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

Find the best muscle and workout supplements with creatine and branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), tests for contamination with dicyandiamide, evidence for increasing muscle strength and endurance, improving your workout, dosage, safety, side effects and more. Find out which ones passed our tests and why.

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ConsumerLab.com Answers to Questions Found:
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1.I have heard that caffeine can interfere with the benefits of creatine supplementation. Is that true?
2.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?
3.Do vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements lose effectiveness with exposure to high temperatures and is it safe to order supplements by mail in the summer?
4.I do moderate exercise for about an hour a few times a week. Which supplements might help me?
5.Is it true that glutamine powder can help protect the stomach when taking NSAIDs like ibuprofen?
6.Do any supplements improve balance or reduce the risk of falls?
7.Are liquid vitamins better than pills?
8.What do alkaline booster drops do? Do they provide the same benefits as Kre-Alkalyn?
9.I was surprised when my doctor told me to stop taking supplements because my kidney function was low. But after stopping the supplements, my kidney function returned to normal. Can taking a lot of supplements really damage the kidneys?
10.Do magnesium creams, sprays and oils help with muscle pain and cramps? How about supplements?
11.Which supplements can cause diarrhea?
12.What is the difference between cysteine and cystine?
13.Can taurine help reduce muscle cramps?
14.Which supplements are important after bariatric surgery (i.e., weight loss or stomach-reducing surgery)? Are there any I should avoid?
15.How do I choose the best CLA supplement for slimming?
16.What is CELLFOOD and is it a healthy supplement?
17.What is the best protein supplement for vegetarians and vegans?
18.Do any supplements help for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
19.Is it true that some vitamins or supplements can cause cancer?
20.Must I take amino acid supplements on an empty stomach? Can I take them with other amino acids or with food to help with swallowing capsules?
21.Do any supplements reduce side of effects of chemotherapy?
22.What are the side effects of magnesium supplements?
23.When choosing a protein powder, which protein source is best -- whey, casein, soy, pea, rice, hemp or egg?
24.Which supplements should be taken with food?
25.Are lithium orotate supplements as effective and safe as prescription lithium for bipolar disease and depression?
26.Can CoQ10 help lower homocysteine levels?
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Clinical Updates Found:
2019 A Better Form of Creatine? (11/29/2019)
A Better Form of Creatine?
A relatively new form of creatine may raise creatine levels in the blood and muscle more effectively than the most common form (creatine monohydrate), but it has drawbacks. Learn more in the ConsumerTips section of the Muscle & Workout Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for creatine.
 Does Magnesium Reduce Exercise Soreness? (10/22/2019)
Does Magnesium Reduce Exercise Soreness?
Can taking magnesium reduce muscle soreness after exercise? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of the Magnesium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for magnesium supplements.
 Creatine for Older People (04/16/2019)
Creatine for Older People
Creatine may boost the benefits of resistance exercise for older people, according to recent studies. For details, including dosage, see the What It Does section of the Creatine Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for creatine.
2018 Creatine for Older People (12/18/2018)
Creatine for Older People
Does taking creatine improve muscles in older people? See the results of a recent study in the What It Does section of the Muscle & Workout Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Pick for creatine).
 Amino Acids After Knee Replacement? (10/05/2018)
Amino Acids After Knee Replacement?
Does taking amino acids after knee replacement surgery help maintain muscle volume, mobility, and strength? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Muscle & Workout Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks in this category).
 Glutamine for IBS? (09/04/2018)
Glutamine for IBS?
Glutamine, an amino acid, plays a role in maintaining the digestive tract. Can taking it as a supplement help people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Find out what a recent study showed in the Glutamine section of the Muscle Enhancers Review.
 When to Take Protein (04/29/2018)
When to Take Protein
When is the best time of day to take a protein supplement if you want to gain muscle but lose fat? An analysis of over 30 clinical studies involving protein supplementation and resistance exercise recently addressed this question. Get the answer and details in the ConsumerTips section of the Protein Powders, Shakes and Drinks Review. (Also see our Top Picks among protein products).
