Creatine is probably the most widely used nutritional supplement in the world after protein powders. Since itsí first inception onto the scene back in the 1990s, creatine has been scrutinized, studied and even condemned as useless as a sports supplement. Because of the massive amount of attention that creatine supplements have garnered, it has also become a supplement that has undergone a lot of incarnations, each one claiming to be superior to the last. One of the most widely used variations of creatine is creatine ethyl ester, or CEE as it is commonly known.Creatine ethyl ester
is creatine monohydrate with an ester attached to the molecule. Without getting too much into the science of it, an ester is a chemical compound usually derived from inorganic or organic acid, and they are formed by condensing alcohol with the acid.
A major complaint of creatine monohydrate is that it often causes bloating or stomach discomfort and/or diarrhea. This happens because of poor absorption of the creatine molecules through the digestive tract. Creatine monohydrate is supposed to pull water to itself, and if itís not digested properly and sits in the gut drawing water, this is what leads to the stomach problems.
The addition of the ethyl ester to the creatine molecule is supposed to improve the digestion ability of creatine, making the molecules more lipid (fat) soluble and increasing the absorption rate. This leads to a greater muscular uptake of creatine, eliminating problems such as cramping and bloating, and also reducing the amount of creatine needed to produce noticeable results.
While this all seems to be very promising, the downside is that CEE has not been conclusively proven to be superior to creatine monohydrate. For those individuals who do have a hard time with creatine monohydrate, CEE is definitely worth looking into. With promises of the same great results, if not better, than creatine monohydrate, creatine ethyl ester
may soon become king of the creatines.