Will it help me to take CreAttack™ combination of ingredients than just Creatine alone?
New research is revealing a synergistic, beneficial relationship between creatine and beta-alanine. The combination of creatine and beta-alanine participants in studies gained more lean mass, boosted endurance performance and lost more body fat than a group supplementing with only creatine. Research also shows that HMB combined with creatine produces greater results than either HMB or creatine alone. A published study shows the two most powerful supplements have an additive effect (Strength and Muscle Building: 2001: Jowko). HMB and creatine is the largest-selling HMB supplement on the market. There can be no doubt: HMB and creatine is the proven combination that helps bodybuilders increase lean muscle mass and, in turn, strength and strength-related performance benefits.
What is Creatine?
Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid produced in the kidney and liver that helps to supply energy to all cells in the body. Creatine is non-essential as it is manufactured in the human body from three amino acids (arginine, glycine, and methionine). Approximately 95% of the creatine in the human body is located in skeletal muscle.
Is Creatine safe?
Creatine is the most scientifically researched sports supplement on the planet. Creatine supplementation has been proven over and over as safe and effective for enhancing performance in a wide range of sports. Combine the proven effectiveness of creatine with the fact that it has no side effects, and you have the most widely used performance enhancement product of the last century. It is safe and recommended for men and women.
Should athletes load or not load?
Current research shows that loading is not necessary and may actually lead to cramping and other negative side effects such as gastric intestinal distress. The recommendation of 5 grams daily is all that is required to reap the performance enhancing benefits of creatine.
Weight gain derived from Creatine ingestion: Is it water or muscle?
Creatine supplementation typically promotes gains in body mass and/or fat free mass. Some have suggested that because the gains are fairly rapid, that the gains must be fluid retention. The initial weight gain may promote some water retention, but a number of recent studies do not support this concept. Most studies that have evaluated the effects of creatine supplementation on fluid retention and body composition indicate that although total body water increases, the increase appears to be proportional to the muscle mass gained.
Should teenagers take Creatine?
There is no definitive research showing adverse effects to adolescent athletes who consume creatine as directed. However, F3 Nutrition’s products are designed for healthy adults over 18 years of age seeking to support energy, performance and muscle development during resistance exercise or other forms of fitness training.*
What is HMB and what does it do?
HMB is a component of the branched amino acid Leucine. HMB aids in increasing muscle protein (mass) in two ways:
- Decreases protein breakdown from hard workouts by signaling the body to slow down the destruction of muscle tissue.
- HMB disrupts protein breakdown by decreasing the ubiquitin-proteasome proteolytic pathway.
What will taking a supplement with HMB do for me?
It will do as much as you want it to; the harder you work, the more effect you will get. Studies have shown that HMB supplementation can do the following:
- Increase Muscle Mass and Strength
- Decrease Body Fat along with a well balanced diet and exercise
- Decrease Muscle Damage
Does HMB work for women and older adults?
Yes, published research results show that women and older adults who take supplemental HMB and exercise have enhanced strength, maintained muscle and increased fat loss as well.
What will HMB do for runners or cyclists that don't want to bulk-up?
HMB can benefit endurance athletes as well. Research has shown that HMB increases VO2 max (maximal oxygen consumption), which is an indicator of endurance capacity. HMB has also been shown to minimize muscle damage and soreness associated with prolonged/strenuous endurance exercise.
What is Beta-Alanine and where does it come from?
Beta-Alanine is a non-essential amino acid found naturally in both foods such as chicken, beef, pork, fish and it naturally occurs in the body. It makes anyone who takes their training seriously, who wants to be bigger, faster, stronger and more defined, very happy.
How does Beta-Alanine work?
Beta-Alanine helps the body to synthesize the compound Carnosine, which is found throughout the body, but most notably in the muscles. Carnosine lessens the impact of fatigue during workouts and increases the power of the muscles. So how does this work exactly? As a person exercises, especially during a high intensity workout, positively charged hydrogen atoms (H+) start accumulating in the region, causing things to become more acidic. Lactic acid is also produced because of the metabolism of glycogen, which is one of the forms of energy the body uses. These two factors cause fatigue and muscle burn and soreness.
So how does Carnosine work then? Carnosine acts by absorbing stray H+ atoms it comes in contact with, thereby assisting the body in maintaining its pH balance during a workout routine. This action delays fatigue until the stray H+ atoms become so great that fatigue is inevitable. So the greater the supply of Carnosine in the muscles, the more H+ atoms the body is able to absorb.
Who needs Beta-Alanine and how much should be taken?
Beta alanine might be one of the most versatile amino acid supplements discovered — whether you're an endurance athlete, bodybuilder, powerlifter, or just someone who wants to get bigger, stronger or leaner. Recommended maximum dose limit is 800 mg for a man.
Are there any side effects?
Some people may notice a tingling sensation on the skin in the first few weeks directly after ingestion that lasts about an hour. Eventually this subsides after a few weeks of supplementation. It is caused by how Beta Alanine binds to nerve receptors. It is not felt by everyone, so it is not a sign of it working or not.
How long does it take for Beta-Alanine to work?
Beta-Alanine benefits typically occur in as little as two weeks, although some individuals will notice benefits within one week. As carnosine levels increase, the benefits will follow. The most dramatic results are generally experienced within the 3-4 week range but they don’t stop there. Recent research is now showing carnosine levels continue to increase for a minimum of 12 weeks which is why we recommend staying on Beta-Alanine for at least three months to optimize your carnosine levels.
Is there scientific proof Beta-Alanine works?
Beta-Alanine efficacy is backed by major university, peer-reviewed studies performed on humans and not animals which other products typically base their claims on. The science behind Beta-Alanine is simple, it makes sense and it works.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.