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A Double-Blind Comparative Trial of Kre-Alkalyn to Creatine in Olympic Weightlifters
Dr. Jeff Golini, Dr. Kamen Stroychev and Dr. Neno Terziiski
All American Pharmaceutical, Billings, MT, and I.S. Greenberg Medical Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
To compare the effects of Kre-Alkalyn® and creatine monohydrate on training induced changes in strength and body composition using Olympic-level weight lifters.
Patients and Methods
Twenty-four healthy men from the Bulgarian National Weightlifting team were randomly assigned to ingest either, 10 capsules x 750 mg of Kre-Alkalyn® daily (Test group), or 10 capsules x 750 mg of creatine monohydrate (Control group), each day for a total of 60 days. Body weight, muscular performance (snatch, clean and jerk, high snatch, back squat) were monitored and assessed. Lifts were performed at maximum resistance for 1 repetition. Measurements were taken on baseline day and every day throughout the study according to the study schedule. Each athlete was required to maintain their normal dietary habit and training patterns during the study.
The Kre-Alkalyn® – Test group showed an average increase in their performance level, over baseline, of 10.76% (in the snatch, clean and jerk, high snatch and back squat), compared to the Control group (8.39%, over baseline). The average increase in total lifts for the Kre-Alkalyn® – Test group was 28.25% over the Control group.
Summary and Conclusions
It is difficult for high-caliber Olympic-level athletes to achieve considerable improvements in their muscular performance in a short timeframe, such as a 60 day trial. However, the Kre-Alkalyn® group was able to achieve a slight, but significant, degree of improvement in their level of performance over the creatine monohydrate group, and without any untoward side effects from daily Kre-Alkalyn® administration.
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