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A pre-exercise, evidence-based formulation of creatine, β-Alanine, L-Citrulline Malate, L-Leucine and L-Arginine AKG
CREA ACT® is an advanced pre-exercise supplement containing a specialised formula of creatine, L-citrulline malate, β-alanine, branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and L-arginine, which work synergistically to maximise the positive effects of training. CREA ACT® may help to improve exercise performance by increasing energy levels, delaying fatigue and improving muscular endurance.
- 5.2 g Creatine
- 5.2 g Glutamine
- 3 g Citrulline Malate
- 2 g L-Leucine
- 1.5 g β-Alanine
Why choose CREA ACT®?
Creatine intake increases phosphocreatine levels in the muscle tissue, which provides energy for muscular contraction during high intensity maximal effort exercise. During high intensity exercise athletes rapidly deplete phosphocreatine muscle stores and this limits the intensity of exercise performance. Creatine supplementation can increase training intensity, training volume and can lead to greater training adaptations.
β-Alanine is a non-essential amino acid that can be found in many foods. However, relatively small amounts are metabolised and transported to the muscle cells. β-Alanine works by increasing the buffering capacity of the muscle during high intensity exercise. This delays time to fatigue allowing athletes to train harder for longer. Using β-Alanine is an excellent strategy for maximising training intensity and improving fitness, speed and strength.
L-Citruline Malate supplementation can greatly improve exercise performance by increasing the delivery of adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) to working muscles. This can also benefit athletes by reducing feelings of fatigue during exercise and improving the rate of muscle recovery post-exercise. This is suggested to result from increased clearance of ammonia and lactate after exercise which can be detrimental to recovery if levels remain high. Citrulline Malate can be particularly beneficial for athletes training hard in preparation for competitive events.
Carbohydrate: CREA ACT® contains 18 g of carbohydrate (CHO). Research has shown that consuming 18 g of carbohydrate in combination with creatine increases the uptake of creatine in the muscle and enhances energy levels. Adequate energy in the form of carbohydrate is also important for optimum muscle performance during exercise.
Branched chain amino acids: CREA ACT® is enriched with branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) which are protein building blocks. BCAAS may speed up the recovery process by providing building blocks to repair damaged muscle fibres post-training. BCAAs play an important role in central fatigue during exercise. Proper intake of BCAAs in suitable amounts during exercise can reduce the feeling of fatigue and may improve exercise performance.
Glutamine: CREA ACT® contains 5.2 g of glutamine and glutamine peptide in a single serving. Glutamine may enhance muscular growth and improve the rate of recovery between workouts through its anabolic and anti-catabolic properties.
Arginine AKG: Along with adequate protein and carbohydrate consumption, the intake of arginine has been shown to boost growth hormone after intense resistance training. The metabolic demand for arginine may exceed the body’s ability to synthesize arginine under the conditions of intensive exercise or other severe stress; therefore, arginine is considered a semi-essential or conditional amino acid. CREA ACT® contains optimum amounts of arginine for muscle growth and strength development.
Nitric Oxide production is another important function that arginine intake can offer. The production of nitric oxide sends a signal to the inner smooth-muscle cells of artery walls to dilate (relax), resulting in increased blood flow. Enhanced blood flow, particularly during exercise improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscle cells which helps to boost exercise performance.
L-Leucine: Leucine is essential for the regulation of muscle protein synthesis and building muscle. Leucine is found in high concentrations in the muscle tissue, and helps prevent breakdown of these tissues during endurance and long duration training. Leucine is also suggested to be one of the most potent amino acids for stimulating growth hormone after resistance exercise. Leucine is the most readily oxidized BCAA and therefore the most effective amino acid for stimulating an insulin response. Leucine works synergistically with the other BCAAs to preserve muscle tissue and act as fuel for the body.
CREA ACT® is a registered trademark of ROS Nutrition Group Limited.
Serving size: 40 gServings per container: 30
Nutritional Profile (Typical):
|Analysis||Per 100 g||Per Serving||*RI|
|Protein (on dried basis)||30 g||12 g||24%|
|Carbohydrates||45 g||18 g||7%|
|- of which sugar||30 g||12 g||13%|
|- of which saturated fat||Trace||Trace||-|
|Sodium||130 mg||325 mg||-|
|*Reference intake of an average adult (8400 kJ/ 2000 kcal)
g = gram, mg = milligram, 1 mg =1000 mcg (μg), kcal = kilocalorie (read as calorie), kjoule = kilojoule
The nutritional information may vary for alternative flavours
|Ingredient||Per 100 g||Per Serving|
|Creatine matrix (Creatine monohydrate + Tricreatine Malate + Creatine Ethyl Ester HCL + Creatine AKG + Creatine Gluconate)||13 g||5.2 g|
|Arginine matrix (L-Arginine base + L-Arginine AKG 2 to 1)||7.5 g||3 g|
|Beta-Alanine||8 g||3.2 g|
|L-Citrulline DL-malate 2 to 1||5 g||2 g|
|Potassium Gluconate||1.25 g||500 mg|
|Sodium Citrate||1 g||400 mg|
|Sodium Bicarbonate||750 mg||300 mg|
|Magnesium Citrate||750 mg||300 mg|
|Actamide®||12.5 mg||5 g|
Ingredients: Dextrose monohydrate, maltodextrin, creatine matrix (creatine monohydrate, tricreatine malate, creatine oxoglutarate, creatine ethyl ester hcl, creatine gluconate), glutamine matrix (L-glutamine, L-glutamine oxoglutarate) L-arginine oxoglutarate, L-citrulline malate, L-leucine, β-alanine, magnesium gluconate, sodium citrate, sodium bicarbonate, potassium gluconate, glucoronolactone, glycine, N,N-dimethylglycine HCL, D-pinitol, actamide, vinpocetine.
Fruit Punch Flavour: Citric acid (acidity regulator), fruit punch flavour, beet root (colour), sucralose(sweetener).
No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
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CREA ACT® works best as a pre-exercise drink for maximising energy levels before performance. For loading regimens with Creatine, Beta Alanine and Citrulline Malate, we recommend using Creapure Creatine Beta Alaline and Citrulline Malate respectively as pure products from ROS Nutrition.
Take 1 Serving (1 serving = 40 g or 1 scoop) in 200 ml to 300 ml of water 15 to 30 minutes before your training or activity.
Note: While we strive to ensure that all serving measurements are accurate using ROS scoops, these are only approximate and are not a substitute for using a weighing device.