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Blackflag420
04-15-2014, 08:31 AM
I just started using a new creatine/pre workout called VolcaNO from Force Factor and it recommends taking both in the morning and before lifting. I typically drink a protein shake at those same times, should I just take them together or space them out at all in order for the two to work the best.

BeeQue
04-15-2014, 08:34 AM
Nutrient timing doesn't matter, you can take creatine whenever you want pre or postworkout although some would argue the former and latter, You can take your creatine with your protein shake or pre-workout

OregonLife
04-15-2014, 08:35 AM
I know there is information circulating that creatine isnt properly absorbed with a shake but I just toss it in. Sincerely doubt that there is any truth behind that line of thought.

melaneybh
04-15-2014, 08:44 AM
I know there is information circulating that creatine isnt properly absorbed with a shake but I just toss it in. Sincerely doubt that there is any truth behind that line of thought.

I have missed this information circulating. I mix creatine with my protein shake all the time. Its perfectly fine to do so.

Misctake7
04-15-2014, 09:10 AM
I take my creatine tablets post workout. But creatine can be taken anytime. I've also not seen any of that talk about creatine in a shake being a problem.

snorkelman
04-15-2014, 09:20 AM
He is referring to an old myth, that has repeatedly been debunked.



Myth: "Don't take your creatine with protein because protein contains glutamine and glutamine competes with creatine for the same transporter!"

The Real Deal: There's not an ounce of truth to this. Creatine and glutamine have completely different receptors. Creatine transport into skeletal muscle is regulated by the Creatine Transporter while glutamine transport into skeletalmuscle is regulated by a system known as "System Nm." The only thing these transporters have in common is that they are both sodium-dependent transporters, meaning that they use differences in sodium concentrations across the cell membrane to drive creatine into cells. Apparently somewhere along the line, somebody believed that since glutamine and creatine transporters both shared that characteristic, they must be the same transporter and the myth spread from there. Let the confusion end here: they do not share the same transporter, and taking protein/glutamine with creatine won't decrease creatine uptake into muscle.

The Solution
04-15-2014, 09:35 AM
Nutrient timing doesn't matter, you can take creatine whenever you want pre or postworkout although some would argue the former and latter, You can take your creatine with your protein shake or pre-workout
Bingo
Protein = Used to help supplement protein intake you do not get from whole foods (Which should make up the majority of your intake)

llahhsoj
04-15-2014, 10:18 AM
I know there is information circulating that creatine isnt properly absorbed with a shake but I just toss it in. Sincerely doubt that there is any truth behind that line of thought.

Creatine is fine in a shake. Three of our protein options in NitroTech, Anabolic Halo and MassTech have it in it.