7 Best Vegan Creatine Supplements in 2024

Author: Oleksandr Maksymenko (5 years as FPA-Certified Nutritionist, MS in Sports Dietetics)

We made a review of the 7 best vegan creatine for you, and also added an explanation on choosing a vegan creatine supplement. You'll also learn what to look for and why creatine can be an even more powerful supplement for vegans than omnivores!

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Creatine HMB from Transparent Labs is a top-rated supplement for muscle growth and prevention of muscle loss, particularly in vegans, due to its unique combination of creatine monohydrate, HMB, and vitamin D.

Our certified nutritionists, professional athletes, and medical professionals have put 23 vegan creatines through extensive testing and 7 of them made the cut. The products were analyzed on 5 of the most important criteria, and our expert team spent 8 weeks extensively testing them to evaluate them thoroughly. In addition to this, we've also perused hundreds of online customer reviews. We continually refresh our lineup, so please share your feedback, experiences, and join the conversation!

Best Vegan Creatine

Top 7 Best Vegan Creatines Reviewed

ProductTotalCreatine TypeSolubilityNutrition Label TransparencyTastePrice/
Quality
CREATINE HMB48109.59.5109
Promix47.5109.510810
Optimum47.5109.510810
Naked47109.59.5810
Cellucor47109.59.5810
Jacked Factory46.51099.5810
NOW Sports46.5108.510810
Transparent Labs CREATINE HMB

  • Form: Powder
  • Type: Monohydrate
  • Other Ingredients: HMB, Vitamin D
  • Price per Serving (for 5 g): ~$1.35
  • Servings per Container (for 5 g): 30 or 60 servings
  • Company Founded: 2015
  • Recommended by Athletes: Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Pat Li, P A U L I N A

Creatine HMB from the Transparent Labs brand contains not only creatine monohydrate, but also additional ingredients - 1.5 g of ß-hydroxy ß-methylbutyrate (HMB) and vitamin D in a dose of 50 IU. This composition makes this supplement the most interesting in our rating, because HMB is a metabolite of the most anabolic amino acid leucine, and may increase muscle protein synthesis with reducing muscle protein breakdown, especially in conditions of insufficient consumption of high-quality protein, which is of great importance for vegans. Overall it is supposed that HMB supplementation may promote muscle mass growth and prevent muscle loss.

We do not want to speculate and make loud statements, because the scientific data is still inconclusive. However, combining creatine with HMB may have potential benefits. Results from this systematic review indicates that combining creatine with ß-hydroxy ß-methylbutyrate may provide benefits in terms of strength performance and improvement of body composition that may exceed the effects of taking creatine or HMB in isolation.

Transparent Labs CREATINE HMB instagram

As for vitamin D, in conditions of insufficient levels, taking this vitamin in the form of a supplement may have beneficial effects on athletic performance. However, when taking a vitamin D supplement, it's important to consider factors such as the season of the year, your exposure to the sun with exposed parts of your body, your skin tone, the use of sunscreen, and of course your doctor's recommendations.

One serving of Creatine HMB contains 5 g of creatine monohydrate. Despite the relatively high cost per serving, you're getting creatine in combination with HMB, which may have additional benefits. Throw in a hefty dose of vitamin D and as many as 10 flavors to choose from and you've got a vegan creatine monohydrate with reasonable value for money (to save the budget, choose a package of 60 servings).

48Expert Score

Transparent Labs' Creatine HMB supplement combines creatine monohydrate, HMB, and vitamin D to enhance muscle growth and prevent muscle loss, particularly for vegans, while considering important factors for vitamin D supplementation.