2017 Creatine Pumps Up Muscles (12/09/2017)
Creatine Pumps Up Muscles
Giving creatine during a resistance-training program significantly boosted muscle size more than placebo in a recent study – and certain muscles increased in size more than others. Learn more in the "What It Does" section of the Muscle & Workout Supplements Review (Creatine & BCAAs). (Also see our Top Picks and Cautions and Concerns for creatine).
2016 Leucine Protects Muscle In Middle-Aged (01/24/2016)
Leucine Protects Muscle In Middle-Aged
A recent study found that active, middle-aged people restricted to bed rest for several days lost significantly less muscle mass and function if given a leucine supplement along with their meals. Fat gain was also reduced. Get the details, including our tests of leucine-containing supplements, in the Muscle Enhancers Review >>
2015 Muscle Supplements and Testicular Cancer (04/15/2015)
Muscle Supplements and Testicular Cancer
A study of men who have used muscle-building supplements shows a disturbing increase in the risk of testicular cancer. More information is in the Muscle Enhancers (Creatine and Branched-chain Amino Acids) Review >>
 Creatine Tested for Parkinson Disease (02/17/2015)
Creatine Tested for Parkinson Disease
Taking creatine daily for at least five years did not slow the progression of Parkinson disease according to a recently reported study involving nearly 1,000 patients. For more details about the study, other studies with creatine (for strength, fibromyalgia, etc.), and our tests of creatine supplements, see the Product Review of Muscle Enhancers (Creatine and Branched-chain Amino Acids) >> 
2013 Amino Acids Speed Recovery From Knee Surgery (11/10/2013)
Amino Acids Speed Recovery From Knee Surgery
A study of men and women receiving knee replacement surgery showed that taking essential amino acids (including branched-chain amino acids) twice daily before and after surgery reduced muscle loss and speeded recovery. For details, including dosage, plus our reviews of amino acid supplements, see the updated Muscle Enhancers Review >> 
 Creatine for Fibromyalgia (05/19/2013)
Creatine for Fibromyalgia
A new study shows that creatine might have a role in boosting muscle strength in patients with fibromyalgia. Get the details, plus quality ratings for creatine supplements in our updated Muscle Enhancers (Creatine and Branched Chain Amino Acids) Review >>


Recent Recalls and Warnings Found:
1.Joint Pain Supplement Isoprex Settles Charges of Making False Claims (04/17/2020)
2.Fat-Burning, Energy Supplement Linked to Heart Trouble (01/24/2020)
3.Weight Loss, Muscle & Energy Supplements Linked to Adverse Events in Children and Young Adults (06/20/2019)
4.DMHA and Phenibut Are Not Permitted in Dietary Supplements, Warns FDA (04/16/2019)
5.Pharmaceutical Drugs Found In Dietary Supplements Pose Danger to Consumers (10/13/2018)
6.Seller of B Vitamins, Multis, Glucosamine & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations (09/25/2018)
7.FDA Warns Seller of "Aromatase Inhibitor" Supplement (05/29/2018)
8.Muscle and Recovery Supplements Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk (04/09/2018)
9.Workout Supplements Recalled Due To Allergen Risk (04/06/2018)
10.Seller of Coenzyme-A Warned For Making Drug Claims (01/26/2018)
11.FDA Warns Sellers of Bodybuilding Supplements Containing Steroid-Like Substances (11/01/2017)
12.Black Licorice Can Cause Abnormal Heart Rhythms, FDA Warns (10/31/2017)
13.Total Body Nutrition Warned for Banned Stimulant in Supplements (10/18/2017)
14.FDA Warns Seller of DHEA, Creatine, Chromium & More for Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims (09/26/2017)
