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ProMera Sports is a relatively new supplement company. I first saw them at the Olympia Expo back in 2011. They were small and just trying to break in to the supplement industry and get their products out there. At the Olympia Expo in 2012 they had a much larger presence. So it appears that ProMera is doing something right. Their flagship product is a product called Con-Cret. Let’s take a closer look at Con-Cret and see if this “micro-concentrated” creatine is any better than your standard creatine monohydrate.

What is Con-Cret?

ProMera markets Con-Cret as the future of creatine and as a creatine supplement that “requires no loading and has zero side effects”.[1] All Con-Cret contains is Creatine HCl aka Creatine Hydrochloride. According to ProMera, some of the main advantages of Creatine HCl is that there is no loading and no bloating. Let’s take a look at Con-Cret and Creatine HCl to see if it is actually better than creatine monohydrate.

What is Creatine HCl?

As the name indicates, Creatine HCL is made by attaching a hydrochloride group to creatine, thereby creating a salt. By attaching this hydrochloride molecule, the solubility of creatine hcl increases greatly compared to creatine monohydrate. Creatine HCl is the most soluble form of creatine available.

When compared to creatine monohydrate, you need far less creatine hcl to elicit the same effects. Creatine HCl is also way more expensive than creatine monohydrate. Users of creatine hcl report far less stomach upset BUT it’s 4x the price.

Tip: If you are taking creatine monohydrate and your stomach hurts, cut back the dosage.

No Loading With Creatine HCl?

Since Creatine HCl is so much more potent and bio-available, no loading is required. Typically, creatine monohydrate users have to take up to 20-25 grams a day for up to 5 days in order to saturate their muscles with enough creatine to be effective, then they taper back to 5 grams per day.

Con-Cret Serving Size and Flavors

Con-Cret is available in capsule form and also as a drink mix. With the capsule form, you get 48 capsules. The manufacturer suggests 1-2 capsules per 100 pounds of body weight. So if you weigh 180 pounds, you probably want 4 caps. At that rate, your bottle will last you 12 days and cost you around $2.50 per serving.

The drink mixes come in 24 servings and 48 servings and in a variety of flavors. You have the option of getting unflavored, blue raspberry, lemon lime, pineapple, or snake fruit. I have only tried the pineapple. The taste wasn’t too easy to handle so I switched to capsules. The same serving size recommendations hold true for the flavored powders. If you are a 180 pound guy you’ll want to take 4 scoops. Again, it will last you 12 days and cost you $2.50 per serving. The 24 serving size will last you 6 days and cost you about $2.80 per serving. Like I mentioned earlier, creatine hcl is about 4x the price of creatine monohydrate. If you want a month’s supply of Con-Cret you are gonna be in the $60-$90 range.

Con-Cret Final Thoughts

I’ve taken Con-Cret and I can’t say that it works better than creatine monohydrate. The only real difference is you don’t have to take as much. Is it really worth the premium? Let’s take a look at the numbers for creatine monohydrate. Optimum Nutrition, one of the most trusted names in the sports supplement industry, sells 2000 grams of unflavored creatine monohydrate. You can get it for around $38.

If you stick to the normal creatine monohydrate dosing and take 5g per day, that container is going to last you 400 days. It’s going to cost you LESS than $0.10 per serving. So, at what price point do you see Con-Cret’s Creatine HCl providing that much more value than creatine monohydrate, which has been studied and clinically proven ad nauseam?

This is one man’s opinion. What really matters is how well it works for all of you. Please use our form below to share what your experiences have been with ProMera Con-Cret. Please include other product(s) you have used, side effects, benefits, dosage, and let us all know if you think ProMera Con-Cret is a good value or not.


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About The Author

Brian E. is from southern California and has worked for names like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe as a supplement expert and consultant. He currently lives in Utah and is studying marketing.

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