I was sent out some Matrix Nutrition Creatine Chews from the Supplement Centre. I’ve been taking these chews while training for the last two to three weeks.
I’ve used Creatine in the past and my experience back then was a very similar one to this review. For those of you who don’t know what creatine is, it comes in various flavours and in different forms. I’ve taken pure Creatine Monohydrate before and I just mixed the white powder with water. In the past, I’ve also added it straight into a protein shake. I’ve never taken the chew form before so I was looking forward to trying them.
Creatine increases the body’s ability to produce more energy. So you push out those extra reps, increase muscle mass and therefore produce quicker results. “Why am I not taking this stuff?” I hear you cry! Well it can certainly give you a boost if you are new to training or if you’re after a kickstart coming off a break.
What I will say from my experience with Creatine is that it will seriously dehydrate you. It’s not a massive issue, just make sure you consume around 6-8 glasses of water a day. My other slight issue with taking Creatine is that I think it gives a false indication of where your real training is at. What I mean by that, is that Creatine will initially make your muscles appear bigger but most of it will be water retention. Creatine pulls water into your muscle cells because it’s a osmotically active substance. If your aim is to look bigger, creatine could be the right supplement for you.
Creatine will certainly make you gain weight. I was taking these chews while running, which wasn’t exactly what I wanted when trying to run a personal best! I was hoping the extra energy would out weigh the extra weight gain but it didn’t work out that way unfortunately.
So what’s my experience of the Matrix Nutrition Creatine Chews? They boast a delicious, convenient, source of pure Creatine Monohydrate. I’m not sure about the delicious part. I really struggle with taking a supplement because every one tastes like a supplement. If it’s not a chalky texture, they generally just don’t taste very nice. These chews were ok, they had a hint of orange flavour in them but I wouldn’t label them as delicious. Convenient, yes. Much, much easier to take than having to add the powder to water.
Performance wise, they didn’t really increase my energy but they did make my muscles appear bigger. As I mentioned above, most of it will be water and I do feel physically stronger. Will I continue taking them? No. I’ve just read on the ingredients list that the chews contain Skimmed Milk Protein. I’m dairy-free! I wondered why my skin wasn’t great lately and this explains it.
To sum up this review. I would recommend taking these Creatine Chews if you’re new to training and are after quicker results. If you just enjoy training like me and don’t feel the need to consume these, save your money and buy your partner something nice.
As always, thanks for reading.