Creatamax 8000GL

tickCreatine based product
tickStrength enhancer
tickMuscle Builder
tickBoosts energy
How does it work?
Creatine supplements have become increasingly popular with people wanting rapid gains in muscle size and strength. Creatamax 8000GL contains a blend of Creatine, bicarbonates, D-pinitol and Bioperine, together with a patented form of magnesium (US Patent # 6,114,379) designed specially to maximise creatine uptake. Other anabolic compounds, including Glutamine and Glycine are also included.

Per 35 grams (one level scoop):

Energy: 133 kcal (566kJ)
Protein: 11.2 grams
Carbohydrate: 22.1 grams
Fats: trace
Creatine Monohydrate: 5 grams
L-Glutamine: 5 grams
GAA: 1 gram
Glycine: 1 gram
Potassium Bicarbonate: 500 milligrams
Sodium Bicarbonate: 500 milligrams
Albion Magnesium chelate: 50 milligrams
D-pinitol: 28 milligrams
Bioperine™: 5 milligrams
How does it work?
Creatine
Creatine is a substance found naturally in your body. Every time you perform any type of intense exercise (such as sprinting, or training with weights), your body uses Creatine to provide your body with energy. Unfortunately, creatine stores only last for a maximum of around 10 seconds. That's why you can't sprint "all-out" for very long - your creatine stores become depleted.

Creatine supplementation has been shown in a number of studies to enhance maximal strength [2], improve sporting performance in soccer players [1], and accelerate gains in lean muscle mass [2]. For example, test subjects given Creatine for 12 weeks in combination with a weight-training programme gained 24% and 32% more strength in the bench press and squat, respectively. What's more, they also gained twice as much lean muscle, despite the fact they did no extra training [3]. These kind of results are typical for most people using Creatine. A study published in the prestigious journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise showed that just five days after using 20 grams of Creatine daily, test subjects gained an impressive 3.1 pounds of lean muscle [4].

Recent tests have highlighted the fact that many popular brands of Creatine contain large amounts of impurities, specifically Creatinine, Dicyandiamide, and Dihydrotriazine. This is due to the use of cheap, industrial-grade raw materials used in the manufacturing of Creatine. In small amounts, these substances pose no safety risk. However, recent tests from University College Chichester have revealed that many well-known brands of Creatine supplements contain large amounts of these contaminants. Routine tests show that Creatamax 8000GL is free of these impurities.

Glutamine
Glutamine is a nutrient essential for muscle growth, as it's the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue. Doctors and clinicians regularly use it to treat patients with illness, injury or infection [10]. Not only does Glutamine play a vital role in building muscle, studies also show that glutamine boosts growth hormone levels, helping you burn fat faster. As little as two grams of glutamine can double growth hormone levels after just 30 minutes [9]. During periods of intense training, your can't make enough glutamine to compensate for exercise-induced losses. Anyone who exercises on a regular basis (3-4 times per week) may deplete their glutamine stores. Glutamine supplementation is extremely useful for anyone who exercises regularly, especially individuals wanting to gain muscle size and strength.

Glycocyamine (GAA)
Supplementation with Glycocyamine can ensure a more powerful effect from the use of creatine. Glycocyamine also appears to be very effective for those who see no benefits from creatine. In other words, it turns creatine "non-responders" into "responders." Scientists think this nutrient might also boost your own creatine production. Writing in the January 2003 issue of Flex magazine, Jim Wright thinks that glycocyamine might be "the most significant advance in creatine supplements since creatine monohydrate was originally introduced to the bodybuilding market." Glycine Most creatine supplements use large amounts of carbohydrate to force creatine and other nutrients into your muscles. The problem is that excess carbohydrate calories have the potential to cause fat gain. The amino acid Glycine - in very small amounts - helps to force more carbohydrate and creatine into your muscles, without filling you with excess calories [11]. This means you'll gain muscle without getting fat.

Bicarbonates
Bicarbonates are referred to as "alkaline" salts. This means they have the ability to neutralise or counteract acids. Both potassium and sodium bicarbonate can reduce acid levels in the stomach, increasing the uptake and absorption of various nutrients such as Glutamine and Creatine.

