A common question that gets asked about creatine monohydrate is: ‘which is better, powder or tablets?’ In fact there is actually no conclusive evidence to say whether pills or powder is more or less effective than another. They will ultimately both be broken down by your stomach into phosphocreatine – so they should be equally effective. The only difference is that the capsule coating will add a marginal lag time for the absorption period (as it is an extra barrier to be dissolved).
Therefore what determines which is better is actually just the practicalities of either form. Here are the pros and cons of each:
The main advantage to pills are that they are more portable than powder. You can have them in your gym bag and pop them whenever you like. You don’t have to mess around measuring out powder and mixing it up.
However are usually more expensive, anywhere between 5 to 10 times more for creatine capsules compared the the powder. Then there is also quite a lot to swallow – to consume the recommended 5g serving you could also be popping at least 6 large pills compared to a small dissolved teaspoon for the powdered form.
As previously mentioned, the powder is a lot cheaper. However it is also more flexible too as you can dish out any amount you desire and it will be just as easy to drink it down. You can also add it with other powdered supplements like protein powder, BCAA’s and L-Glutamine for one convenient drink – as opposed to a huge pile of pills.
Messing around with dissolving the powder can be awkward, especially when you buy an un-micronized brand that will take forever to dissolve. It’s also more hassle to have to measure it out, stir it up and gulp down, than to wash down a few tablets. It can also get messy – if you’re not careful it will float around like talcum powder or flour.
So ultimately it comes down to personal preference – if you are looking for value, creatine powder is your best bet. You can find our Pure Creatine Powder on Amazon.com at: www.amazon.com/dp/B00KWKRNIU