NANO CREATINE – BEHIND THE SCIENCE
Creatine is present in the muscular tissue of many vertebrates, including man. It is a precursor of creatine phosphate, which in turn, acts as an energy store in the muscles: creatine phosphate is a compound with high energy bonds and serves to maintain the supply of ATP necessary for muscle contractions. Muscle energy is enhanced and muscle endurance is greater, creating muscle growth. Creatine is a natural substance that is also found in many food sources as well as stored within muscle tissue. During an aerobic exercise or high intensity sports such as; weight lifting, sprinting, football etc. the contraction of muscle takes place without the use of oxygen. Muscles metabolize or release energy by the means of a chemical reaction of a substance called ATP (Adenosine Tri-phosphate). Stored ATP within muscle is limited to approximately 10 second supply and must be constantly re-synthesized for continuous maximum muscle contractions. Creatine is an integral part of the chemical reaction to re-synthesizing ATP. The more creatine your muscle can hold, the more fuel you have for re-synthesizing ATP and the result will be explosive muscular power, increased stamina, enhanced and greater intensity with less muscular fatigue.
Scientists found that our bodies can actually store more creatine in our muscle cells than we produce. Approximately 120g of creatine is found in a 70 kg male, 95% in the skeletal muscle. Total creatine exists in muscle as both free creatine (40%) and phosphocreatine (60%). It appears that supplemental creatine monohydrate increases muscle total creatine, including both free and phosphocreatine. The average human body can store in excess around 40g of total creatine (free + phosphocreatine). Phosphocreatine is the direct precursor for your energy system while free creatine is the direct precursor for phosphocreatine. This has the effect of increasing the availability of creatine to be used in your energy cycle. It also further increases the fluid within the muscle cell associated with the osmotic effect, of increased intramuscular free creatine. This increases the muscle cell size in which more nutrients can be transported and stored within the muscle to be used for energy and protein synthesis, increasing exercise performance, recovery and muscle growth.
Creatine is not only beneficial for increasing performance during exercise and recovering properly after exercise; it also has a lot of other health benefits as well. There are numerous scientific studies which confirm this. It is of great benefit to congestive heart failure (CHF) patients as they exhibit endogenous intracellular creatine levels approximately 20% lower than normal. Supplementary creatine helps to restore these to normal creatine levels. This is because some of the body’s creatine pool is stored in the Heart. Creatine halts the further progression of gyrate atrophy of the choroid and retina. It counteracts the cachexia associated with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) – because it helps increases muscle mass and muscle strength in AIDS patients. Fibromyalgia patients have significantly lower levels of creatine than healthy people and supplemental creatine helps to restore endogenous creatine levels to normal. Creatine also helps to protect the brain from concussion and accelerates the healing of the brain after concussion. It has also been associated with increased brain function. Maintaining optimum levels of creatine within the body seems to be a major health benefit for general health and wellbeing. This not only makes it a necessity for sports people, but all people alike.
NANO CREATINE – EXCEPTIONAL EFFICIENCY
With the particles being so tiny, over 1250 times greater than a micronized process, the efficiency of absorption is increased. Because of their NANO size, they start to behave more like ions, becoming very electro-static in nature and therefore easily pass through cell membranes, allowing assimilation straight into the bloodstream.
The smaller the particles of any substance, the easier it is to be absorbed. Your skin, digestive tract and surface under your tongue contain membranes that are selective in what they let through. Acting like tiny filters, only the smallest of particles will be absorbed straight away. NANO Technology allows this to happen. Quicker digestion and faster utilization is a certainty with ASN’s revolutionizing NANO-Creatine. Once you have processed the creatine using NANO Technology, you create an even more pure creatine. The purer the creatine, the less solvents and impurities it will contain.
NANO CREATINE – ABSOLUTE PURITY
You have probably noticed that when you mix creatine monohydrate most of the particles will sink straight to the bottom of the glass. Though some of the creatine would be dissolved, (because of the smaller micronized particle size) the majority would instead float to the surface before settling at the bottom of the glass. These undissolved particles cause you to have stomach discomfort. The bio-availability of creatine has always been a concern. Even though it has a lot of health and performance enhancing benefits, the raw manufactured material is fairly large on a pharmacokinetic scale and it is not very soluble in liquid. Its solubility in room temperature water is around 1.4% and the raw material particle sizes vary from 100-500 microns in size. Because of this, oral consumption of creatine has caused adverse side effects. Scientific studies have been done on the pharmacokinetics (the study of the absorption, uptake, distribution, metabolism and excretion of substances introduced into the body) of micronized creatine powder and it was found that only 0.2-3% of the creatine ingested was absorbed over a 90 minute period. That is to say if you consume 5 grams of creatine, only a maximum of 150mg of creatine is going to be absorbed over a 90 minute period. That means there is still going to be 4.85 grams of creatine sitting in your gut. Because of this inefficiency of absorption, fluid is then drawn into your digestive system, giving you a bloated look. Because fluid has been robbed from your body and into your digestive system, certain effects may take place. Loss of fluid from muscles causes dehydration and cramps during exercise. Excess fluid in the digestive system causes stress on the intestinal tract leading to increased bowel movements and diarrhea. Because water balance has been interrupted within the body, overcompensation occurs within the rest of the body after the non-absorbed creatine has been excreted to try and rebalance fluid levels, causing excess 'puffiness' of the tissues, leaving you looking bloated.
Due to the inefficiency of creatine absorption a system was devised to take it in divided doses during the day and to do this for 5 days, so at the end of the five days your body will be ‘loaded up’ with the creatine. Then a ‘maintenance’ dose was suggested to maintain saturation within your body. The unfortunate effect of this however, is that because of poor bio-availability of the creatine, most of it will end up being expelled from the body, as well as your hard earned cash. That is to say if you spend around $80 for 2kg of creatine, only around 200g at most will be absorbed and utilised by your body. This means in regards to usable product you’re paying around $80 for 200g of creatine.
NANO CREATINE – COST EFFECTIVE
With NANO Creatine because of its small particle size you get 100% bio-availability with no side effects.
100% of the NANO Creatine you take will be absorbed into your body. That’s to say if you spend $80 for 500g of NANO Creatine, 500g will be absorbed and utilised by your body. More than double the amount when compared to 2kg of the standard variety. NANO Creatine is more efficient, of higher purity and more cost effective when it comes to comparing it with micronized creatine.