There are many forms of creatine to choose from, each with their own set of perks and drawbacks. We so far know at least eleven forms. What if you combined half of them in one creatine super mix? It sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?
Well, you’re not alone. BPI Sports seems to think a cumulative team effort is better than a potent standalone creatine build and they did this through their self-proclaimed BEST CREATINE.
BEST CREATINE made use of six forms of creatine so there is quantity but is there quality? Let’s go check it out!
About BPI Sports Best Creatine
We delight in the fact that Best Creatine has the six popular forms of creatine we often see separately on other blends. They claimed those six as the top forms so looks like the word BEST in the name is not just cheesy marketing. Formula notes:
- Creatine complex: Not one, not two, not three, but six forms of creatine made it in this blend. Can we expect six times potency?
- Weird claim: What the heck does BPI Sports mean when they made the claim “May Experience Nutrition/Weight Loss Programs”?
- Himalayan Pink Salt: We know electrolytes are important for Creatine absorption but why THIS particular salt?
BPI Sports Best Creatine Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 1 Rounded Teaspoon (6 g)
Servings Per Container: 50
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Total Carbohydrate||1 g|
|Potassium (as Potassium Chloride)||99 mg|
|BEST CREATINE ™ BLEND (Proprietary)||4 g|
|Creatine MagnaPower™ (as Magnesium Creatine Chelate)|
|pH Buffered Creatine Alkaline™|
|Himalayan Pink Salt||50 mg|
Maltodextrin, Silica, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Citric Acid, Sucralose, Malic Acid, Acesulfame K, and FD&C Red No. 40.
|Directions for use: Take one (1) serving (1 scoop) blended into 8oz of ice cold water, either before, during, or after workout, or as directed by a qualified healthcare practitioner. On non-training days, take one (1) serving (1 scoop) first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, or as directed by a qualified healthcare practitioner.|
Six forms of creatine is not really six times better than one.
BPI Sports BEST CREATINE is on its best intentions when it incorporated six really well-known forms of creatine but we don’t really see this form to be as good as it sounds. Let’s break down the ingredients in this formula:
- Creatine Complex. The six types of creatines come in monohydrate, anhydrous, MagnaPower®, Phosphate, AKG, and pH Buffered AlkalineTM form. Let’s dissect these forms a little bit.
- Creatine monohydrate (CM) is like the staple form of creatine in most blends. It’s got all the studies you need to back up the hype. Most studies agree no other form comes close when it comes to what it can do.
- Creatine anhydrous (CA) is also known as Creatine HCl. CA is literally creatine minus an H2O molecule removed which allows for a more concentrated creatine form per gram. It sounds good but all it really does is make the powder easier to stir and swallow.
- Creatine MagnaPower (CMP) is a patented form of creatine bound to magnesium. It’s supposed to protect creatine from being converted to creatinine. Studies show it is just as effective as CM.
- Creatine Phosphate (CP) is also known as phosphocreatine, this form is normally found in skeletal muscle. Limited research suggests its effectiveness is similar to that of CM.
- Creatine AKG (CAKG) is thought to be a form created for better absorption but it’s not experimentally proven.
- pH Buffered Creatine AlkalineTM (CAlk) is a form buffered to reach a higher pH which protects creatine from being converted to creatinine, just like CMP.
- Betaine. This ingredient is known to boost metabolism, spike N.O., and enhance performance. In this blend, however, it functions as creatine support by synthesizing creatine in skeletal muscle.
- Himalayan Pink Salt. Okay, so it’s a source of electrolytes namely Sodium and Potassium so it’s good but we think simpler salts could’ve done a similar effect anyway minus the extra cash. We guess BPI Sports included this to add some “wow” factor in their blend.
BPI Sports approach to a creatine complex is creative but not really much better than single-Creatine blends in the context of performance and gains.
For one, the use of all six means you only get a small portion of each form’s perks and who can say small portions works just as well than if they were given more dosage? We’re also talking about fitting all six forms under four grams and it’s in a prop blend so we don’t know which form dominates the other.
Studies also use mostly single-creatine forms and as far as we’re concerned, we don’t know if there was ever a study highlighting the use of multiple forms at once and its results. So yeah, you can have the usual creatine benefits but we’re not so sure if the other perks are also included in the mix.
Betaine is a great addition to any supplement and more so in a creatine blend. Most studies make use of betaine in doses above two grams for its performance benefits but we think 500 mg is good enough for it to help the body make its own creatine.
We’re not sure what to think of Himalayan Pink Salt. Some say it has good amounts of trace minerals which are supposedly healthy for you, at least more than regular table salt. The thing is, what do you actually need salt for in a creatine blend? Surely you’re not after the trace minerals but the electrolytes, right?
We think adding Himalayan Pink Salt is just a marketing gimmick, maybe one of the marketing guys read some natural-freak’s blog on Himalayan Salt and decided to use the name as a way to attract the Paleo guys or some other natural-health freak.
BPI Best Creatine Benefits
We’re sure it can do what creatine is purported to do when it comes to performance and recovery benefits. We’re just not as confident when it comes to the minor perks of each form.
Who Takes It?
It’s more likely marketed to those who are already in the maintenance phase of creatine intake specially since the directions indicate a one serving per day recommendation.
Any Side Effects?
Bloating is probably an issue specially since you got six forms competing for water.
BPI Sports Best Creatine Summary
- Quality Creatine. All six are well-known for function.
- Stackable. Add energy and pumps and you have a functioning preworkout.
- Creatine Support. Helps build on your body’s natural creatine production.
- Good taste. Users say the flavor’s good.
- Six ain’t better than one. Not sure if there’s much of a difference.
- Other ingredients. Gotta use additives to make it look and taste great.
- Himalayan Salt. First and hopefully last time we see this in a supplement.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (50 servings): $24.98
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on BPI Sports Best Creatine
BPI Sports Best Creatine is pretty innovative. Combining six popular forms of creatine is a good idea but we just don’t have enough evidence to justify six forms in one functions better than a single-creatine formula. It also makes the formula a tad more expensive per gram and each penny matters when it comes to supplements we literally have to take on a daily basis.