180_mph, on 24 June 2012 - 04:21 PM, said:
Umm......yeah, he is absolutely right, and was actually giving you sound advice.
For your body to actually absorb creatine efficiently you need an insulin spike, ie take it with glucose, fruit juice.....something sugary.
This is why most creatine blends have carbohydrates mixed in with them.
When you body has raised insulin levels it absorbs nutrients quicker and more efficiently. Same reason why people put glucose in post workout shakes, although your insulin
is usually higher after a workout anyway.
It's why alot of diabetics struggle with their weight.
The body can only absorb so much creatine, regardless of insulin levels. At higher insulin levels the blood plasma levels are actually lower at higher doses of creatine than at lower doses. This is explained by the increased ability to transport creatine intramuscularly, leading to an increase in creatine absorbed FROM the blood into the muscles, not an increase of creatine levels in the blood. Just being picky here, but you can see why.
This was only really observed at the maximum physiological or supraphysiological levels of insulin (ie. you inject more than your body can produce). Unless you simultaneously take creatine and inject insulin (or you are close to the physiological maximum, even then the increase is not huge) then you are unlikely to see any real benefit than if you just drank it with water.
Keep the creatine in powder form as long as possible, although i havn't found anything other than bro science that just says it breaks down, not what breaks it down. It's broken down within the muscles by creatine kinase, our bodies are 70% water so going by what the articles say, technically creatine should be breaking down constantly in our muscles simply by being there?