For most of our journey as a species, the only way to get creatine from the diet was to eat the muscle tissue of animals, a.k.a. ”meat”. Muscle, you see, contains quite a bit creatine – more than any other tissue in the body, in fact. Great. So eat lots of meat and you will reap all the benefits that have been scientifically documented for creatine supplementation, like increased lean body mass; greater muscle size, strength, and power; and resistance to fatigue, right?
Aye, and there’s the rub. In order to enjoy these benefits, you really do need to eat “lots” of meat –several pounds, quite possibly. Even then, there’s no guarantee of success. After all, no study has ever been done to prove that this “cave man” approach to creatine supplementation will actually work. Chances are, it won’t. Eating that much meat is neither practical nor affordable. It means consuming a lot of calories, many of which can come from fat. All things considered, it would be far easier and more effective to supplement your diet with pure creatine.
So along came creatine monohydrate, a “pure” (or very nearly so) creatine supplement. Goodbye meat, hello massive muscles, right? Sort of. Unfortunately, creatine presents a problem of its own kind: It doesn’t dissolve very well in water. In scientific lingo, it is said to have poor water solubility. That’s why it settles in the bottom of your glass like grains of sand even after several minutes of vigorous stirring. Creatine’s poor water-solubility causes less of it to be absorbed –an estimated 10-20% according to some scientists. Thus, 80-90% of your creatine investment may be wasted. The unabsorbed creatine, moreover, accumulates in your intestine. This can cause water retention (bloating), diarrhea, and cramps. Not fun.
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In an attempt to solve this problem supplement companies began marketing “water-soluble” creatine formulations. Problem fixed, right? Well, not exactly. There’s more to absorption than water solubility, you see. Here’s what I’m talking about. Your stomach and intestines contain fluid, largely water. In order to be absorbed, nutrients such as creatine need to be dissolved in this fluid. Otherwise, the cells lining your intestine won’t be able pick them up and transfer them into the bloodstream.
Every cell is surrounded by a membrane. The cell membrane is made of “fat”, a.k.a. lipid. To enjoy fast and complete absorption a substance needs to strike a good balance between water solubility and lipid solubility. .The latter allows it to pass efficiently across the cells lining your intestine and into the bloodstream.
Which brings us to esterified creatines. The addition of the ethyl ester group to creatine is theorized to make it more lipid soluble, thereby enhancing its ability to pass through the intestinal lining. What about water solubility?
CEM3: Modern Pharmacology At Its Best!
That’s where CEM3 really comes in handy (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Creatine Ethyl-Ester-Malate, or CEM3, consists of an esterified creatine to which Malic Acid has been chemically bonded. CEM3’s ethyl-ester linkage makes it more lipid soluble than regular creatines Taking CEM3 to the forefront of creatine evolution is its patent-pending bond to Malic Acid. Malic acid is an intermediate in the ATP re-synthesizing Krebs cycle. CEM3 thereby supports and enhances muscle ATP levels and overall exercise performance beyond normal esterfied creatines. The Malate bond in CEM3 also makes the creatine more soluble in water. That means better absorption, less wastage, and fewer stomach upsets. (Yeah!)
Making CEM3 even more “cutting-edge” is the proprietary process by which it is made. Unlike other esterified creatines, the production of CEM3 begins with anhydrous creatine (creatine from which water has been removed). Only then is esterification begun. This ensures superior product stability and longevity.
If you truly want your body to evolve, don’t you think it’s time you started using the most evolved creatine the world has to offer? Of course, we’re talking about CEM3…the most technologically advanced form of creatine available, and found only in CellMass from BSN.