Creatine HCL

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Creatine HCL (Hydrochloride): What is it?

Creatine is a naturally occurring chemical found within the body, normally in the muscles. It is also found in certain foods and may be obtained through supplementation. It is widely used among athletes in a wide range of sports for the primary purpose of supplementing exercise performance and promoting lean muscle [1].* Creatine HCL is one of the newest iterations of creatine to hit the market; however, it is also significantly more potent. 

This is the primary difference between Creatine HCL and other types of creatine like monohydrate. It does not require a loading phase and calls for a significantly smaller dosage while still delivering the same benefits.

Creatine HCL Benefits

Creatine hydrochloride's main benefit is helping to supplement healthy muscle. This is thought to be due to an increase in the production and supply of ATP to working muscle cells. This also promotes muscular energy, helping to avoid lactic acid build-up and allowing for longer and more intense workouts [2].*

Creatine HCL VS Creatine Monohydrate

When considering the various types of Creatine, HCL is water soluble. That means that it is more easily absorbed into the bloodstream, which reduces typical side effects seen in other types of Creatine. Additionally, it may be used continuously without any detrimental effects, and there is no required loading period in order to build up its effectiveness [2].*

Creatine HCL is also much more highly concentrated than other forms. This makes it so that you do not need to take very much in order to receive beneficial effects [2].

Creatine HCL Dosage

Unlike monohydrate, Creatine hydrochloride does not require a loading phase. Best results are obtained using a 750mg Creatine HCL dosage per day. This is equivalent to a scant 1/2 tsp scoop of the bulk powder. This dosage can even be split into 2 or 3 different administrations. This should be mixed with juice in order to improve its rate of absorption. 

When to Take Creatine HCL

Typical uses are as both a pre- and post-workout drink. This helps to supply needed energy, makes the routine more effective, and then begins to help with the repair and recovery of muscle cells and tissues.*

Curated Reviews

"I've used Creatine Monohydrate in the past, but due to its digestive tract upset for me, I stopped. I liked the results from Creatine Supplementation, so when I came across this Creatine HCL suggestion in Dr. David William's newsletter, I thought I'd give it a try. I couldn't be more pleased with the results. No digestion upset, and have seen results within a couple of weeks. I am 63 years old, lift weights 2 times a week, and do yoga 3 times a week. Creatine HCL gives me the energy for a more rigorous workout. I like the muscle recovery aspect of this product. It does everything the article said it would. I take one scoop (1/8 tsp.) twice a day, in an 8oz. glass of filtered water. One scoop with breakfast, and the second dose before my work out later on in the day. A small amount of product, for huge benefits. I highly recommend Creatine HCL. Thank you Powder City! Great service. Great product."- Deborah B

“Having read a review on Creatine HCL in Dr. Williams newsletter, I decided to give it a try. I am a weightlifter, and have used creatine in the past with good results, but was put off by the amount of powder you had to take for effectiveness. The thing I like about the HCL version is that you have to take far less. Powder City had great prices, and the delivery was fast. I will definitely make them my supplier of choice.”- James B

“Good product, as expected from all previous orders and products from this company. But the product is very gritty and has a bitter taste. I always mix with a protein shake post-workout and can notice both taste and texture even over my flavored whey. Keep in mind how highly researched this product is and how great the benefits are. Results and price over taste, plus only takes a few swigs to finish off a shake anyway. Again great product for an extremely great price compared to other Creatine HCL sellers and manufactures.”- Ryan C

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Scientific studies cited are not conclusive and have limitations, due to of their closed environment nature. Referenced studies will not necessarily determine your experience with a supplement or nootropic, since there are many unaccounted variables, which fall outside the scope of the studies.

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