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Muscletech are BSN are both stellar companies in their own right having been around for at least a decade each. Both companies produce a huge range of supplements including protein powders, pre-workouts and a variety of specialty supplements. Two of these specialty supplements include Muscletech’s popular creatine supplement Cell-Tech as well as the equally popular CellMass 2.0 from BSN. While both are specially formulated creatine based supplements, which one is superior and which one should you be getting?

Cell-Tech vs CellMass Ingredients

Muscletech’s Cell-Tech and BSN’s CellMass 2.0 are both specialty creatine blends which combine creatine with a range of other nutrients to support exercise performance and results. To truly compare the two supplements, it’s best to take a look at the types of creatines used in each supplement and the other ingredients used.

  • Creatine Blend – Muscletech’s Cell-Tech combines a simple blend of 2 types of creatines including creatine monohydrate and creatine HCL while CellMass 2.0 from BSN utilises creatine monohydrate, creatine HCL as well as creatine anhydrous, which is simply creatine monohydrate without the water molecule attached to it.
  • Creatine Absorption Enhancers – Both Muscletech and BSN have included creatine absorption enhancing ingredients including taurine and alpha lipoic acid in Cell-Tech and taurine and banaba extract in CellMass 2.0. While taurine and banaba have been linked to improved insulin sensitivity which is a key driver for insulin absorption, alpha lipoic acid has actually been utilised in a study1 to enhance creatine monohydrate absorption.
  • Other Ingredients – In terms of other ingredients, Muscletech’s Cell-Tech provides additional amino acids such as the three branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) of leucine, isoleucine and valine as well as L-alanine and 38g of carbohydrates, while CellMass 2.0 only includes whey protein hydrolysate, glutamine and glutamine peptides.

Both supplements contain similar sources of creatine with CellMass 2.0 containing an extra source of creatine anhydrous – which in essence works just as well as creatine monohydrate. Similarly, both supplements utilise insulin drivers, but only Muscletech’s Cell-Tech uses an ingredient which has been studied to show improved creatine absorption. While protein and branched chain amino acids have been shown to support insulin release, by far the best nutrient to spike insulin is carbohydrates of which Cell-Tech has plenty while CellMass 2.0 has virtually none. It is because of this that Cell-Tech takes out this category.

Cell-Tech vs CellMass Dosing

Cell-Tech’s recommended serving size is 49g which is large compared to CellMass 2.0’s small 9.7g serving size. Let’s take a closer look at the breakdown of ingredients dosing in each supplement:

 

Muscletech Cell-Tech

BSN CellMass 2.0

Creatine (g)

5

Unknown

Carbohydrates (g)

38

1


Muscletech’s Cell-Tech provides clear indications as to the dosing of all the ingredients contained in their supplement, whilst CellMass 2.0 uses a proprietary formula of 8.3g with an unknown amount of creatine. In addition, Cell-Tech contains up to 38 times more carbohydrates per serve than CellMass 2.0; which is a key ingredient to enhance creatine absorption. Transparent dosing and plenty of carbs to support creatine absorption are why Cell-Tech takes out this category.

Cell-Tech vs CellMass Effectiveness

Creatine monohydrate is by far the most well studied of all creatines so it’s great to see it included in both these supplements. Both Cell-Tech and CellMass 2.0 also include creatine HCL, a creatine that has been growing in popularity thanks to its high solubility. However, this type of creatine also lacks evidence to support its ability to raise muscle creatine levels better than creatine monohydrate. However, the best method to support creatine absorption is to spike insulin and with 38g of carbs per serve, Muscletech’s Cell-Tech can definitely drive creatine into the muscle. Although Cell-Mass 2.0 has ingredients to improve insulin sensitivity and protein which has a slight effect on insulin release, there just doesn’t appear to be enough in the supplement to really affect the absorption. If you’re after a fail-safe creatine supplement, then Cell-Tech is definitely the better option.

Cell-Tech vs CellMass Taste, Flavour & Mixability

Both Muscletech’s Cell-Tech and BSN’s CellMass 2.0 is available in four flavours. Both supplements taste great but is definitely on the sweet side. With all the sugars in Cell-Tech, why Muscletech have also included sucralose as a sweetener is beyond me, but it makes Cell-Tech rather sweet and slightly moreso than CellMass 2.0. Both products mix well without too much frothing or residue/grittiness. Overall BSN’s products taste less intense and are much better flavoured than Muscletech’s Cell-Tech.

Cell-Tech vs CellMass Price & Value

At the largest, most cost effective size, Cell-Tech costs almost $0.20 more per serve than CellMass 2.0 at $1.63 vs $1.44 respectively. At 50 serves, this equates to a $10 difference. CellMass 2.0 is not a bad product and if you know how to use it to make up for its lack of carbohydrates, it can definitely work out cheaper in the long term. The only real issue is that you’re not sure of just how much creatine there is, but assuming there’s at least 3g, then CellMass 2.0 is perhaps your most cost-effective choice between the two.

Cell-Tech vs CellMass Winner

Muscletech’s Cell-Tech and BSN’s CellMass 2.0 are both extremely popular creatine supplements and each has their own pros and cons. Cell-Tech is best suited to beginner trainers or supplement users thanks to its fail-safe formula, while CellMass 2.0 is a much more cost-effective creatine blend for those who are more diligent with their diet and understand the importance of having some carbohydrates with their creatine to support enhanced absorption. As an overall supplement, Cell-Tech is considered slightly better than CellMass 2.0 thanks to its ease of use and almost guaranteed results due to a stellar combination of ingredients.

Overall Winner: Muscletech Cell-Tech

Although we try to be as objective as possible, we understand that opinions can vary between individuals. As such, the results of this comparison may not be agreed upon by everyone and should only be used as a guide.

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