The short answer: Yes, Cellucor C4 IS vegan.
It took me way too long to find that answer myself.
I kept reading mixed answers, with some saying that tons of vegan bodybuilders use it, and others saying it wasn’t because the creatine might be derived from animal sources.
Even different employees in Cellucor seem to be confused.
To get a definitive answer, I reached out and asked if Cellucor’s support team if Cellucor C4 uses a vegan source of creatine, here’s their reply:
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Thank you for contacting Cellucor! The Creatine Nitrate (NO3-T ®) is not derived from animal byproducts because it is made synthetically. Please let us know if you have any questions and have a wonderful day!
I even asked her to double-check because I’ve read conflicting statements. She quickly let me know:
“I verified with a colleague in Product Development that the Creatine Nitrate is synthesized.”
Here’s the full ingredient list for Cellucor C4 Original, the creatine nitrate is the only ingredient that was potentially not vegan friendly:
- CarnoSyn ® Beta- Alanine
- Creatine Nitrate (NO3-T ®)
- Arginine AKG
- Citric Acid
- Malic Acid
- Calcium Silicate
- Silicon Dioxide
- Natural Flavors
- Acesulfame Potassium
- FD&C Red Lake #40
Since it is synthetically made, it’s safe to say that Cellucor C4 is vegan.
However, some vegans still won’t want it because of the Red 40 in it, which is an artificial coloring – a controversial ingredient.
Artificial colors are surrounded by animal testing, so many make the argument that artificial colors are not vegan. I don’t think there’s a clear answer either way, so you’ll have to make your own call.
Other Vegan Friendly Pre Workout Alternatives to Cellucor C4
There’s quite a few vegan pre-workout supplements if you’re looking to try something new. Here are some of the most popular options:
- Cellulor C4 Ripped (pretty much C4 Original, just without the creatine)
- Mr. Hyde Pre-Workout (Both the NitroX and Intense Energy versions are vegan friendly)
- Vega Sport Pre-Workout Sugar-Free Energizer
Not all those products contain creatine. If that’s important to you, I’ve gone over some popular vegan friendly creatine options here.