Created by BSN, one of the leading supplement manufacturers in the industry, CellMass is an advanced Creatine/Glutamine Matrix that will supposedly provide you with all the ingredients you need to recover after an intense workout.
This post-training supplement was voted the Creatine Supplement of the Year back in 2009 and has since attracted a wide following of enthusiastic and satisfied customers consisting of athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness enthusiasts alike.
With so much attention given to BSN Cellmass, as opposed to other creatine complexes out there, I decided to take a closer look at what Cellmass really had to offer. Was it as amazing as everyone made it out to be? Or is everyone simply jumping on the bandwagon and overhyping the formula?
What’s Under the Lid?
Like so many other creatine supplements, the formula behind Cellmass is fairly simple: a few carbs, a few minerals and artificial flavors, and of course, the star ingredient: a few grams of creatine for building muscle.
However, I was a little surprised at the cocktail of different types of creatine that Cellmass had to offer. Although they’re all listed as part of a 4.2 g proprietary blend, I couldn’t help but be a little impressed at the fast-absorption rates and reduced risk of negative side effects.
For those of you unfamiliar with the ingredients, here’s a quick breakdown of what you’re going to get with Cellmass . . .
Creatine Sodium Phosphate: This sodium salt form of creatine enhances water solubility. Once inside the bloodstream, the sodium acts as a transporter, bringing the creatine to the muscle cells for enhanced uptake.
Creatine Ethyl Ester: This molecule has a better absorption rate and longer half-life in the body than regular creatine monohydrate as it is slightly more lipophilic. Unlike other forms of creatine, it bypasses the creatine transporter for increased skeletal uptake and an increased ability to regenerate ATP.
Malic Acid: This ingredient acts as a digestive aid, reducing the stomach upset and cramping typically associated with creatine.
CarnoSyn: A patented form of Beta-Alanine, this non-essential amino acid is not used in the building of proteins. Rather it increases muscular strength and power output.
Creatinol-O-Phosphate: This compound rapidly increases both skeletal and muscle strength and endurance. Although studies are still being conducted, COP does not require a loading phase and the effects are felt almost immediately.
Creatine AAB: Creatine AAB possess anti-catabolic effects as well as high concentrations of the branched chain amino acid leucine. When used correctly, Craetine AAB can minimize protein damage from intense training and stimulate protein synthesis.
Glutamine – Alpha Ketoglutaric Acid: Glutamine is an abundant amino acid necessary for building muscle tissue and providing energy to cells. L-Glutamine Alpha-Ketoglutarate is a dietary supplemental form of glutamine.
Di-Calcium Phosphate: A unique combination of calcium oxide and phosphoric acid, this dietary supplement offers a great source of calcium, which can strengthen bones. In some supplements, it is used as a delayed-release matrix.
Cinnamon Extract: This ingredient is commonly used as a digestive aid and as a natural treatment for gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, and gas.
Di-Potassium Phosphate: A highly water-soluble salt, Di-Potassium Phosphate may be able to increase ATP production as well as buffer lactic acid production so you can work harder for longer periods of time.
Safety Concerns and Warnings
BSN Cellmass has a lot to offer when used correctly; however, that doesn’t mean that you won’t experience any negative side effects.
Two of the biggest problems with creatine and all its various forms are the stomach upset and indigestion. Due to the fact that creatine draws water into the muscle cells, this can increase the risk of dehydration and its symptoms, such as nausea and cramping.
When taken in reasonable amounts, this supplement shouldn’t have too much of a negative impact on the body, but just in case, you’ll want to stay hydrated while supplementing with creatine and pursue a healthy diet with regular exercise.
What About the Flavor?
BSN Cellmass is widely known for providing consumers with a high-quality product for a great taste. Cellmass is available in multiple flavors (below), and from what I’ve read of the reviews, most individuals who try Cellmass love the taste.
Eric M. Patterson, wrote, “The Artic berry flavor tastes great, it’s a real treat to have.” While U. Leyva reported, “The fruit punch tastes great and easy to mix in water just by shaking it in a bottle.”
Flavors Available: Artic Berry Blast, Fruit Punch, Grape Cooler
Getting the Most Out of CellMass
Creatine products such as Cellmass must be used in a specific way in order to offer the best results.
For Training Days: You’ll want to taking your first serving by mixing 1 scoop with 4-6 oz. of cold water or any beverage of your choice. (Most experts recommend combining creatine with fruit juice due to the fact that the fruit raises insulin levels for better absorption). Note – this should be taken on an empty stomach.
For your second serving of the day, follow the same pattern, but consume it 6-8 hours after your post-workout serving.
For Non Training Days: Mix 1 scoop with 4-6 oz. of cold water (or fruit juice), first thing in the morning when you wake up. Your second serving should follow the same pattern 6-8 hours later.
To keep the mixture from setting and clumping, you’ll want to stir vigorously and drink immediately. For even better results, wait 20-30 minutes after taking Cellmass before eating a meal or drinking a shake.
Manufacturers recommend that you use Cellmass for the full 30 days to enjoy the most benefits.
Product Pricing and Guarantee
Cellmass offers a lot of high quality ingredients, but unfortunately, it’s also one of the more expensive products.
“This product works,” says U. Leyva, “but it’s pretty pricey. I paid $60 a GNC, now I’m going to by from online to save money.”
After shopping around, I found that Cellmass could be found for the following prices:
BSNonline.net: $63.99 per 50 Serving Bottle
Amazon.com: $27.49 per 1.76 lb. Bottle
Bodybuilding.com: $38.56 per 50 Serving Bottle
Who Makes CellMass?
BSN was originally founded back in 2001 in Florida and has since been making a name for itself as one of the most advanced sports nutrition supplement manufacturers in the world. BSN’s motto is “Innovate-never duplicate,” so you know you’re getting cutting edge technology with every bottle.
The company has won over 40 consumer-voted nutrition awards since 2005, and despite its popularity, BSN puts the consumer first and foremost in their list of priorities.
Is BSN CellMass Worth Buying?
Consumer reviews are fairly positive, and considering the ingredients, I’d have to give this supplement two thumbs-up.
Although it might not work for everyone and the price is a little high, it does seem to be a viable option for building muscle quickly, safely, and effectively.