Arnold Iron Cre3 Reviews

Arnold Iron Cre3

The creatine supplement Arnold Iron Cre3 is meant to transform weightlifters into human sculptures. That’s why this product bears the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger, champion bodybuilder and 7-time Mr. Olympia.

Using creatine nitrate, a scientifically developed creatine form, Arnold Iron Cre3 is said to enhance muscle pump, strength, power, and recovery. I examined Arnold Iron Cre3 to see if it produces those results.

What Makes Arnold Iron Cre3 Different?

Arnold Iron Cre3 uses a creatine form not found in any other creatine supplement. Known as creatine nitrate, this creatine form adds nitrate ions to creatine molecules. Nitrate ions trigger a chemical reaction that produces nitric oxide, a gas which dilates blood vessels and allows blood to flow faster. [1] That means muscles get creatine and other nutrients faster.

Ads for Arnold Iron Cre3 say creatine nitrate eliminates the need for a creatine loading phase and is powerful even in small doses. Ads also say a university study confirmed these effects, but no study specifics are described.

I’d like to see a published version of this study to examine methods, doses, and other details. But, I’m already convinced creatine enhances athletic performance, thanks to years of confirming research. [2]

What Other Ingredients Are Included?

Along with 1,000 mg creatine nitrate, every Arnold Iron Cre3 serving has an 800 mg HydraFuel blend with 3 components.

Taurine
Taurine is an amino acid used in sports drinks and powder supplements to regulate blood’s water and electrolyte balance. [3] In 2 g doses or higher, taurine has been shown to enhance muscle recovery. [4] But, Arnold Iron Cre3 doesn’t have that much taurine.

Coconut Water Powder
Coconut water naturally holds many electrolytes, causing many to consider it a natural alternative to sugary sports drinks. [5] The powdered form supplies electrolytes and encourages cells to stay properly hydrated.

L-Glutamine
Glutamine is the body’s most abundant amino acid but isn’t considered an essential nutrient because the body produces it on its own. Sports supplements often include glutamine to compensate for drops in glutamine levels which sometimes occur because of intense exercise. [6] According to one study, glutamine may prevent proteins from breaking down during muscle recovery. [7]

When Should You Take It?

Arnold Iron Cre3 is intended to be taken just prior to a weightlifting workout. The label suggests dosing 30 minutes beforehand, but some people might want to take it closer to when they start exercising.

Directions say not to take multiple servings at a time. I recommend following this direction because of the high amounts of vitamin C and E in each serving.

How Much Does Arnold Iron Cre3 Cost?

This supplement sells for between $25 and $45 at online supplement stores like Bodybuilding.com.

The best deal I could find was at eSupplements.com. It’s offered for $24.95 with free shipping.

For comparison purposes, I looked at prices of other creatine supplements with nitric oxide boosting ingredients. For example, Mr. Hyde has a creatine dose equivalent to Arnold Iron Cre3’s plus additional ingredients like beta alanine and caffeine. It sells for around $35. Another product, Myonox, contains creatine and taurine like Arnold Iron Cre3 and many other ingredients. Myonox costs about $60 but might stand in for other supplements because of its long ingredient list.

Is Arnold Iron Cre3 Stronger than Its Competition?

Choosing between Arnold Iron Cre3 and other creatine supplements depends on which ingredients you want in your pre-workout drink. If you’re looking for a stimulant-free creatine supplement without many additional ingredients, Arnold Iron Cre3 is worth trying.

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References

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[2] “Creatine.” Mayo Clinic. 2012 Sep 1. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/creatine/NS_patient-creatine.

[3] Zeratsky, Katherine. “Taurine in energy drinks: What is it?” Mayo Clinic. 2012 Mar 27. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/taurine/AN01856.

[4] Ra, SG, T Miyazaki, et al. “Additional effects of taurine on the benefits of BCAA intake for the delayed-onset muscle soreness and muscle damage induced by high-intensity eccentric exercise.” Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 2013. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23392882.

[5] Zelman, Kathleen M. “The Truth About Coconut Water.” WebMD. 2010. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/truth-about-coconut-water.

[6] “Glutamine.” University of Maryland Medical Center, 2011. Available from: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/glutamine.

[7] Wilkinson, SB, D Armstrong, and SM Phillips. “Addition of glutamine to essential amino acids and carbohydrate does not enhance anabolism in young human males following exercise.” Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 31.5 (2006): 518-29. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17111006.