Athletes often turn to supplements such as creatine and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) to enhance muscle strength and recovery. Supplements with creatine or BCAAs may also benefit people with muscular diseases, fibromyalgia, and those recovering from knee surgery.
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To find creatine and BCAA supplements of the best quality and offering the best value, ConsumerLab.com purchased and rigorously tested many products on the market. Although we found many top-quality products, our tests also uncovered problems with three creatine supplements, all of which contained unacceptable amounts of creatine breakdown compounds and two of which provided only tiny amounts of creatine
. In addition, we found that only 5% to 10% of the listed amounts of "BCAA blends" in some products are actually BCAAs.
We found that the best price to get 5 grams of real creatine monohydrate was 9 cents although you could spend 15 times as much.
The best price to get 5 grams of BCAAs was 31 cents, although the cost can be over $1 for some products.
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. The report with creatine and BCAA ratings gives you the results for 18 supplements -- eleven selected by ConsumerLab.com and seven others that passed voluntary, quality certification testing, as well as information about two supplements similar to one that passed testing.
In this comprehensive report, you'll discover:
- Which creatine supplements and BCAA supplements failed testing and which passed
- Direct comparisons and quality ratings of creatine and BCAA supplements
- What creatine and BCAA supplements may and may not do for you.
- The differences among forms of creatine: creatine monohydrate, creatine AKG, dicreatine malate, tricreatine malate, and KreAlkalyn
- Dosage for specific uses of creatine and BCAAs
- Concerns and cautions with taking creatine and BCAAs