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on 4 July 2014
PhD Nutrition Micronised Creatine 550g
Purchased date: 26/06/13 (£18.49)

I decided to buy this product because I wanted to try an expensive brand for a change because I had only been taking cheap Creatine Monohydrate on and off over the past 10-15 years. Although you can get several different types, I went for the Creatine Monohydrate Micronised version which basically means the particles are smaller, they absorb better and they reduce the likelihood of bloating .

What is Creatine? (Skip this section if you already have knowledge of it):
For anyone who hasn't heard of Creatine before, it's a naturally occurring amino acid that helps supply energy to muscle cells. Although you can buy a lot of different sports 'supplements', Creatine is actually one of the widely researched and possibly effective supplements know when used in conjunction with an effective training and nutritional plan.

How much to take and when?
Although it suggests to take 5g (1 Tea spoon) 4 times a day for the first 7 days (loading phase) with 250ml of water or juice, I found that taking that much 'sugar' will spike your blood sugar and cause your body to store some of it as fat, therefore I took 125ml Juice with 125ml of water instead (It mixes really well and there is only a small amount of un-dissolved Creatine on the bottom. Research has shown that if you take it with sugar (ideally grapefruit juice) it increases the absorption of Creatine by 60%.

After the loading period is over you are meant to move on to the 'Maintenance Phase' which means taking it only once at day (preferably post workout). After 8 weeks of use you are meant to come off it completely and start all over again because research has shown that doing this won't affect your performance (it will also save you money and give your liver and kidneys a chance to recover). You are not meant to exceed this dosage.

Benefits:
After the loading phase was over I could lift about 10-20% more (depending on which exercise I did, for example my squat gains were 20% more but the bench press was only 10%). Not only could I lift more but I could do 1-2 more reps per exercise. All my muscles looked noticeably bigger (my arms & chest muscles squeezed nicely against my T-Shirt to make it look tighter) and I felt a lot stronger inside even when I wasn't in the gym. It is an awesome feeling.

Side affects:
Although I have had a couple of side effects with cheaper brands (calf muscle cramps & digestive issues) I did not have any with this product. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water when you are on it and cycling off it (I weigh 13st 0lb and I take 5 litres a day).

PhD Creatine vs Cheaper Brands:
The loading and maintenance phases of cheaper brands require you to take it more often and the cycling period is every 3 weeks (you end up using more Creatine and it's a lot of hassle). I had no side affects with product, felt stronger, had more of a pump and could lift more. I will not be going back to the cheap products again and I will definitely be ordering another one of these when I finish the tub. I haven't tried the ones that are more expensive than this brand so I can't compare it to them.

Verdict: Highly Recommended.

I would recommend discussing taking this with your Doctor BEFORE buying it, especially if you are unwell or are taking any medication.

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on 3 August 2014
Again, another supplement that was needed for an intense fitness program. I've used the top brands in the past at far more cost and find no difference whatsoever. Top body builders and fitness coaches use and recommend it, and so would I.
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on 19 November 2010
Mixes quickly - no grainy bits left at the bottom of the glass.
Tastes a little bit bitter (nothing unbearable) but if you add it to your protein shake you won't taste it at all.
PhD makes top notch products.
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on 24 January 2013
I've been weight training for just over two years. I've tried alot of different creatine products this is by far the best powder one I have tried! Its great mix-ability either with water or you're shakes with minimal effect to taste, barely noticeable. Produced excellent, noticeable results in the gym 5***
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on 2 February 2015
Definitely works. Gained 10kg since first use. However, like most sports supplements, it will not dissolve in any liquid.
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on 17 December 2014
Even though i took it i didn't see any results...only because in order to get results from this supplement you need to make sure you have sufficient daily macro nutrient intake. If your protein and carb intake is too low you wont see much results and it would prove to be waste of your money. So make sure you diet is intact.
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on 18 January 2016
Great gear man, would recommend along with protein shakes and a good diet for the gym. Might not dissolve as much as you'd want but it does the job.
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on 6 March 2015
Great results, trusted company, good price. First time using creatine but I'm a month in with no bloating and so far good results.
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on 29 March 2015
Other creatine makes my tummy hurt. This stuff seems to be a bit better. Dissolves relatively easily if you use enough fluid.
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on 6 February 2015
noticed the difference straight away in the gym less rest between reps ans lifting more didnt need to pre load
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