Creatine Type:
10
Solubility:
9.5
Nutrition Label Transparency:
9.5
Taste:
10
Price/ Quality:
9

Positives:

  • Contains a combo of creatine + ß-hydroxy ß-methylbutyrate (HMB)

  • A good dose of vitamin D

  • 10 flavors + unflavored option

Could be better:

  • Highest price per serving in this ranking

  • The maximum number of servings in a package is only 60

PROMIX Creatine Monohydrate

  • Form: Powder
  • Type: Monohydrate (Micronized)
  • Other Ingredients: None
  • Price per Serving (for 5 g): ~$0.33
  • Servings per Container (for 5 g): 180 servings
  • Company Founded: 2011
  • Recommended by Athletes: Devon M Lévesque, Kelly Matthews

The second position of our best vegan creatine rating is occupied by micronized creatine monohydrate from Promix. There is nothing extra in it - just creatine monohydrate and nothing else. The product is certified by the NSF for Sports. This means that it has been tested for unsafe levels of contaminants, prohibited substances or masking agents.

Note that this is micronized creatine monohydrate. Non-micronized creatine does not dissolve well, so part of it often remains at the bottom of the glass in the form of sediment. So after emptying the glass you may need to add liquid again, swirl and take a quick sip to make sure you have consumed all of the remaining creatine from the bottom of the glass. In this case, micronized creatine may be a better choice, although it does not have better bioavailability than non-micronized creatine.

I declare with confidence that this product has everything you really need: micronized for better solubility, certified by the NSF for Sports, large packaging and worth only $0.33 per serving. What could be better! In general, this is the best product in this rating in terms of value per serving. If it weren't for the advantage of flavors in creatine from Transparent Labs, Promix would definitely take first place!

47.5Expert Score

Promix Micronized Creatine Monohydrate is a top-rated, certified pure product that dissolves easily and provides maximum value at $0.33 per serving, making it an excellent choice for anyone seeking a high-quality creatine supplement.

Creatine Type:
10
Solubility:
9.5
Nutrition Label Transparency:
10
Taste:
8
Price/ Quality:
10

Positives:

  • Micronized for better solubility

  • Certified by NSF for Sport

  • Packaging for 180 servings (will last a long time)

  • Best overall value per serving in our ranking

Could be better:

  • Packaging with a zip lock, which not all users will appreciate

Optimum Nutrition Creatine

  • Form: Powder
  • Type: Monohydrate (Micronized)
  • Other Ingredients: None
  • Price per Serving (for 5 g): ~$0.55
  • Servings per Container (for 5 g): 60 or 120 servings
  • Company Founded: 1986
  • Recommended by Athletes: Nick Cheadle, Evan Johnson, Tom Bramwell

No rating can do without one of the most popular creatines in the world - Micronized Creatine from Optimum Nutrition brand! This creatine has long been valued among both amateurs and professional athletes.

Compared to some of the other products in this ranking, this supplement has the advantage of being third-party certified by Informed Choice. This means that it has been tested for the content of prohibited or potentially dangerous substances. Overall, this is a great product at a reasonable price per serving.

Optimum Creatine instagram

Note that this creatine is also available in capsule form. However, the capsules contain gelatin, so this product is not vegan creatine monohydrate. Only the powder form of this product is suitable for vegans!

47.5Expert Score

Optimum Nutrition's Micronized Creatine is a highly popular and certified pure supplement, available in both powder and capsule form (not vegan), offering excellent value for its reasonable price per serving.

Creatine Type:
10
Solubility:
9.5
Nutrition Label Transparency:
10
Taste:
8
Price/ Quality:
10

Positives:

  • Creatine with great reputation among amateurs and professional athletes

  • Micronized for better solubility

  • Certified by Informed Choice

  • Reasonable price per serving

Could be better:

  • Much more expensive per serving compared to the previous product

  • Does not contain a measuring scoop

NAKED Creatine Monohydrate

  • Form: Powder
  • Type: Monohydrate (Micronized)
  • Other Ingredients: None
  • Price per Serving (for 5 g): ~$0.22
  • Servings per Container (for 5 g): 100 or 200 servings
  • Company Founded: 2014
  • Recommended by Athletes: Antonio Faneite, AB Lab

If you need the most affordable, good old creatine monohydrate without additional ingredients, definitely choose NAKED Creatine. This is the vegan creatine powder with the lowest price per serving in our ranking and 2 packaging options - for 100 or 200 servings. Naked Creatine is also micronized, therefore, you can count on good solubility.

