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Old 11-04-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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Dissolving creatine

After years of avoiding it (for rather unfounded fears, probably), I've decided to give creatine a try. I'm not doing a loading phase, but trying 5g/day (is this all right for a 110lb female, or is that too much?). I tried my first scoop today, but the powder didn't dissolve very well when I stirred it into my water. How important is it for the powder to dissolve fully? Should I mix it with a blender bottle or an actual blender?

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Old 11-04-2012, 08:26 PM   #2
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Re: Dissolving creatine

Why water? Do you use a protein supplement? If so, mix it with that and it will go almost perfectly into solution. If not, mix it with juice.
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Re: Dissolving creatine

Thanks for the reply, Chris; I was hoping you'd see the post. I'm using water because I'm taking it first thing in the morning before I eat breakfast-- it's easier that way because sometimes I can't predict when I'm going to the gym, whether I'll go straight from my office or whether I'll stop at home, and I don't want to carry creatine with me all the time. I don't tend to buy or drink juice. Is there a reason it wouldn't dissolve well with water? Also, is a dosage around 3g more appropriate for a smaller woman?
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Re: Dissolving creatine

Yeah i've found it doesn't really dissolve. I've tried water, gatorade, and vitamin water and it's all the same. It's kind of like sand. I used to try to just stir it before each sip so that it would be floating around while I drank it. Then it would sink to the bottom and I'd stir it again...

Eventually I got tired of that and just starting spooning the powder straight into my mouth and washing it down with water or gatorade. I prefer this method because I don't leave anything at the bottom of the glass.

Or you could do like Chris said and mix it into a shake. That's probably the most pleasant option.

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Re: Dissolving creatine

I've been taking it for a couple months now, with water too. I tried mixing it into my protein shake, but I could feel the careatine crystals when I drank it, and I didn't like that. So, I continue to drink it with 10oz of water. It doesn't dissolve well, but if you just down it quickly, then follow with about 10 more oz of water in the same bottle (to get out the leftover crystals in there), it's not so bad. I suppose really hot water would make it all dissolve, but why bother with the hassle?
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Re: Dissolving creatine

Someone should make liquid creatine. Do they have that?
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Re: Dissolving creatine

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Someone should make liquid creatine. Do they have that?
I think some people make it in pills?

Does the fact that the creatine isn't dissolved affect absorption?
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Re: Dissolving creatine

Your stomach acid can dissolve bone and even metal, drinking undissolved careatine should be no problem.
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Thanks for the reply, Chris; I was hoping you'd see the post. I'm using water because I'm taking it first thing in the morning before I eat breakfast-- it's easier that way because sometimes I can't predict when I'm going to the gym, whether I'll go straight from my office or whether I'll stop at home, and I don't want to carry creatine with me all the time. I don't tend to buy or drink juice. Is there a reason it wouldn't dissolve well with water? Also, is a dosage around 3g more appropriate for a smaller woman?
Yes, because creatine monohydrate is not highly soluble in water (especially cool water).

If you cannot mix it with a protein shake or juice, then simply mix it as best as possible in water and drink what you can, then use a bit more water and drink the balance of it.

No, 5g is the appropriate dose.
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Re: Dissolving creatine

Can I make a point? Creatine is not a steak or candy. You should not be taking it for the taste or consistency. You should take it for the results. Creatine monohydrate is highly effective for the vast majority of users.

On a related note, if you want something which mixes very easily and tastes good then try my product RESULTS.
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