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Product Review: Muscle & Workout Supplements (Creatine and Branched-chain Amino Acids)
 

Initial Posting: 6/24/17 
Muscle Enhancement Supplements (Creatine and Branched Chain Amino Acids) Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com Which Muscle Enhancement Supplements Are Best?

ConsumerLab.com Tests Popular Brands of Creatine and BCAAS and Reveals Its Top Picks

Alphabetical list of creatine or BCAA supplement brands in report
BPI Sports Best BCAA - Fruit Punch Kaged Muscle C-HCI Precision Engineered Creatine Extreme Caps
BulkSupplements.com BCAA 2:1:1 MET-Rx BCAA 2200 Solgar BCAA Plus
BulkSupplements.com Creatine Monohydrate MuscleTech Creactor Ultimate Nutrition BCAA 12,000
Dymatized Nutrition BCAA Complex 5050 Myology Creatine Extreme Caps Universal Nutrition Creatine Chews Grape
GNC Creatine Monohydrate 5000 - Unflavored Naturo Nitro Atlas BCAA Powder - Lemon-Lime Vitacost Creatine
GNC RapidDrive BCAA 5000 - Fruit Punch Optimum Nutrition Mega-Size BCAA  
Make sure the creatine or BCAA supplement you take passed our tests and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
Do supplements such as creatine and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) really improve muscle strength, size, and/or recovery? Are they safe to take, and if so, which ones are best?
 
To answer these questions, ConsumerLab.com reviewed the clinical evidence, and purchased and rigorously tested popular creatine and BCAA supplements on the market.

Our tests revealed problems with some products: for example, one creatine supplement was contaminated with unacceptable levels of impurities, and a BCAA supplement contained less leucine (the most important BCAA for protein synthesis) than claimed.

Fortunately, we also identified several high quality creatine and BCAA supplements, among which we selected our Top Picks, which were also economically priced.

You must become a ConsumerLab.com member to get the full test results for creatine and BCAA supplements. You will get results for seven creatine supplements and nine BCAA supplements, including products selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com and several which passed the same tests through CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program. 

In this comprehensive report, you'll discover:
    • Which creatine supplements and BCAA supplements failed testing and which passed
    • CL's Top Picks among the best creatine and BCAA supplements
    • Cost comparisons to help you choose a creatine or BCAA supplement offering the best value
    • What creatine and BCAA supplements may and may not do for you
    • The differences among forms of creatine: creatine monohydrate, creatine HCL, creatine AKG, dicreatine malate, tricreatine malate, and KreAlkalyn
    • Differences among the BCAAs (isoleucine, leucine, and valine)
    • Dosage for specific uses of creatine and BCAAs
    • The best way to take creatine and BCAA supplements
    • Safety concerns, potential drug interactions and side-effects of creatine and BCAAs

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ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for Muscle & Workout Supplements (Creatine and Branched-chain Amino Acids)
Question:
I've been buying nutritional supplements in powder form, as I find them cheaper than tablets and capsules. I am concerned about the effect of air when I open the bottles daily because sometimes my powdered supplements get clumpy. Should I be concerned? Get the answer >>

Question:
Can heat and humidity destroy whey protein and other sports nutrition supplements (e.g., creatine, BCAAs, digestive enzymes) during shipping or while storing at home? Get the answer >>

Question:
What do alkaline booster drops do? Do they provide the same benefits as Kre-Alkalyn? Get the answer >>

Question:
Do any supplements improve balance or reduce the risk of falls? Get the answer >>

Question:
I have heard that caffeine can interfere with the benefits of creatine supplementation. Is that true? Get the answer >>

Question:
I do moderate exercise for about an hour a few times a week. Which supplements might help me? Get the answer >>
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