I am amazed how the supplement industry is trying to squeeze hundreds of ideas to form new products that are supposed to be better than their predecessor.
Well, in other areas like electronics, having a newer product is most of the time a good thing. You get something better than you currently have.
The supplement industry proved us again and again that this doesn’t really apply in their case.
Most of the time, the new products that come on the market are full of fluff, get you no improvement at best, and in the worst case, they can be just another letdown that is priced higher because all of the marketing invested, and the hype created.
I Present You: Creatine Ethyl Ester
Let’s first start with what exactly is this “new” compound:
Creatine Ethyl Ester is just simple creatine monohydrate that has an ester attached to it. An ester is an organic compound that was created from the reaction of alcohol and carboxylic acid.
It is a substance that was created to add athlets in developing muscle mass and giving them performance improvements.
The simple explanation is that it’s an ethyl ester that is a derivative of creatine.
Continuing with conversion in body, creatine ethyl ester was marketed as a substance that has a better rate of absorption, and a longer life in your body than the usual creatine monohydrate because of its supposed “lipophilic” properties.
It is licenced through the University of Nebraska Medical Center, distributed and sold under many brands.
If we were to believe that what’s marketed is true, the only real benefit of this form of creatine would be that it causes less gastric upset and loads the muscular stores faster.
Almost all of the genuine studies you can find were done on creatine monohydrate and there is little research on other types of creatine like creatine ethyl ester, creatine phosphate, creatine serum, effervescent creatine and so on.
Creatine Monohydrate Or Creatine Ethyl Ester?
The answer is simple: creatine monohydrate is the best and the cheapest form you can find that actually was proven to work by numerous studies and by practical application.
It is demonstrated that it has better bioavailability than other creatine forms.
When comparing to other creatine forms that are even now marketed as superior, creatine monohydrate wins by far because every other type was shown to rapidly degrade into the useless product named creatinine.
Creatine monohydrate still maintains its effectiveness and stays active.
So, as you can see, creatine ethyl ester is just another supplement that written down on paper looks good but if we are looking at the evidence, the results are disappointing.
This study showed that creatine ethyl ester rapidly degrades to creatinine in stomach acid.
This study indicates that CEE can’t stay long enough in the blood for it to reach your muscle cells (it stays for maximum of 1 minute).
In conclusion, I hope I helped you make the right choice regarding the selection of a proper creatine form.
Are you using CEE now? If no, have you used this product in the past?
What is your opinion about this product?