EAS Phosphagen HP Review
This product has been the staple of my creatine supplementation for years.
It's a pretty simple formulation containing creatine monohydrate and dextrose. This type of creatine product is considered second generation since it uses a transport system.
That is, it's main purpose is to cram as much creatine into the muscle as possible (using a simple carb like dextrose). It uses the simple carb with a high glycemic index to get more creatine into your muscle.
By supplementing your creatine with carbs, you're basically turning up the energy making process in your body. The more creatine you have in your muscles, the more power you have.
The more glycogen you have stored up in the muscle, the more energy you'll have for weight training or other physical activities. The creatine/carb combo is a fantastic energy booster for all types of activities, including building muscle.
In a recent study, researchers divided up 24 men into two groups, experimental and control. The men in the control group took 5 grams of creatine in a sugar free orange juice four times a day for five days. The men in the experimental group took the same amount of creatine but also followed up with 17 ounces of a carbohydrate solution 30 minutes afterwards.
Muscle biopsy's were than taken after the five day test period. In both groups, there were elevated creatine levels, however, the group that ingested the carbohydrate solution had a much higher level. Creatine levels were 60% higher in this group! This group also had higher concentrations of insulin in the muscles as well. And what does insulin have to do with this?
Basically, this is how it works. The body rapidly absorbs simple carbohydrates such as dextrose for use as immediate fuel. That is, the body will absorb carbs with a high glycemic rating the quickest. If you don't know what the glycemic index is, it basically describes how fast a food is converted to glucose in the blood. Foods listed on the index are rated from 0 to 100 - Glucose being 100.
So, the higher the food is listed on the index, the faster it converts to glucose. Now, when a simple carb like dextrose is ingested, it is absorbed into the blood stream immediately. This in turn, signals the body to release insulin which basically acts as a transport system, forcing as much fuel, or sugars into the muscle cells. Creatine basically piggy backs on the dextrose and catches a ride into the muscle cells.
When creatine is taken alone, without any carbs, it misses out on this process. Therefore, creatine absorption is greatly increased when it is taken with a simple carb like dextrose and it works like a charm. The result, your muscle have more energy for immediate use (stronger muscle).
I give EAS's Phosphagen a rating of: 7 out of 10
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