Betancourt Nutrition - Creatine Micronized Unflavored - 1.16 lbs. (525 g)
Betancourt Nutrition Micronized Creatine delays your fatigue, boosts your power output, and maximizes absorption. Betancourt Nutrition Micronized Creatine supports increases in strength, muscle mass and volume by reducing myostatin for triggering muscle growth. Creatine Monohydrate stands today as one of the most researched and effective stand alone supplements in the sports nutrition industry.
Betancourt Nutrition's Creatine Monohydrate is manufactured in their NSF certified cGMP facility in Miami, Florida. This ensures that their facilities comply with all Food and Drug Administration regulations and requirements for the manufacturing of nutritional supplements. Every single raw material used in their products is identity tested before production at a minimum and all finished products are submitted to rigorous quality control and assurance processes and procedures prior to being released to inventory. Guaranteeing the quality and safety of every bottle of Betancourt Nutrition product continues to be at the core of their business and their vision.
BENEFITS OF CREATINE SUPPLEMENTATION
- Increase muscle mass by stimulating satellite cells (satellite cells are 'blank' cells that aid in tissue regeneration).
- Increase strength by elevating creatine phosphate levels. The elevation of creatine phosphate leads to an increase in the formation of ATP. ATP is the form of energy that your body can use. It is also formed by carbohydrates and fat, however it is most quickly produced using creatine phosphate.
- Reduce fatigue and promote exercise recovery by reducing muscle glycogen depletion. The higher the availability of creatine in the body, less muscle glycogen is necessary during intense strength training exercises.
- Increase muscle volume: increased intramuscular creatine stores draw water to properly hydrate muscle and improve muscle volume.
- Reduce Myostatin (limiting factor to muscle growth) for improvements in muscle mass.
Creatine: The Latest Info on Creatine
Creatine supplementation provides an extensive list of well known benefits which include improving explosive bouts of exercise, decreasing myostatin levels and increasing muscle mass without side effects when taken properly.
However, there is a lot to creatine that you may not be aware of. If you've heard of myostatin, then you know that it is a protein in the body discovered in 1997 that is responsible for regulating muscle growth by inhibiting it. Based on genetics, there are myostatin levels that vary from person to person that can cause one to be a world class bodybuilder and another a hard gainer.
Everyone knew that creatine helped to increase strength, but was the increase in strength what lead to the gains in muscle? Or was it something else? Researchers from Tarbiat Modares University discovered that when combined with resistance training, creatine actually helped to inhibit serum levels of myostatin! This research comes as somewhat of a surprise, but the reason it was quickly accepted by many is that myostatin also worked by inhibiting satellite cell formation. And back in 2000, researchers from the University of Wisconsin Medical School discovered that creatine does the exact opposite of that. Satellite cells are mygenic cells responsible for postnatal growth and regeneration of skeletal muscle. Stimulating these cells through training and supplementation is of the utmost importance for lifters looking to build muscle.
Another important capability of creatine is its effect on recovery from high intensity exercise. You've heard of bodybuilders neglecting the use of creatine in the past because they weren't lifting for strength or power. They felt creatine was only effective for increasing strength (which as you've read so far, in only part of what creatine does) and it had no place in their 8-12 rep, high intensity bodybuilding program. It has long been tradition in many bodybuilding programs to use short rest periods, and because creatine takes upwards of 2 minutes to regenerate, some ill informed bodybuilders have not seen it as a necessary supplement in their regimen.
Well research begs to differ; high intensity anaerobic exercise is notorious for depleting muscle glycogen because carbohydrates are the main source of fuel for high intensity activities. Bodybuilders consume carbohydrates post exercise along with their protein to refill their muscles depleted stores of carbohydrates so they can return to the gym and lift with the same intensity. Bodybuilders may notice however that when they do heavy multi-joint lifts (like the squat, or the deadlift), or they lift at a slower pace, it takes them longer to recover. This is a result of the eccentric (lowering portion) phase of the lift which causes more muscle damage and inflammation; many experienced lifters know this already, wheat they may no know is that eccentric exercise also impairs glycogen replenishment.