15.FDA Warns Dr. Carolyn Dean of Drug Claims Made for Magnesium, Calcium & Other Mineral Supplements (07/11/2017)

Archived Recalls and Warnings Found:
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1.Muscle Enhancement Supplement Containing Steroid-Like Substances Recalled (05/20/2017)
2.Muscle Enhancement Supplement Recalled (05/08/2017)
3.Seller of Amino Acid Supplements & More Warned for Manufacturing Violations (05/02/2017)
4.Herbal Supplement Found to Contain Ephedra Alkaloids Recalled (02/09/2017)
5.Seller of Protein and Workout Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations, Label Errors (01/07/2017)
6.DMAA Product Recalled (11/25/2016)
7.Liver Injuries Linked With Dietary Supplement Use on the Rise (11/04/2016)
8.Steroid "Alternatives" Not Permitted In Dietary Supplements, FDA Warns (10/29/2016)
9.Amino Acid Supplements Recalled (05/23/2016)
10.Workout Supplement Containing Acacia Rigidula Recalled (04/16/2016)
11.Large Doses of Stimulant Methylsynephrine Found In Weight Loss Supplements (04/08/2016)
12.Muscle Enhancement Supplement Recalled (04/05/2016)
13.FDA Warns Sellers of Weight and Workout Supplements Containing Acacia Rigidula (03/15/2016)
14.FDA Finds Problems at 58% of Supplement Manufacturing Sites in U.S. and Abroad (03/12/2016)
15.Work Out and Weight Supplements Contain Synthetic Amphetamine-Like Compound (02/16/2016)
16.FDA Warns Companies Selling Products Containing Picamilon (12/05/2015)
17.GNC Accused of Selling Supplements with Unlawful Ingredients (10/28/2015)
18.No Vinpocetine in Some Vinpocetine Supplements; Picamilon Labels Not Accurate (10/14/2015)
19.Weight and Energy Supplement Contains Synthetic "Amphetamine" (09/30/2015)
20.Seller of Muscle Supplements and More Warned for Manufacturing Violations (09/26/2015)
21.Synthetic Amphetamine, Less Protein and More Sugar Than Claimed Found in Workout Supplements (08/22/2015)
22.Teen Use of Weight Loss and Workout Supplements Labeled "For Adult Use Only" Concerning (04/29/2015)
23.FDA Targets Weight Loss and Workout Supplements Listing Synthetic Stimulant DMBA (04/29/2015)
24.FDA Identifies More Products Listing Synthetic Amphetamine (04/26/2015)
25.Herbal Laxative and "Detox" Kit Containing High Levels of Lead and/or Arsenic Recalled in Canada (04/17/2015)
26.Muscle Supplement Linked to Serious Liver Injury (04/14/2015)
27.Does Your Weight Loss or Sports Supplement Contain Synthetic Amphetamine? (04/08/2015)
28.Seller of Muscle Supplements Containing Synthetic Steroids Warned (02/17/2015)
29.FDA Warns Consumers Not to Buy or Use Muscle Enhancement Supplement (11/14/2014)
30.Seller of Sexual, Muscle Enhancement Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims (11/11/2014)
31.Supplements Recalled Years Ago Remain on the Market, Still Contain Hidden Drugs (10/22/2014)
32.New Synthetic Stimulant Found in Supplements (10/09/2014)
33.Maker of Joint and Weight Products Warned for Hidden Drugs, Manufacturing Violations (09/23/2014)
34.Red Yeast Rice Product Recalled (06/25/2014)
35.Maker of Mood, Smoking Cessation Supplements and More Warned for Violations, Drug Claims (05/14/2014)
36.Seller of B Vitamins, CoQ10, Amino Acids and Other Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims (04/29/2014)
37.Arthritis Supplement Containing Multiple Drugs Recalled (04/24/2014)
38.FDA Questions Ingredient in Workout Supplement (04/18/2014)
39.Seller of Aloe and Vitamin C Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations (03/05/2014)
40.Maker of Cholesterol and Workout Supplements Warned For Manufacturing Violations, Drug Claims and Unapproved Ingredient (02/13/2014)
