Product Review: Effervescent Creatine
Effervescent Creatine (EC) is creatine mixed with an alka-seltzer-like powder so that it can be more easily digested. Specifically:
There's claims of less bloating and greater absorption into the muscles.
Effervescent creatine is simply creatine with bicarbonate and citrate salts added, which buffer the creatine to a specific pH when added to water. In water, the creatine separates from the salt and goes into solution with a pH of about 4. When you drink it, this pH signals the stomach to shuttle the creatine rapidly to the small intestine, where it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and out to the muscles you’re working so hard to build. The more quickly and completely that the creatine is absorbed, the more creatine your muscles have available to them for re-building after an intense workout. In fact, effervescently delivered creatine is almost fully absorbed, compared to about 35 percent absorption for plain creatine monohydrate in water.
I don't know about muscle absorption, but the claims of "less bloating" is ridiculous.
You're putting a fizzy, gassy substance into your system a short period of time before working out. That causes cramps under heavy exertion. It completely messes with your workout, whether it's lifting or cardio-related.
I've used this stuff for a month. Don't buy it, don't use it.