You know what people say about taking everything in moderation? That’s a pretty solid advice on just about anything when you think about it. If you don’t eat a lot, you won’t get fat. If you control your gym time, you won’t burn yourself out.
The same thing can be said about creatine. One creatine is standard, two or three blends is pretty cool. Five? Hmmm…why not? Then XPI comes out with a genius idea: Ten creatine forms in one blend. Yep, ten. One and zero side by side.
We don’t feel good about mixing up things but this can always work, right? Only one way to find out!
About XPI DECACOR
XPI takes pride in its DECACOR one unique take on creatine supplements and it’s to mix and mash all known forms in one blend. Granted each form has a benefit, we’re almost sure it won’t have the kind of benefits XPI thinks it’ll give. Formula notes:
- One big blend: It’s technically just one ingredient divided into ten different forms.
- Clean powder: No artificial colorants or flavors.
- Premium forms: Some branded, others are generic but high quality.
XPI DECACOR Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 1 Scoop (5 g)|
Servings Per Container: 50
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Deca Creatine Complex Blend||5 g|
|CreaPure® Creatine Monohydrate||*|
|Creatine Ethyl Ester||*|
|Directions for use:|
Loading Phase: Loading Phase: For the first 5 days, take 2 scoops with 12oz of water or juice immediately upon waking in the morning and 2 scoops in the afternoon, preferably after your workout.
Maintenance Phase: Take 1 scoop of Decacor immediately after exercise with 8oz. of water or juice. On non-workout days, take 1 scoop immediately upon waking in the morning.
No, more is not always better.
XPI DECACOR should take a hint at what made creatine arguably the most successful workout supplement in the world: Simplicity. No fancy blends, no extra ingredients, no innovative perks, Creatine has made it so far without anything else accompanying it and we think DECACOR’s 10-in-1 creatine complex is just complicated. Let’s break down the ingredients in this formula:
- Creatine Monohydrate as Creapure®. Monohydrate is the standard to beat when it comes to creatine effectiveness and so far, numerous studies and users alike agree it’s still the best form out there.
- Creatine HCl. This form is marketed as being more soluble which makes it easier to mix.
- Creatine MagnaPower®. It’s as effective as monohydrate but is purported to also function as a protective agent and prevents the body from converting some of your creatine to creatinine.
- Creatine Alpha-Ketoglutarate. This form is supposed to be able to increase creatine-muscle uptake since AAKG is able to assume the role of a “bridge” that facilitates creatine transport. There are some studies saying it works and studies saying it doesn’t or it’s still unclear. What we are sure of is the dosage used here is less than minimal for whatever it was supposed to do.
- Tri-Creatine Malate and Di-Creatine Malate. Creatine bound to malic acid. Supposed to improve absorption and solubility. The difference is in the number of monohydrates and Tri is the better of the two.
- Creatine Anhydrous. A form with one water molecule removed to allow higher creatine concentrations (more per gram) but the effects are more or less similar to monohydrate.
- Creatine Citrate and Pyruvate. Forms bound to citric acid and pyruvic acid respectively, these forms were both involved in one study with a positive conclusion specially when it comes to endurance.
- Creatine Ethyl Ester (CEE). This form is actually bad. It’s more prone to creatinine conversion and might lead your doctors to think your liver’s dying. It’s also not even as good as monohydrate.
XPI DECACOR sort of dug its own grave when it thought mixing in ten popular forms of creatine without doing its homework would make it a superior supplement. Funny how they claim to be the “World’s Most Powerful Creatine Complex” on their website when they are anything but.
Individually or by small groups, these forms could potentially become potent blends but as a small fraction of a whole, you’re better off buying creatine monohydrate. They were also unable to remove the loading phase altogether which some of the forms they used promote and that’s like sawing off one good chunk of your leg to make your pants fit, you know?
A bigger mess: Take a look at their addition of CEE. Most users know better than to use CEE but XPI, with all their research funding, didn’t.
XPI DECACOR Benefits
What it will do for you is what a standard creatine monohydrate does, more or less. Endurance, performance, and recovery but we’re betting it won’t be as potent than if it used just two or three ingredients.
Who Takes It?
Definitely for new users who have yet to realize more is not always better when it comes to supplements. Us old guys avoid stuff like this all the time.
Any Side Effects?
The bloating should be there since the reduced bloating perks some of these forms have would be minimal at most due to low dosage. Also, if you’re not careful, you might experience a false positive in your creatinine due to CEE’s conversion.
XPI DECACOR Summary Stack
- Premium forms. It did use some really great creatines.
- No fillers. Yup, that’s one thing we all want.
- Complicated. Creatine complex has us scratching our heads.
- Lack of research. Like some new guy brainstormed this to life.
- CEE. Seriously guys, you’re not even trying.
- Inefficient. The ten creatines can’t function better than just one.
- Taste. No flavors but taste is compromised.
- Pricey. Because you’re better off with a cheaper monohydrate.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 bottle (50 servings). $34.95
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on XPI DECACOR
We’re not sure what to do with DECACOR. The idea was there but they should’ve known it would be theoretically poor in execution (or function) specially when it came to using CEE. Personally, that little fumble speaks a lot about a company and it doesn’t sound good. Hopefully, someone will reformulate DECACOR to be a much more formidable supplement in the future.