41.FDA Warns Consumers Not To Buy or Use Arthritis Supplement (02/13/2014)
42.Joint Health Supplement Contains Dangerous Drugs, FDA Warns (01/16/2014)
43.Muscle Growth Supplement Linked with Liver Failure (12/24/2013)
44.Another Meth-Like Compound Discovered In Weight Loss Supplements (11/20/2013)
45.OxyElite Pro Recall Expanded (11/20/2013)
46.Workout Supplement OxyElite Pro Recalled After Being Linked to Serious Liver Illness (11/11/2013)
47.Ingredient In Workout Supplements May Be Unsafe, FDA Warns (10/27/2013)
48.Methamphetamine-Like Compound Found In Popular Workout Supplement (10/16/2013)
49.Seller of Omega-3 and Joint Supplements Warned for Manufacturing Violations and Drug Claims (09/17/2013)
50.Creatine Powder Containing DMAA Recalled (09/15/2013)
51.Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Multimineral Supplements Recalled Due To Anabolic Steroid Risk (08/02/2013)
52.Fat Loss and Muscle Enhancement Supplements Found To Contain DMAA (08/01/2013)
53.B Vitamin Supplement Found To Contain Anabolic Steroids (07/28/2013)
54.Safety of Certain Weight Loss and Bodybuilding Supplements Called Into Question (07/26/2013)
55.USPLabs Destroys $8 Million Worth of Supplements Containing DMAA (07/24/2013)
56.FDA Warns Consumers About The Dangers Of DMAA (04/12/2013)
57.Maker of Workout Booster Warned For Manufacturing Violations (04/11/2013)
58.Manufacturer of Joint, Weight Loss, Muscle Supplements and More Warned for Adulteration, Misbranding and Drug Claims (03/01/2013)
59.Pet Supplement Company Issues Recall Due To Potential Bacterial Contamination (02/21/2013)
60.FDA Warns USPLabs For Adulteration and Drug Claims (02/20/2013)
61.Recall: Arthritis and Muscle Pain Supplement Contains Prescription Drugs (02/20/2013)
62.Energy Drink Recalled Due To Bacterial Contamination (02/15/2013)
63.FDA Warns Maker of Weight Loss and Whey Protein Supplements For Manufacturing Violations and Misbranding (02/13/2013)
64.Growth Factor Supplement For "Size, Strength and Stamina" Recalled Due To Potential Contamination (02/07/2013)
65.DMAA Supplement Linked to Runner's Death (02/01/2013)
66.USPLabs Settles Class Action Lawsuit Over Controversial DMAA Ingredient (01/23/2013)
67.Nutrition Bars Recalled Due To Undeclared Allergen (01/16/2013)
68.Dangerous Supplement Being Sold Under New Name (12/21/2012)
69.Manufacturer of Muscle Building Supplement Containing Steroid Pleads Guilty (11/26/2012)
70.Maker of Vitamin C, Aloe and Sexual Enhancement Supplements Warned for Drug Claims and Misbranding (11/14/2012)
71.Maker of Concussion Recovery Supplement Warned For Making Drug Claims (09/10/2012)
72.Maker of Concussion Recovery Supplement Warned For Making Drug Claims (09/10/2012)
73.Energy, Fat Loss Supplement Recalled For Ephedrine Alkaloids (08/31/2012)
74.FDA Warning on Supplement for Pain Relief (06/04/2012)
75.FDA Says DMAA Can't Be Sold as a Supplement -- Warns Sellers (04/29/2012)
76.Protein Supplement Maker Fails FDA Audit -- Many Products Affected (04/16/2012)
77.Performance Enhancing Ingredient, DMAA, Not Really from Geraniums, Putting Its Use in Supplements in Doubt (08/07/2011)
78.Recall of Calcium & Magnesium Softgels Containing Excessive and Potentially Toxic Amounts of Vitamin D (06/22/2011)
79.Expansion of Pet Supplement Recall for Salmonella Risk; Many Brands Affected (07/18/2010)
80.Pet Vitamin Recalled for Salmonella Risk (06/22/2010)
81.FDA Warns Parents to Be Careful Giving Vitamin D Drops to Infants (06/21/2010)
82.FDA Warns Consumers to Avoid Breath Supplement Contaminated with Lead (05/03/2010)