Yet low and behold researchers from the Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Laboratory of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium discovered that supplementing with creatine helps preserve muscle glycogen by increasing creatine utilization during exercise (the researchers used 5 g of creatine a day with no loading phase). In case you were wondering if creatine cycling was a real issue, the researchers found out the hard way as the increase in muscle glycogen they noted vanished after 5 weeks despite continued creatine supplementation. So cycling on and off creatine during your training cycles is still a good idea.
Visit any highly-populated cosmopolitan city in the world. Walk down the busiest streets. You name the city, chances are you won't see many bodies flexing large, polished muscles. Exceptionally-built physiques are rare --perhaps 1 in 100,000.
Normal Begets Normal
The rarity of muscular bodies is easy to explain: It's not easy building muscle. To make your muscles bigger you must push them far beyond the normal physiological call of duty. Resistance exercise, the mainstay of bodybuilding training, seems to do the trick. After pushing your muscles "beyond normal" in the gym, however, you need to support them nutritionally to the same degree. It's here that dietary supplements can make your life much easier and more enjoyable.
Why Betancourt Nutrition?
Long overdue is an intelligently rebellious company capable of saving the bodybuilding community from atrophy, not only of muscle but of mind. The goal of Betancourt Nutrition is to provide the hardcore bodybuilding nonconformist with an alternative to the homogenized sameness of the suburban supplement scenery by developing "addictively sweet" and "immediately anabolic" formulas capable of reliably re-charging the senses.
Training, recovering, building, improving Betancourt Nutrition has broken out of the soulless, tasteless mold of contemporary supplement formulas and made the achievement of these goals intensely real and flavorful. Setting Betancourt Nutrition further apart from the "herd" is the fact that it has its own manufacturing laboratory where its team of expert nutritional architects formulates, tests and certifies every supplement with the attention to detail, passion and dogged perseverance of makers of fine wine.
Betancourt Nutrition was founded by Jorge Betancourt in 2002 in Miami. Jorge is a husband, father and former National Physique Committee (NPC) bodybuilding champion athlete and media spokesperson with over 20 years of experience and a reputation for credibility.
About Jorge Betancourt
In the 1990s a young athletic prodigy from Miami by the name of Jorge "Chic" Betancourt emerged on the competitive bodybuilding scene. His long, full muscles, remarkable symmetry and sharp definition had never before been seen in someone so young.
Upon winning the Teenage USAs in 1989 and the Teenage Nationals in 1990, Jorge quickly became as popular a media figure as top professional bodybuilders vying for the Mr. Olympia title. He received hundreds of letters from fans around the world every week and made repeat appearances on ESPN's bodybuilding programs in addition to starring in the best-selling video Teen Wonderboy. In 1991, Jorge became the first and only teenager to win the Southern States, a prestigious regional bodybuilding competition. At 5'5" and 165 pounds, he handily defeated men as much as fifteen years older and seventy pounds heavier, proving that quality can supersede quantity. There was talk of him becoming one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.
Then, just as suddenly as Jorge had appeared on the scene, he vanished from it. Though most young men in his position would have blindly pursued more titles and trophies, Jorge shrewdly decided to make his mark on the business side of the bodybuilding industry. He built a successful personal training facility in exclusive Coral Gables where he employed a fully certified staff of personal trainers catering to south Florida's elite. In 2001 he decided that that he wanted to make a positive impact on the bodybuilding community by getting into the business of formulating dietary supplements for this unique breed of athlete.
Jorge relates: "I knew that with the knowledge and experience I had accumulated over the years, I could formulate an entirely unique line of supplements that would simplify and excite the serious bodybuilding athlete's life and provide him or her with results that can be seen and felt immediately. I'm known for having values that are consistent with my actions. I had no doubt that with the right people and technologies behind me I could build supplements with a reputation for the same."