Issue 628(I think): Sucker Punch - Dr. Ziegenfuss: (quoted language below) (note: even though it is apparently shit I really do enjoy the taste of controlled labs green magnitude lemonade)
TM: Very interesting. What would you say is the biggest scam in the industry?
TZ: Easy. Creatine ethyl ester. It’s total garbage â?? enough said.
TM: Really? I always figured simple, plain old creatine monohydrate was the gold star considering that’s the form used in all the initial clinical trials.
TZ: You’re spot on, and apart from creatine pyruvate and perhaps creatine magnesium chelate, none of the other forms on the market are worth the price. Supplement companies are constantly searching for the “next creatine” that next supplement that’s going to safely deliver strength and lean mass gains above and beyond creatine monohydrate. Since they can’t find it, they’re trying to just tweak the molecule slightly or reinvent it by using some sort of goofy (but unproven) delivery system. It’s a page straight out of Marketing 101.
TM: Staying with creatine, I know that it’s been studied harder than Jessica Biel’s backside, but are there any new or interesting findings on it?
TZ: I don’t know if “new” is the right word because the studies have been out for some time. But creatine monohydrate has been shown to increase intramuscular levels of IGF-1 and decrease serum myostatin concentrations [thus allowing the muscle to grow bigger]. Both of these effects may play a direct role in how creatine increases muscle growth in response to resistance exercise. Throw those tidbits at half-wit personal trainers who say creatine just causes water retention!