83.Warning on Acai Berry Supplements Spiked with Drug (12/08/2009)
84.Update: Hazardous Levels of Selenium Confirmed by FDA in Two Supplements (04/11/2008)
85.Federal Agents Seize Nearly $1.3 Million of Illegal Dietary Supplements (04/07/2008)
86.FDA Warns of Adverse Reactions with Two Liquid Supplements -- Selenium Toxicity Possible (03/28/2008)
87.FDA Warning on Red Yeast Rice Products (08/09/2007)
88.Weight-Loss Marketers Pay $3 Million for Deceptive Advertising (05/11/2006)
89.FDA Warns About Steroid Products Sold as Dietary Supplements (03/13/2006)
90.Supplement Company to Pay $2 Million Penalty For Alleged Violations of FTC Order (10/12/2005)
91.FTC Cracks Down on "HGH" Supplements; $20 Million in Consumer Redress (06/09/2005)
92.Ads for Various Diet Pills and Topical Gels Don’t Cut the Fat, Says the FTC (06/16/2004)
93.FDA Seizes Ephedra-Containing Dietary Supplements for Unsubstantiated Athletic Performance Claims (02/06/2004)
94.Recall of 7 Herbal Products from Botanic Lab in US and Abroad (08/09/2002)


News Releases Found:
2019 Best Magnesium Supplements Revealed by ConsumerLab (11/12/2019)
 ConsumerLab Tests Reveal Best Collagen Supplements for Wrinkles and Joints (10/04/2019)
2018 Tests Reveal How Much CBD is Really in CBD and Hemp Oils -- Some Don't Provide Amounts of CBD Listed on Labels (02/15/2018)
2017 ConsumerLab.com Shows How Much Choline is Really in Supplements -- ConsumerLab.com Tests Phosphatidylcholine (From Soy Lecithin), Citicoline, Alpha-GPC and Other Choline-Containing Supplements, Identifying Top Picks (02/03/2017)
2014 Problems Found with the Quality and Labeling of Some "Muscle Enhancement" Supplements -- Review of Creatine and Branched-chain Amino Acid Supplements Published by ConsumerLab.com (01/15/2014)
2013 31% of Protein Powders and Drinks Fail Tests by ConsumerLab.com (06/11/2013)
 Use of CoQ10, Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics and B Vitamins on the Rise According to ConsumerLab.com Survey (01/31/2013)
2012 Fish oil and multivitamins most popular supplements in ConsumerLab.com survey -- Internet most popular place to shop (02/05/2012)
2011 ConsumerLab.com evaluates quality of potassium supplements and identifies those offering best value (01/25/2011)
2010 Tests of "muscle enhancement" supplements show quality problems with some creatine and branched-chain amino acid products -- Review of Muscle Enhancement Supplements published by ConsumerLab.com (07/21/2010)
2008 ConsumerLab.com finds most potassium supplements meet quality standards, but one with only 18% of ingredient — Results for 12 potassium supplements in new review (01/08/2008)
2006 ConsumerLab.com responds to vitamin industry claim to be "vindicated" in defamation case (11/17/2006)
 Tests of "muscle" supplements finds some "weak" products but most contain expected creatine, HMB, or amino acids — Review of muscular enhancement supplements published by ConsumerLab.com (11/13/2006)
 ConsumerLab.com report on CoQ10 supplements finds quality high but large range in suggested dosage (10/20/2006)
 Care advised with natural cold remedies: ConsumerLab.com finds few products with proper quality and directions — ConsumerLab.com offers advice from tests of echinacea, garlic, ginseng, vitamin C, and zinc supplements (10/10/2006)
 DHEA supplements, touted for anti-aging and strength, reviewed by ConsumerLab.com — Testing finds one brand with 215% of the labeled amount (09/19/2006)
 Over 70% of herbal sleep supplements fail tests for quality by ConsumerLab.com — Results for 16 valerian products released today (08/15/2006)
