Creatine Serum Vs. Powder: Creatine's Great Debate
When it comes to which form of creatine is best -- serum or powder -- the answer isn't as clear as some may think. Many websites that sell creatine serum claim that it works instantly and has no side effects. Obviously, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This doesn't mean that creatine serum isn't an effective supplement for many people looking to gain size, strength and energy. The real truth is that it's a case by case situation as to which form of creatine will work best for you. There are, however, a few general pros and cons concerning creatine serum.
PRO: Many people enjoy the relative ease of taking liquid creatine. Rather than consuming upwards of five glasses of creatine powder mixed with water every day, a creatine serum user need only consume the required dose of semi-liquid serum. It may seem like a small thing, but after weeks or months of using creatine, saving yourself from drinking all those glasses may be worth it.
CON: Despite some claims otherwise, creatine serum is not 100% stable. Lab tests have shown that the serum eventually breaks down into a different substance called creatinine, which is useless for muscles. Also, creatine liquid does not work instantaneously. It's debatable how much faster (if any) creatine serum begins to work compared to creatine powder, but it is impossible for any substance to begin working as soon as it's ingested.
PRO: However, creatine serum may seem to absorb faster for some individuals. It is impossible for either creatine powder or serum to work instantly, but some people find that for themselves, creatine in its serum form appears to activate sooner than powder. It's all a matter of finding out what works best for you. Creatine in any form has proven to be a safe way to gain energy for your workouts in an effort to build muscle. It seems unlikely any form of creatine will prove to be head-and-shoulders above the rest. That leaves it up to the individual to decide what works best.
CON: When creatine powder was first introduced, it was fairly expensive. These days, you can get an average sized bottle (around 500g) for somewhere between $20-$30. Creatine serum, though certainly not "expensive," tends to cost a little bit more than it's powdered equivalent in equal doses. If the main difference between the two is ease of use, many consumers might not find that reason enough to spend the extra cash.
Liquid creatine serum works to do the same job as powder but since it is a liquid it is absorbed into the body much more effectively. It doesn't have to go through the digestive phase which means you don't have to worry about changing your diet around to get the most out of the supplement. A problem many people experience with the powder version of creatine is bloating, but with creatine monohydrate liquid you don't have to worry. When a person takes a powder creatine serving before a workout it will help build muscle, but you have to worry about how it will affect your body during your routine. Most avid weightlifters who take powder creatine don't eat anything the hours before their workout so they can achieve the most benefits from the supplement, but with liquid creatine your body absorbs it faster and will be less likely to affect your body before and after a workout.