NAKED Creatine Monohydrate instagram

Overall, this is a cheap and high-quality micronized creatine monohydrate. Like the rest of the products from this rating сompared to the leader, it significantly loses in only one indicator - the lack of flavors to choose from. Although this is not a problem with creatine (it is not a supplement that is usually chosen by taste), but rather an advantage of creatine from Transparent Labs.

47Expert Score

Naked Creatine is an affordable and high-quality vegan micronized creatine monohydrate with excellent solubility and no added flavors, available in two packaging options - 100 or 200 servings.

Creatine Type:
10
Solubility:
9.5
Nutrition Label Transparency:
9.5
Taste:
8
Price/ Quality:
10

Positives:

  • The cheapest creatine in this rating (for a package of 200 servings)

  • Micronized for better solubility

  • Available in a large package of 200 servings

  • Marked "Amazon's Choice"

Could be better:

  • Many complaints about the inconvenient measuring spoon

Cellucor COR-Performance

  • Form: Powder
  • Type: Monohydrate (Micronized)
  • Other Ingredients: None
  • Price per Serving (for 5 g): ~$0.42
  • Servings per Container (for 5 g): 72 per servings
  • Company Founded: 2009
  • Recommended by Athletes: Nicole Marrero, Gustavo Vaz Tostes, Arya Saffaie

Fourth in the ranking of the best vegan creatine powder is COR-Performance Creatine from the well-known brand Cellucor. In this product, everything is just as simple - only creatine and nothing else. No additives or extra ingredients. It is also micronized creatine, which will make it more soluble in liquid.

Cellucor COR-Performance instagram

The only real drawback is the availability of only one package for 72 servings of 5 g each.

47Expert Score

Cellucor's COR-Performance Creatine is a simple vegan creatine powder with no added ingredients and good solubility due to its micronized form, but it only comes in a 72-serving package.

Creatine Type:
10
Solubility:
9.5
Nutrition Label Transparency:
9.5
Taste:
8
Price/ Quality:
10

Positives:

  • Micronized creatine with good solubility

  • Affordable price per serving

  • Marked "Amazon's Choice"

Could be better:

  • 72 servings pack only

Jacked Factory Creatine

  • Form: Powder
  • Type: Monohydrate (Micronized)
  • Other Ingredients: None
  • Price per Serving (for 5 g): ~$0.41
  • Servings per Container (for 5 g): 85 servings
  • Company Founded: 2015
  • Recommended by Athletes: Morgan MacDonald, TAYLOR

Another product marked "Amazon's Choice" is Jacked Factory Creatine. Jacked Factory has put his creatine in the “ESSENTIALS” series, and for good reason. In fact, creatine monohydrate is the most effective nutritional supplement in terms of increasing high-intensity exercise capacity and lean body mass.

The price per serving is very affordable, and the only drawback is the availability of packaging for only 85 portions of 5 grams and complaints about not very good solubility, which is not surprising, because it is non-micronized creatine. Overall, Jacked Factory Creatine is a great product that doesn't lose much to the rest of the products in this rating.

46.5Expert Score

Jacked Factory Creatine is an affordable, effective non-micronized creatine supplement that boosts exercise capacity and lean body mass, with the only drawback being limited packaging and poor solubility.

Creatine Type:
10
Solubility:
9
Nutrition Label Transparency:
9.5
Taste:
8
Price/ Quality:
10

Positives:

  • Great solubility

  • Affordable price per serving

  • Marked "Amazon's Choice"

Could be better:

  • There are complaints about not very good solubility

NOW Sports Creatine

  • Form: Powder
  • Type: Monohydrate (Micronized)
  • Other Ingredients: None
  • Price per Serving (for 5 g): ~$0.32
  • Servings per Container (for 5 g): 45, 120 or 200 servings
  • Company Founded: 1968
  • Recommended by Athletes: Samantha Show, Kasey Brown

NOW Sports is the third vegan creatine supplement with third-party certification in our ranking. Contains nothing but creatine monohydrate. Judging by the reviews about not very good solubility, this is non-micronized creatine monohydrate.