 ConsumerLab.com evaluates cholesterol-lowering supplements — Test results available for over 90 products; Review of nine popular ingredients (08/01/2006)
2005 Testing by ConsumerLab.com identifies many problems with popular supplements for weight loss, slimming, and blood sugar control (11/15/2005)
2003 ConsumerLab.com dispels myths about HGH human growth hormone supplements sold widely on Internet (12/08/2003)
 Consumerlab.com finds new forms of creatine prone to problems — Test results of muscular enhancement supplements published online today (09/24/2003)
 Some problems persist with ginseng supplements but overall quality improves according to ConsumerLab.com — Test results published online today (08/28/2003)
 ConsumerLab.com finds many cholesterol-lowering supplements poorly made — Test results published online today (07/31/2003)
 ConsumerLab.com finds lead in coral calcium product; Product also charged with false advertising by FTC — Calcium supplement product review published online today (06/10/2003)
 Consumers advised to read labels carefully when selecting herbal supplements for prostate — Saw palmetto product review published online today (05/20/2003)
 Low quality ingredient appears widespread among Ginkgo supplements according to ConsumerLab.com; points to challenge for FDA's proposed regulations — Review of memory enhancement supplements released today (04/21/2003)
2002 Study finds supplement users avoid prescription drugs due to side effects, not cost — Brands top rated by users also identified in new survey by ConsumerLab.com (05/05/2002)
 Study finds supplement users avoid prescription drugs due to side effects, not cost — Brands top rated by users also identified in new survey by ConsumerLab.com (03/06/2002)
 Athletic Banned Substances Screening and Certification Program announced by ConsumerLab.com — Tester of supplements to screen for substances banned in Olympics (02/08/2002)
 ConsumerLab.com finds most B vitamin supplements contain what they claim, but often exceed safe levels — Consumers cautioned to be aware of side effects with high dose products (01/08/2002)
2001 ConsumerLab.com finds fish oil supplements free of mercury, but 30% lacking in key ingredient — Test results of omega-3 fatty acid (EPA and DHA) products released today (11/20/2001)
 Sixty percent of nutrition bars fail to meet claims in ConsumerLab.com tests — "Low Carb" bars often loaded with carbohydrates; excess sodium and saturated fat also found (10/30/2001)
 Most iron supplements pass ConsumerLab.com testing — Lead contamination and insufficient iron found in some (10/03/2001)
 Problems and ambiguity among alternative estrogen products reported by ConsumerLab.com — Results of soy and red clover isoflavone product testing released online today (08/15/2001)
 Many herbal sleep products lack key claimed ingredient — Results of ConsumerLab.com's testing of valerian products released on web today (07/09/2001)
 ConsumerLab.com reports test results of arthritis supplement — MSM; Quality found higher than for most supplements, but room for improvement remains (06/04/2001)
 Over forty percent of Echinacea products fail ConsumerLab.com review; Inadequate labeling and missing ingredients found common for popular herbal cold remedy (05/07/2001)
 Quality of popular herbal anti-depressant found to vary; certain types of St. John's Wort supplements more likely to pass testing (04/10/2001)
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 ConsumerLab.com review of vitamin E supplements finds some insufficiencies and need for clearer labeling; test results released online today (03/13/2001)
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