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    confused creatine with lime water ?

    i am taking creatine monohydrate with lime water (one glass water , 1 tsp sugar , 1tsp salt , 5g creapure) , but some guys at gym say too much citric acid in lemon can spoil the absorption rate. im confused. cant take creatine with milk, cant take with water , cant take with limewater. suggest something other than getorade , i live in third world, with third world engineering salary, cant get getorade 2 times everyday

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    Re: creatine with lime water ?

    Ive never heard, nor read that before.

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    Re: creatine with lime water ?

    Who says you can't take it with water? That's crazy.

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    Re: creatine with lime water ?

    There were a lot of myths a few years ago about creatine breaking down very quickly in acidic solutions of water; and subsequently forming creatinine (a potentially toxic by-product).
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/tall..._stability.pdf (not a great source, but best I could do this fast)

    This was mainly hype used by marketers to push their 'stable' powder.

    I don't think you need any sugar with it either:

    "Studies have shown that creatine uptake in muscle is dependent on sodium and not on insulin spike as was believed earlier.4 Thus, formulations containing high-calorie sugars are not necessary for creatine transport and absorption. "
    Evaluation of the Stability of Creatine in Solution Prepared From Effervescent Creatine Formulations
    *so I guess you could mix it with salt to increase absorption, but would need to read more (so the sodium chloride{table salt} would dissociate and leave lots of sodium to bump the uptake rates; but I wouldn't bother, you get results anyways)

    Bottom line: just drink it with water.
    Last edited by pushing hard; 07-28-2009 at 03:10 PM.

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    Re: creatine with lime water ?

    In the first link I posted you see that the citric acid doesn't drop more than 40% after 100 days in the experiment (a bit longer than a few minutes in the glass and gut eh?)...so it seems like total bs that creatine has poor stability.

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    Re: creatine with lime water ?

    It's an old rumor. The acids in your stomach are more powerful then in lemon, orange, etc juice.

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    Re: creatine with lime water ?

    The reason why creatine wasn't absorbed via insulin peak in prev studies...the study wasn't using exercised cells; so it just showed it won't work in cells that are not being used (if you have a broken arm in a cast, it won't take up creatine).

    Protein- and carbohydrate-induced augmentation of whole body creatine retention in humans -- Steenge et al. 89 (3): 1165 -- Journal of Applied Physiology

    And it also showed that simple carbs w/it increased absorption up to 25%; but only at very high concentrations (20g of Carbs to every 1 g of Creatine; so for a normal 5g Creatine dose, taking 100g of Carbs: massive ammounts were used in the study).

    And moderate increases in absorption could be made with simple carbs (using 50g simple carbs with it).

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