Overview of Metabolic Nutrition CGP
Metabolic Nutrition has made some of the best supplements this industry has ever seen. They developed the ever-so-popular fat burner Synedrex, the first-coming of ESP (an AMP Citrate PWO) and their peptide bonded BCAA TRI-PEP (one of our favorites).
CGP is a creatine based product from Metabolic Nutrition combined with Glycerol to increase uptake and Phosphate to improve ATP production in the muscles (which helps improve energy). Overall, CGP is a good creatine selection with great taste and mixibility, but the value is the one area you need to determine if it is right for you.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Metabolic Nutrition CGP on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at the ingredients used in the making of this muscle building supplement. We look into each ingredients effective use and determine if it was a quality selection for the product.
We then look at effectiveness. This is generally an extension of the profile and dosage section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
After that, we tackle taste. Taste is judged on two parts. One, does it taste like the label name and two, how does it taste? The flavor we were able to test was Fruit Punch.
Then we judge the sleep aid on mixability. The mixability test is how well does the powder dissolve in 8-12oz of water in a Blender Bottle.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of muscle supplements on the market.
Metabolic Nutrition’s CGP uses a blend of ingredients to create their CGP Complex. CGP stands for Creatine – Glycerol – Phosphate. Each serving is 10g. Does this mean you’re getting 10g of Creatine per serving? No. You are getting 10g of Potassium, ALA, Magnesium, Calcium and Sodium. All these yield 10g of CGP.
Why have Creatine with Glycerol and Phosphate? In theory, Glycerol is going to help with Creatine uptake. When Creatine was first starting to be used in the sports field, it was recommended that it needed to be mixed with a sugary drink to increase uptake. This is true per studies. Sugar ingestion with Creatine will help increase uptake into the muscles. We see the reason behind it here. However, recent studies have shown that Creatine Monohydrate mixed with protein powders has about the same yield of uptake into the muscles. See our entire Creatine 101 article for more info.
Creatine Phosphate helps with ATP reproduction in the body. When they body first uses ATP for energy, it gets it first from the ATP/CP Energy Pathway. ATP loses a molecule of Phosphate to produce energy while lifting. ATP then becomes ADP. In order to get ADP back to ATP it needs a new Phosphate molecule. Your body gets this Phosphate molecule from Creatine Phosphate. The result is a new unit of ATP and a unit of Creatine. What does this mean? The Creatine Phosphate portion of this supplement helps create new ATP while getting creatine to your muscles.
Overall it is a solid profile, however we are not a big fan of the “complex.” Due to this, we are unsure how how much Creatine your body is actually getting per serving. Per studies, you need roughly 5g of Creatine Monohydrate for maximum effectiveness.
Going back to our profile section, it is hard to tell the effectiveness of a Creatine product without actual dosages. Did it help with recovery? Sure. But we also took BCAAs with it. Did it help with energy/ATP production? In theory it should have, but we like to take our Creatine post-workout.
Based on the concept of the supplement it should be effective. As effective as 5g of Creatine Monohydrate? Not sure. If we knew how much Creatine was yielded to your muscles we could accurately answer that question.
Fruit punch flavored CGP was good. Taking a powder post-workout is always easier if it is refreshing. This flavor was very good. Much like a fruit punch Kool-Aid or Gatorade.
Mixability was good. We are talking about 10g of powder, and using Creatine which does not fully dissolve in water. This combination is bound to leave residue in the shaker cup, even after vigorously shaking. It is not unbearable by any means, but we’ve had micronized Creatine and Creatine HCI that dissolved better into liquids.
Creatine Monohydrate is extremely cheap. It is called a commodity for a reason in the industry. In fact, a lot of stores will offer a free unit of Creatine with the purchase of a pre-workout or other category supplement. With CGP, you are getting 40-servings for over $20. Given that the formula of this product is also supposed to help with uptake and ATP production we can justify a higher price tag (if they fully disclosed Creatine yields that would be even better).
However, due to studies showing that Creatine Monohydrate has similar uptake when mixed with your protein powder, we cannot place a lot of value of the Glycerol component of this supplement. You can buy 100-servings of Creatine Monohydrate for under $20. With this you’re getting over 200% less servings for a cost that is higher.