For an athlete to stay on top of his game, he or she needs the energy to workout at a consistently intense rate. Of course, this is always easier said than done.
In order to obtain this goal, an athlete must eat nutritiously, get enough sleep and take advantage of the advice given by their fitness trainer. Oh, and taking a creatine-based supplement is a great idea as well.
Considered a formidable anabolic agent, creatine has the unique ability to protect, repair and energize muscles by ramping up ATP re-synthesis.
That said, there are varying grades of creatine – with some being more effective and efficient than others. Along those lines, the higher grade you can find in a creatine supplement, the better.
In this review, we’re going to take a look at one specific creatine supplement, called Neovar. Made by a company known as Applied Nutriceuticals, Neovar contains not one, but two different forms of creatine.
Are these two forms considered high- or low-graded creatine? What else is found in Neovar’s blend? You’re about to find out…
What Does This Product Do Well?
To make things easy on you, we’ve split up this review into a pros and cons section – beginning, with this, the pros section.
For starters, we like the fact that Neovar contains a diverse blend of ingredients. Here are several ingredients that caught our attention, including:
Bioperine – This bio-availability enhancer can promote the effectiveness and efficiency of an entire blend by increasing the absorbency rates of the nutrients it comes in contact with.
D-Pinitol – This plant and tree extract contains insulin-like properties, which allows it to enhance a body’s uptake rate of creatine and other nutrients.
Banaba Extract – This leafy extract which is grown and cultivated in India and parts of Southeast Asia performs several health-promoting functions for a body. These include its ability to regulate elevated blood sugar levels and to diminish cravings for sugar and carbs. Along those lines, banaba is often used in products which treat diabetes and hyperglycemia.
These are just a few of the non-creatine ingredients found in Neovar. But as you can tell, this product has much more flair to it than some of its counterparts.
What Doesn’t This Product Do Well?
On the other hand, while we really liked the quality of the non-creatine ingredients found in Neovar, we’re not as thoroughly captivated by the creatine found in its blend.
That said, the creatine monohydrate and creatine phosphate found in this product is not porous by any means. But they are both very average grades of creatine compared to other forms being used in creatine supplements today.
The problem with creatine monohydrate and creatine phosphate is this…they tend to convert into creatinine, a toxin, when mixed with water. This instability not only affects the effectiveness of these two forms of creatine, but it also leads to side effects.
You see, creatinine is the culprit which causes bloating, nausea and stomach cramps to occur – all side effects that are commonly associated to the use of creatine. Further, that water retention that creatine often causes happens because our body’s instinctively try to dilute creatinine using water.
In other words, the grades of creatine that Neovar possesses are not going to blow you away by any means. In addition, any user of this product should expect to experience side effects as well.
Pick It or Pitch It?
In conclusion, we do not recommend the use of Neovar because of its lower grade creatine, unless you’re looking to go cheap.
A bottle of Neovar only costs $25.99 and includes 110 servings/capsules, making it an extremely cost-efficient option. Then again, it compromises safety and effectiveness to do so, which is why we’d only recommend its use if you’re willing to give up these two commodities in favor of its cheap price tag.