D-pinitol

(Known as Pinitol, D-pinitol)

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How does it work?
D-pinitol is a form of pinitol, a naturally-occurring compound found in certain plants, trees and foods, such as soy. Studies show that it has insulin-like effects, driving creatine and other nutrients into muscle cells [1]. This is thought to accelerate muscle growth and improve recovery by forcing more nutrients into the muscles.
Who is it used for?
Most experts recommend that D-pinitol be combined with creatine and a small amount of carbohydrate (20-30 grams). Anyone seeking rapid gains in muscle size, strength and power will benefit from Creatine. Athletes involved in strength- and power-based sports, bodybuilders and regular gym users will notice significant gains in both muscular size and performance.
How does it work?
D-pinitol is a natural methyl-inositol extracted from natural sources. As demonstrated in a series of well-controlled studies at St. John's University in New York, it promotes glucose transport and glycogen synthesis, making it a very attractive supplement for the serious athlete or weekend warrior looking for increased energy and endurance.

D-pinitol is very popular with people who want to use creatine, but don't want the extra calories and sugar contained in many creatine-based supplements. In a trial completed at Arkansas State University, researchers examined whether co-ingestion of D-pinitol with creatine affects whole body creatine retention. The results show that D-Pinitol increases whole body creatine retention to the same extent as high levels of carbohydrate or carbohydrate and protein [2].

The effects of Pinitol have been described by noted experts such as Dr. Daniel Gwartney, M.D. Writing in Ironman magazine, Gwartney points out that "... of all the proposed so-called insulin mimickers and insulin co-factors, pinitol is the one with the most promise." The effectiveness of Pinitol has been known by top US experts for some time, and it has been awarded two U.S. Patents (#5,550,166 and #5,827,896).
How do I use it?
For every 5 grams of Creatine, consume 25-30 milligrams of D-pinitol.
What results can I expect?
D-pinitol will increase creatine uptake to the same extent as larg doses of carbohydrate, but without the extra calories and sugar. This will lead to faster muscle growth, greater strength and an increase in power output.
What can it be combined with?
D-pinitol should be combined with creatine and a small amount of carbohydrate (20-30 grams) for best results.

1. Bates SH, Jones RB, Bailey CJ. (2000). Insulin-lik ffect of pinitol. British Journal of Pharmacology, 130, 1944-1948
2. Greenwood, M., Keider, R.B., Rasmussen, C., Almada, A.L., & Earnest .P. (2001). D-Pinitol augments whole body creatine retention in man. Journal of Exercise Physiology, 4, 41-4

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