How to More Than DOUBLE Your Creatine’s Effectiveness
Sports scientists have postulated in recent years that using a supplement called ribose may well complement and synergistically enhance the muscular energetic effects of creatine.
You see, creatine in muscle is an essential component to the production of ATP (or adenosine triphosphate)—the body’s only source of energy. More available energy may allow for increased sprinting speed, greater strength, and more intense workouts. Creatine produces a noticeable effect in muscle size and strength by enhancing energy reserves in the muscle cells.
Ribose, on the other hand, is another element that is essential to the production of energy. Ribose is a sugar that is naturally produced by the body and has an important role as a structural component of ATP.
Studies show ATP is exhaustively depleted during intense exercise—by up to 30 percent after a single workout—and without ribose, your body cannot resynthesize ATP.
Scientists have postulated that taking ribose along with creatine may create a synergistic effect to synthesize components of the body’s “energy machine.” Creatine is used in the muscle to help synthesize ATP, and ribose is required to synthesize the adenosine molecule that is the “A” part of ATP. What this basically means is that ribose is used to build the engine, and creatine is used to fuel it.
One interesting study conducted by researchers at Creighton University has confirmed this synergistic relationship between creatine and ribose. The researchers showed that exercisers who used supplements in this potent combination dramatically increased short-term, high-intensity exercise performance by levels significantly greater than in exercisers who took creatine only.
Based on this research, an effective combo for increasing muscular energy and exercise performance might be to stack creatine and ribose pre-workout. You can find a good ribose powder at most health-food and nutrition retailers.
On the next page we discuss an overpowering catabolic hormone — it actually prevents rapid growth from happening after you train. It makes the gains from intense workouts few and far between. In fact, every time you encounter stress — be it from training, a lack of sleep, day-to-day worries, or simply driving in traffic — your body’s “fight-or-flight” responses kick in, pumping out cortisol, which smothers muscle growth. It’s like throwing a wet blanket on a raging campfire. No wonder you have such a hard time gaining muscle — your workout stimulates, then cortisol annihilates.