to the bathroom on day one as u shock your system with 20 g. Try 5 g, 10 g, 15 g, 20g, 15g, 10g, 5g 5g 5g…etc. You might be a little wired drinking 4 cups of tea on the fourth day, but better than being wired to the toilet. Optimum makes good cheap creatine that works. Also, get your doses in spaced out 5g intervals. Don’t dump 20g into some Earl Grey and make a white sludgey tea. You’ll poo yourself no doubt. When I load creatine like this i put on 10 pounds in about 2 weeks. True about 5 is water, but you lift more weights, so you’ll put on some muscle too.