On the other hand, this product has undergone strict testing by Informed Sport and is therefore best suited for professional athletes who are tested for banned substances. The risks are minimal.

NOW Sports Creatine instagram

Photo by @cuzznmikey

You can choose 45 servings, 120 servings or 200 servings if you choose the powder form. This product is also available in capsule form, but it does not contain gelatin and is therefore considered vegan creatine monohydrate. 

46.5Expert Score

Overall, NOW Sports Creatine is a good product, with third-party certification and the second cheapest price per serving after Naked Creatine.

Creatine Type:
10
Solubility:
8.5
Nutrition Label Transparency:
10
Taste:
8
Price/ Quality:
10

Positives:

  • Tested for banned substances by Informed Sport

  • Available in powder and capsule form (both vegan options)

  • The second cheapest price per serving in this rating

Could be better:

  • Many complaints about poor solubility

Why Might Vegans Benefit More From Creatine Than Omnivores?

Vegetarians (especially vegans) have reduced muscle creatine stores compared to omnivores. Despite the fact that our body synthesizes ~1 g of creatine per day, this is not enough for muscle saturation, even in omnivores who consume about 1-2 g of creatine per day from the diet. Endogenous creatine synthesis and its intake from fish, red meat and poultry are still insufficient to saturate skeletal muscle with creatine, as even in omnivores creatine reserves in the muscles are filled by about 60-80%.

Given that the key dietary sources of creatine are red meat, fish and poultry, it is not surprising that vegetarians have been reported to have lower intramuscular creatine stores and therefore have more room for muscle saturation with creatine. If you're vegan (who avoids all animal products and eats only plant foods), you may have the most room to saturate your skeletal muscles with creatine. You see, plant foods are not vegan creatine sources, because this non-proteinogenic amino acid is absent in plants.

In fact, vegetarians have the largest potential for response to supplementation. Therefore, by adding creatine to diet and training regimen, they can expect to see greater improvements in such endpoints as increasing high-intensity training performance, strength, and lean mass gains than omnivores.

So if you're not already using creatine, you can significantly improve your results by adding this supplement to your plan. You can also expect additional benefits such as improved recovery after intense training, prevention of injuries and even brain neuroprotection.

wbcm man lifting

Which Form of Creatine Is the Most Studied and Safest?

As noted in the 2022 critical review by R. Kreider et al:

"Creatine Monohydrate continues to be the only source of creatine that has substantial evidence to support bioavailability, efficacy, and safety".

Some forms have some evidence to support bioavailability, efficacy and safety. Other forms have no evidence of efficacy, and for certain forms, such as Free Acid Creatine, scientific data is not provided or not available at all.

Tips From the Champ

Vegans can benefit from taking creatine, and these benefits can be even greater than omnivores. In order for the muscles to be saturated with creatine and you can improve your intensive training performance, as well as increase strength and lean muscle mass, we recommend creatine monohydrate.

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Forms With Some Evidence

Forms with some evidence include:

  • Creatine HCl (creatine hydrochloride)
  • Creatine Nitrate
  • Buffered Creatine Monohydrate (KreAlkalyn®)
  • Creatine Ethyl Ester
  • Magnesium Creatine Chelate
  • Creatine Citrate
  • Creatine Pyruvate

Forms With No Evidence

Forms with no evidence include: Creatine Serum, Creatyl-L-Leucine, Creatine Alpha-Ketoglutarate, Creatinol-O-Phosphate, Creatine Fumarate, Creatine Tartrate, Creatine Malate, Tri-Creatine Orotate and others.

Overall, some forms from the “Some Evidence” category have comparable effects on performance, but none of them showed better efficacy than good old creatine monohydrate. Moreover, some forms, such as Creatine Serum, are not bioavailable and have no creatine-related efficacy at all. Unfortunately, this form is still available on the supplement market.

