Originally Posted by K Stand Knut
Can anyone (in simplistic terms) explain to me the difference between the two main types of Creatine (Ethel Esther and monohydrate)? Which one is best?
I am currently taking an Optimum Health Pure Creatine Ethel Ester three times as day with food along with 2 Nutrisport 90+ protein shakes a day (on workout days). Have seen decent changes in both body shape etc. but not sure if the Creatine is helping or not.
I'm running out of both Creatine and protein so need to reorder again!
CEE is simply CM with an attached ester to it. The companies claim it will be absorbed at a faster rate compared to traditional CM. But, the overall benefits of CEE over CM has not been studied yet. However, there is one study where they found this:
Non-enzymatic cyclization of creatine ethyl ester to creatinine 10.1016/j.bbrc.2009.07.151 : Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications | ScienceDirect.com
"creatine ethyl ester is a pronutrient for creatinine rather than creatine under all physiological conditions encountered during transit through the various tissues, thus no ergogenic effect is to be expected from supplementation"
Simply put, don't waste your money on it.