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Product Review: Muscle Enhancers (Creatine and Branched-chain Amino Acids)
 

Initial Posting: 1/8/14
Muscle Enhancement Supplements (Creatine and Branched Chain Amino Acids) Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com Tests of Muscle Enhancement Supplements Find Quality Problems with 36% of Products Selected for Review

Find Out Now If Your Creatine or BCAA Supplement Passed or Failed!

Alphabetical list of creatine or BCAA supplement brands in report

Betancourt Nutrition Chewies MET-Rx BCAA 2200 Precision Engineered BCAA 2200
BIORhythm AfterGlow MRM BCAA+G Six Star Pro Nutrition Creatine X3
Body Fortress Super Advanced Creatine Muscle Marketing USA ATP Creatine Serum Solgar BCAA Plus
BodyTech 100% Pure Creatine Monohydrate Muscle Marketing USA Endurus Runners Serum Ultimate Nutrition 100% Crystalline BCAA 12,000
Dymatized Nutrition BCAA Complex 5050 MusclePharm Creatine Vitacost ARO Black Series Amino Plus
EAS Phos HP Myology BCAA 2200 Vitacost Creatine
Life Extension Branched Chain Amino Acids ON Micronized Creatine Powder VPX Creatine Plasma
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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.
 
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.

You must be a member to get the full test results for creatine supplements and branched-chain amino acid supplements (containing L-isoleucine, L-leucine, and L-valine). You'll also get ConsumerLab.com's recommendations and quality ratings to help you find the best creatine and BCAA supplements. In addition, you'll learn about other ingredients in muscle enhancement supplements such as glutamine, HMB, and taurine. 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
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