The only advantage that is most often found in the scientific literature is that some creatine salts (e.g., creatine HCL) outperform monohydrate in terms of solubility in liquid. At the same time, micronized creatine monohydrate has better solubility than non-micronized.

Also keep in mind that creatine monohydrate is the cheapest form on the market.

gym athlete trainig

What to Look for When Choosing Creatine for Vegans?

To choose the best vegan creatine supplement, you need to pay attention to some details, one of which is of key importance for vegans.

Key Consideration: Powder vs Capsule

Have you ever wondered: "Is creatine vegetarian friendly"? In general, the powder form is suitable for vegans, because it is chemically synthesized from sarcosine and cyanamide, which does not contain any animal by-products. However, in the description of some products there is a disclaimer that the supplement was processed in a facility that also processes products of animal origin. Therefore, it is not superfluous to additionally study the information even for the powder form.

As for the capsule form, it depends on whether the capsule contains gelatin, as gelatin capsules are typically of animal origin. In addition, capsules sometimes contain magnesium stearate, which historically was made from rendered animal fat, but can now be made from plant-based products. On the other hand, some brands use cellulose or other components of plant origin for the production of creatine capsules. Such products can be considered plant-based creatine and suitable for vegans.

In general, it is better to study a specific product a little. Sometimes the mark "vegan" is indicated on the package, and sometimes this information is displayed on the manufacturer's website, for example, in the FAQ category.

athlete workout

Creatine Form and Third Party Testing

No form is better than monohydrate, and if you want a more soluble powder that does not settle in a thick layer on the bottom or on the walls of the glass, give preference to micronized creatine monohydrate.

Although creatine is usually a one-component supplement and contains nothing but creatine itself, third-party testing still minimizes the risks of purchasing a product that may contain banned substances or higher than permitted concentrations of contaminants. This is important both for those who care about minimizing their health risks and especially for professional athletes who pass doping control before competitions.

Informed Choice / Sports, as well as NSF for Sports and Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG) are internationally recognized third party testing organizations.

Number of Servings per Package

For convenience, it's best to buy a larger serving pack, especially if you are using a loading phase or are a larger athlete, who may need 5-10 g of creatine to maintain high creatine stores.

By buying a larger package, you will be able to provide yourself with creatine for several months ahead.

man training

Price per Serving

After you have made sure that you have a powder form or a capsule form of plant based creatine, choose the product that has the lowest price per serving. Ideally, the product should be tested for purity and absence of banned substances, and also be micronized for better mixing in the liquid.

FAQ

Is Vegan Creatine Effective?

There really is no such thing as “vegan creatine”, because it is synthesized chemically from substrates of non-animal origin. You just need to pay attention to the components used for the capsule forms of this supplement. And if you choose a powder form, see if it has not been processed in facilities that process products of animal origin.

Do Vegan Bodybuilders Use Creatine?

Of course, and as it was said before, vegans have an even greater potential to benefit from creatine than omnivores.

Conclusion

Vegans can benefit from taking creatine, and these benefits can be even greater than omnivores. In order for the muscles to be saturated with creatine and you can improve your intensive training performance, as well as increase strength and lean muscle mass, we recommend creatine monohydrate.

When choosing the best plant based creatine, look at the components beside creatine (plant vs animal-based components), form (monohydrate is best), whether it is micronized (for good solubility), and whether it has been third-party tested. Each of these points is perfectly matched by creatine from Promix (and it is also one of the cheapest in this rating), so this is my personal favorite in this ranking.

If you want to try the combination of creatine with HMB and get an additional dose of vitamin D (including it in the total daily intake), then pay attention to Creatine HMB from the Transparent Labs, which is the leader in the number of total points scored.

Which product from this rating do you like the most? It is very interesting to know your opinion in the comments!

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Oleksandr Maksymenko

Sports Nutritionist, MSc

Experience: 7 years

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