GNC is one of the most recognisable brands in the supplement world, having been bought by Holland & Barrett in 2003. Holland & Barrett have over 143 years of experience within the industry and in 2019 GNC had a revenue of almost $500 million with over 7,500 stores. We wanted to test out one of the backbones of the supplement industry and see how GNC squared up, here’s our GNC Creatine Review!
The first thing to note about GNC Creatine, is that it has only one ingredient: Creatine Monohydrate. Now, this may sound silly to some readers but to others, you will be all too familiar with the additional ingredients you will find in many creatine products. In this product though, you won’t find any anti-caking agents, additives, or flavourings. On top of that, GNC products are made in a GMP facility which means they must abide by regulations set out by the FDA, which includes product purity.
There are many reasons that someone would want to take creatine, with its strong links to muscle size, power output, muscular endurance and some studies even relate to certain neurological benefits. However, what if you’re a competitive athlete? You may be subjected to tests for banned substances and whilst this product only has one ingredient, GNC can not confirm whether GNC Creatine is tested by a third party, which could leave some users feeling anxious.
GNC Creatine comes with a scoop! That’s right, each tub contains one 5g scoop, which will be music to the ears of people who’ve received a supplement before that doesn’t have a scoop. One scoop is equal to one serving size, which is nice and easy and each tub has 100 servings. One downside that many users of GNC Creatine have reported is that as they use the product, the small neck on the lid makes it increasingly difficult to move the spoon and use the product. Could you tip the tub to make it easier? Probably. Should you have to? Probably not.
Whilst we’re on negative points, this product is on the pricey side. At the time of writing, 100 servings costs around $20, or 4 cents per gram, with the cheapest creatine bottoming at around 2 cents per gram. Although, at that price, you may not get a reputable name like GNC! The GNC Creatine is also not micronised, which gives creatine that ‘fluffy’ texture and helps mix with water. A cheaper, micronised version would be ON Creatine.
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