It’s safe to say that most of us have heard of creatine at one point or another. Whether you are very familiar or maybe you have just heard of it in passing, creatine has been around and talked about for decades. It's quite possibly the most researched and effective sports supplement in the world.
But what exactly is creatine?
What does it do?
Should I use it?
Is it safe?
Today, I’m going to explain more about what creatine actually is, what it does for you as a supplement, and cover some “facts and fiction” in regard to creatine supplementation.
To keep it simple, creatine is a molecule that is produced naturally in the body from amino acids. It is naturally occurring in EVERYONE. That’s right … even you! You can think of supplementing with creatine, as basically topping off the “tank” in your body.
By supplementing with creatine ... you’re providing your body with enough in order to fully utilize its benefits more effectively!
There is quite a bit that goes into what creatine is actually doing within the body ... for example: creatine helps with exercise performance by rapidly producing and recycling energy during intense activity.
“Dude … What does that mean?” Basically, it helps provide you with more strength and power during exercise, which is never a bad thing right?! Creatine has also been shown to improve cognitive function and decrease mental fatigue as well!
Now as far as fact and fiction goes … there are many, many myths associated with creatine. In fact, all the negative aspects associated with creatine that you may or may not be familiar with, are in fact all FICTION.
There are no known negatives or side effects associated with Creatine supplementation. Remember what I said earlier … Creatine is one of the most WIDELY RESEARCHED products.
Everything from water weight, bloat, falsely claiming it is a performance enhancing “drug”, claims of un-realistic size and strength gains while using the supplement, to even loosing size and strength after using the supplement, just to name a few.
Yep … there is no scientific backing to those claims.
There are also debates over which type of creatine to use ... Don’t complicate it. If you choose to supplement with creatine, simply use the most cost effective and most researched form, which is creatine monohydrate.
In fact, if you have goals of strength, performance or just improving your workouts in general … YOU SHOULD BE USING CREATINE. PERIOD. Creatine is also safe for men or women … no matter your goals!
Remember, all the myths surrounding creatine are just that … MYTHS. It is an incredibly effective supplement, no matter what results you are looking to achieve. Another reason why creatine is recommended, is that it is also EXREMELY affordable. With the affordability, ease of use, and the benefits, there really is no reason to justify creatine not being a staple in your supplement regimen.
If you are struggling with your plan, looking to switch up your routine, or anything health related whatsoever … we at Supplement Superstores are here to help.
Just reach out to our Sports Nutrition Specialists and we will do whatever we possibly can to get you the results you desire!
**This article was written by Andrew Lynn. Andrew is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has a bachelor’s in science nutrition and Dietetics.
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