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Creatine is one of the oldest and most studied supplemental ingredients used in the bodybuilding and fitness industry, and for good reason. Creatine has been shown to enhance muscle mass, increase cell volumisation, bolster strength and even increase protein synthesis.
Creatine works in a number of ways to elicit the aforementioned effects. Firstly, creatine replenishes ATP levels. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is stored in the muscles and is what supplies them with energy and the ability to contract efficiently. The problem is that during a workout, ATP levels become diminished very quickly, so by supplementing with creatine, you are able to supply the body with more a greater supply of ATP which in turn allows you to increase workout intensity.
Secondly, as mentioned, because ATP aids muscular contraction, you are able to lift weights more effectively and over time, this can lead to increased strength.
Thirdly, creatine promotes cell volumisation, which makes muscles appear bigger, as it draws water into the cells. When this occurs, the cell is signalled that growth has occurred and the cell then responds by increasing its production of structural and key enzymatic proteins (protein synthesis).
Now that you understand how important it is to supplement with creatine, let’s have a look at 3D Nutrition’s Crea Blast and see what sets it apart from the competition.
The guys from 3D Nutrition have put together a blend in Crea Blast which they dub Muscle Creatine Combo Matrix. The matrix is a blend of creatine monohydrate, creatine ethyl esther, L-glutamine and taurine.
The reason for including two types of creatine into the blend is that creatine mono, although it doesn’t get absorbed well, it draws water into the cell and promotes cell volumisation and protein synthesis while creatine ethyl esther is better absorbed and promotes a greater ATP storage. That way you maximise the mechanisms of how creatine works in the body.
The L-glutamine helps to strengthen the immune system which indirectly supports recovery. The faster you are able to recover, the more you are able to train and build muscle.
Taurine is not only a compound which is a required building block of protein, but it also provides the body with energy in order to enhance performance.
The next matrix 3D Nutrition uses is a blend of the electrolytes magnesium amino acid chelate and potassium amino acid chelate. What these do is promote optimal muscle and cell function to ensure that each workout is optimised.
What sets Crea Blast apart from standard creatine products is that it contains a blend of ingredients which are synergistically used to enhance the anabolic functions of insulin and promote nutrient delivery and uptake. After a workout, your muscles are begging for nutrients and the fastest way to get them there is to promote insulin release. Insulin works like a transport system which delivers, or shuttles, these vital nutrients to the muscle cell. The more insulin is released, the greater amount of nutrients can be driven directly to the muscle cell where they can get to work repairing and rebuilding the cell. In the case of creatine, ATP levels can be replenished almost immediately and the rate protein synthesis can be enhanced.
Once again the team from 3D Nutrition has blown me away with their flavouring. These guys really get it right. I was lucky enough to try the Pineapple flavour Crea Blast and it was phenomenal. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting it to be with all of that dextrose in the product which was refreshing. I asked the rest of the Chrome team what they thought about the other flavours of the product and the votes were unanimous, all the flavours of Crea Blast were a hit.
The product retails for R289.00 and contains 30 servings per container, so even if you train 7 days a week, the product will last you a month. For most individuals, the product will last 6-8 weeks depending on the number of days you train per week. For less than R10 per serving, this is a must to add to your post-workout recovery arsenal.
3D Nutrition Crea Blast is a scientifically-formulated creatine blend which has been developed to help shuttle creatine, and other crucial nutrients, directly to muscle cells
Benefits: Increase muscular energy, Enhance workout performance, Ensures adequate hydration, Inhibits catabolism
This is definitely one of my favourite creatine products on the market at the moment. Great price, awesome formulation and phenomenal taste! Crea Blast is definitely going to become a part of my supplement regimen.