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2004/02/12 03:59:48 (permalink)
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Expired creatine?

I have a near full tub of creatine that was purchased in September 2001 and expired in Septemper 2003. Would it still be ok to take it??
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    RE: Expired creatine? 2004/02/12 04:07:42 (permalink)
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    Try it and do a review ..... if you survive ! Im joking ... seriously i dont know if its good or not but i know for some product after the expiration date the effects drop or the products can be contaminated. An expert will answer to you

    Take care and be strong !
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    RE: Expired creatine? 2004/02/12 04:28:25 (permalink)
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    usually it means once the product is opened, it will expire that day...but it will probably last if u open it now and use it...or just try it out, or be a worrywart and throw away 40 plus dollars without trying...what wont kill u will make u stronger(ooh maybe it mutated into a better creatine) lol
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    RE: Expired creatine? 2004/02/12 18:36:57 (permalink)
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    The expiration is there for a reason. As with milk.. products break down over time. Creatine purchased in 2001 that had a max shelf life and expired in 2003.. will not be as effective as a new container. Over time, stuff breaks down and changes. So while it might still be creatine it's probably not as effective since stuff changes over time.

    I've seen this question before (about creatine and protein as well) and I asked an expert who worked on products (designed them) and still does.

    Expiration is real. Not some gimmick to get you to buy more. It does change over time and is less effective as it's not pure creatine.

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    RE: Expired creatine? 2004/02/13 10:43:21 (permalink)
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    Creatine is a dry chemical. It's very unlikely that it would change chemically over time.

    There was a study done on prescription drugs, to determine if the expiration dates actally meant anything. Only a few of the dry drugs showed any change in effectiveness over time.

    Has anyone actually studied this for creatine? Probably not. The drug and supplement companies want you to throw out anything old and buy new.

    If it were me, I'd take it and not worry about it.
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    RE: Expired creatine? 2004/02/13 21:17:59 (permalink)
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    Question:

    Can I Still Use Expired Creatine?

    I am thinking of starting creatine again. I have not done any cycle of creatine since 1998, but still have the enormous container that I had purchased back then. I was wondering about the expiration on creatine. There is a date on the back of the bottle, stating Oct 00, which was a long time ago, but does creatine expire? Sorry to bother you with such a simple question but no one has been able to give me a straight forward answer.

    Answer:

    Creatine Monohydrate is considered a nutritional supplement, and is therefore a chemical which alters over time with exposure to heat, light, etc. I'm not really sure how the "expiration date" is established by manufacturers when it comes to supplements, but there are surely some standards used in order to label their products with a maximum shelf life.

    I would think that if you've kept your container of Creatine in a cool, dry, light deprived environment, its bio-activity is likely still viable. I'm going to guess that a big part of establishing shelf life for products is to perhaps take into account a consumer not subjecting the product to optimal storage. Probably somewhere in the middle of the road is where it's likely assumed consumers will take advantage of most advantageous storage conditions.

    Then on top of this, just like with drugs and other food items, the FDA probably has a say on the standards, and just as an added measure of safety, a time limit is established so as to avoid any possible toxicity or bacterial contamination.

    I'm NOT going to outright tell you to use the container of Creatine, but I will say that if you HAVE kept it in accordance with the cool and dry conditions I've mentioned, then it probably won't kill you to ingest it. I DO say though, "user beware". If you have ANY reservations about it at all, based on appearance, odd smell or any other negative observations, then you'll be better off to just toss it and buy a new container.

    But if it still looks and smells like it did when you first purchased it, it's likely it's still viable and will act the same way in the body. Do keep in mind though, no matter how well you store this substance, it WILL over time evolve and degrade which will alter its original integrity and thereby render the substance useless. Keep in mind, one can never be too safe in these matters.



    *source bodybuiding.com's John Leschinski*

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