Originally Posted by BreedLove
what's the difference between creatine monohydrate and ethyl ester?
The theory behind the ethel ester goes a little something like this....
Regular creatine mono does not readily penetrate the membranes, most of it just sits in your gut. And since creatine by nature draws water with it wherever it goes, you tend to become very bloated, and gassy. When creatine sits in the harsh PH environment in the gut, its turned into the useless and potentially toxic substance, creatinine.
Creatine ethyl esters have a chemical attachment of an ester to the creatine molecule allowing it to quickly and efficiently pass right through the lipid membranes of the gut and directly into the bloodstream for direct transport to your muscle cells. Before creatine can go from the bloodstream to the muscle cells, it must once again face the same type of lipid membranes that it encountered in the gut. This is why you absorb so little regular creatine.
only a tiny percentage of the regular old creatine you ingest makes it from your gut to your blood, and of that tiny portion, only a small percentage makes it from your blood to your muscle cells.
Because of the ability of creatine ethyl esters to pass through these lipid membranes so easily, your muscles quickly become full of strength enhancing, endurance increasing, cell-volumizing, anabolic creatine without the bloating.