Cell-Tech is a creatine-based muscle-building supplement manufactured by MuscleTech, which also produces protein bars, protein shakes and pre-workout energy supplements. Cell-Tech is purported to aid in muscle recovery and is intended for use following your workouts. Although Cell-Tech may help enhance the results of your workouts, some ingredients in the product may also trigger side effects. Always consult a doctor prior to using Cell-Tech or any other supplements.
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Although Cell-Tech is intended to aid in promoting muscle gain, it may not have the desired effect due to its vitamin C content. Each serving of Cell-Tech provides more than four times the daily suggested intake of this vitamin, which acts as an antioxidant. According to research from the May 2006 issue of "The British Journal of Nutrition," vitamin C intake can delay muscle recovery after workouts.
Cell-Tech is rich in carbohydrates, which can be beneficial for promoting muscle recovery after workouts. However, 75 g of the carbohydrates come from sugar. According to Harvard Medical School, drinking beverages high in sugar can increase your risk of obesity, as these drinks are high in calories -- Cell-Tech contains 360 per serving -- but are not filling, as the thin consistency of liquid does not as readily trigger your body's satiety cues.
Use of Cell-Tech may promote an increased risk of tooth decay. The American Dental Association explains that increased sugar intake can promote tooth decay, and that exposure to citric acid, another ingredient in Cell-Tech, may also promote erosion of the enamel, or hard outer covering, of your teeth. To prevent these effects, the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily.
Each serving of Cell-Tech contains more than twice the daily suggested intake of chromium, a mineral that can help to regulate your blood sugar levels. However, the University of Maryland Medical Center explains that too much chromium can cause stomach irritation. Additionally, Cell-Tech contains creatine, which may also upset your stomach.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, UMMC, a rare but potential side effect of too much chromium is liver dysfunction. The UMMC notes that creatine may also cause liver dysfunction, although that supplement is also considered generally safe.
- "The British Journal of Nutrition"; Ascorbic Acid Supplementation Does Not Attenuate Post-Exercise Muscle Soreness Following Muscle-Damaging Exercise but may Delay the Recovery Process; G.L. Close et al.; May 2006
- Harvard Medical School; Sugar and Obesity: High Calorie Drinks To Blame?; October 2006
- "Journal of the American Dental Association"; Diet and Tooth Decay; April 2002
- University of Maryland Medical Center; Chromium; March 2009
- University of Maryland Medical Center; Creatine; June 2009