Magnesium chelate
Some experts believe that creatine combined with magnesium is a highly effective way to enhance and extend the effects of creatine on muscle size and strength. When minerals such as magnesium become surrounded by and bonded to amino acids, in a stable form, this is referred to as chelation. Chelation is a natural means for the body to transport minerals across the intestinal wall as part of digestion. Experts believe that the creatine-magnesium chelate in Creatamax 8000GL helps to enhance absorption of creatine and decrease stomach discomfort. Some initial research shows it is better absorbed and tolerated than traditional creatine monohydrate. It also mixes well in water.

D-pinitol
D-pinitol is a form of pinitol, a naturally-occurring compound found in certain plants, trees and foods, such as soy. Studies show that it has insulin-like effects, driving creatine and other nutrients into muscle cells. The effects of Pinitol have been described by noted experts such as Dr. Daniel Gwartney, M.D. Gwartney points out that "... of all the proposed so-called insulin mimickers and insulin co-factors, pinitol is the one with the most promise." The effectiveness of Pinitol has been known by top US experts for some time, and it has been awarded two U.S. Patents (#5,550,166 and #5,827,896). D-pinitol is very popular with people who want to use creatine, but don't want the extra calories and sugar contained in many creatine-based supplements. In a trial completed at Arkansas State University, researchers examined whether co-ingestion of D-pinitol with creatine affects whole body creatine retention.The results show that D-Pinitol increases whole body creatine retention to the same extent as high levels of carbohydrate or carbohydrate and protein [13].

Bioperine
Bioperine® is a standardized piperine extract obtained from the fruits of the black pepper and/or long pepper plants. It has little effect on weight loss, lean muscle gain or sporting performance. Rather, the main effect of Bioperine® is to enhance the bioavailability of various nutrients consumed with it.
How do I use it?
Loading: Mix 1 level scoop (35 grams) with 200 milliliters of water, and take 4 times a day for the first 4 days. Maintenance: After the loading dose, take 1 scoop (35 grams) twice daily (once in the morning and once after training or in the afternoon). Marathon runners, cyclists, or anyone wanting endurance and not bulk, should take just 1 scoop daily, with no loading dose.
What results can I expect?
Creatamax 8000GL leads to rapid weight gain, with many users gaining several pounds in weight after just 5-6 days. Most controlled studies show that 20 grams per day of creatine monohydrate taken for five to six days improves performance and delays muscle fatigue during short-duration, high-intensity exercise such as sprinting or weight lifting. After six weeks, users can expect to gain up to 12 pounds of lean muscle with little or no fat gain.

1. Mujika, I., Padilla, S., Ibanez, J., Izquierdo, M., & Gorostiaga, E. (2000). Creatine supplementation and sprint performance in soccer players. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, 32, 518-525
2. Vandenberghe, K., Goris, M., Van Hecke, P., Van Leemputte, M., Vangerven, L., & Hespel, P. (1997). Long-term creatine intake is beneficial to muscle performance during resistance training. Journal of Applied Physiology, 83, 2055-2063
3. Volek J.S., Duncan, N.D., Mazzetti, S.A., Staron, R.S., Putukian, M., Gomez, A.L, Pearson, D.R, Fink, W.J., & Kraemer WJ. (1999). Performance and muscle fiber adaptations to creatine supplementation and heavy resistance training. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, 31, 1147-1156
4. Mihic, S., MacDonald, J.R., McKenzie, S., & Tarnopolsky, M.A. (2000). Acute creatine loading increase fat-free mass, but does not affect blood pressure, plasma creatinine, or CK activity in men and women. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, 32, 291-296
5. Becque MD, Lochmann JD, Melrose DR. (2000). Effects of oral creatine supplementation on muscular strength and body composition. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 32, 654-658
6. Greenhaff, P.L. (1995). Creatine and its application as an ergogenic aid. International Journal of Sports Nutrition, 5, 94-101
7. Preen, D., Dawson, B., Goodman, C., Lawrence, S., & Beilby, J. (2001). Effect of creatine loading on long-term sprint exercise performance and metabolism. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 33, 814-821
8. Mujika, I., Padilla, S., Ibanez, J., Izquierdo, M., & Gorostiaga, E. (2000). Creatine supplementation and sprint performance in soccer players. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 32, 518-525
9. Welbourne, T.C. (1995). Increased plasma bicarbonate and growth hormone after an oral glutamine. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 61, 1058-1061
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14. Volek, J.S., Kraemer, W.J., Rubin, M.R., Gomez, A.L., Ratamess, N.A., & Gaynor, P. (2002). L-Carnitine L-tartrate supplementation favorably affects markers of recovery from exercise stress. American Journal of Physiology, 282, E474-E482

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