Under a microscope, creatine supplements tend to be a creatine molecule paired with some other sort of molecule to stabilize the structure. Creatine nitrate for instance, is a creatine paired with a nitrate.
So, how does creatine nitrate compare to creatine monohydrate?
This is less a comparison of creatine, and more a comparison of “nitrate bound” vs “monohydrate bound”. Thus far, there is very little research demonstrating any superiority over monohydrate by nitrate.
All we’ve got is a study saying “3 grams creatine nitrate is comparable to 3 grams of monohydratee – Bio Med Central JISSN“. Problem here, is that 3 grams is still pretty weak for monohydrate.
But here is what we do know:
Creatine Nitrate dissolves in water roughly ten times more effectively than creatine monohydrate.
This means for you directly, that you’ll need to spend less time mixing creatine nitrate in water to get it to dissolve, compared to monohydrate.
Likewise, you will be less inclined to get a stomach ache from nitrate that can result when creatine monohydrate stays as granules in your stomach where it can cause irritation (conditional side effect).
But before you get too excited…
Creatine Nitrate isn’t the only form that dissolves better than Creatine Monohydrate.
In fact, nearly every form of creatine dissolves faster than monohydrate.
Better dissolving creatine products include:
- Creatine Hydrochloride (Cr-HCL)
- Free-Acid Creatine (unbound)
- Creatine Magnesium Chelate
- Creatine Citrate
And honestly, you don’t see too many of these forms being widely sold. Just like you don’t see creatine nitrate being widely used. With the exception of Creatine Hydrochloride (HCL) which has modest adoption and is by far the best absorbing of them all.
But this doesn’t mean Creatine Nitrate is worthless.
Cellucor put creatine nitrate into their C4 pre workout because it absorbs quickly and doesn’t taste half bad. While it may not be as effective (or proven effective) as creatine monohydrate… It is still going to do something.
When we say “do something” though, we mean at a science-backed significant dosage.
After all, even creatine monohydrate has been found to be worthless if you’re taking too little of it.
With that being said, we have no idea if creatine nitrate is being properly dosed. Its something you’ll have to test out on your own, and add if need be add other sources of creatine until you hit an effective dosage threshold to reap gains.
What this all means: Should you take it?
To summarize everything that we’ve covered… Creatine Nitrate is creatine all the same.
Every single creatine nitrate product we’ve seen thus far has been pretty low-dose… Therefor the actual impact of it being in there is probably not very valid.
With that being said, we do not give ‘points’ to products containing it or not. We’re still going to take our daily 5 grams of creatine monohydrate regardless of whether the pre workout we are trying out contains a gram of this stuff or not.
Corollary note on Nitrate(s):
Beet root supplements like Beet Elite or Super Beets are massively popular for their nitrate content. This nitrate content is a pretty effective method for increasing nitric oxide levels.
So, if you take a product that contains creatine nitrate, and the pump is better than you expected it to be – likely the nitrate from creatine nitrate is lending a helping hand.
Conclusion on Creatine Nitrate Supplements
Straight up, you’re not going to catch us trading in our favorite creatine supplements for creatine nitrate any day soon.
If its in our pre workouts that we test out, cool. No problem! We know that it will add to the pump experience and if dosed correctly provide some strength.
But when it comes to mindfully taking creatine with the purpose of getting mad gains – its creatine monohydrate all day.
Unless of course our stomachs are in shambles or we really want to maintain a cut look, then we reach for creatine hydrochloride as an alternative.