Should I Use Creatine?
Creatine Monohydrate is one of the most popular supplements on the store shelves today. It is widely used by bodybuilders, athletes, runners and basically anybody who wants an increase in performance and strength. Creatine has been scientifically proven to be substantially effective and provide massive results in short periods of time for those who want an extra edge either in the gym or on the field.
What is creatine?
Creatine is a naturally occurring compound in our body. It is produced in the body from L-arginine, L-glycine and L-methionine, these are amino acids that are found in animal proteins such as red meat and fish.
What does it do? What are the benefits of creatine?
Creatine has been proven to increase your lean muscle mass, increase endurance of muscles, and boost huge strength gains as well. It also aids in recovery of muscles and reduces lactic acid buildup in muscles during strenuous exercise. Another benefit why people tend to use creatine is the weight gain, and muscle size from water retention.
Should I Use Creatine?
Like some supplements out there, creatine is found in natural foods, but you would have to consume a considerable amount to even begin to benefit from it. As stated previously, people generally use it to gain weight and muscle size in a short period of time. Some have experienced massive gains in muscle size and strength in just one month of using creatine. Generally people experience 5-10lbs weight gain within the first month of using creatine monohydrate.
How much creatine is needed in a day and at what times?
Generally, when supplementing with creatine there are phases that are usually followed. The first 3 or 4 days are typically the ‘loading’ phase, where 10-15 grams of creatine are consumed in a day. The loading phase of 10-15 grams a day should be separated into 3-4 servings a day. (is it necessary to have a loading phase?
) The following 2-3 weeks are the ‘maintenance’ phase, where just 5 grams are needed a day, following the workout. Then weeks 4-8 are generally the end of the cycle where no creatine is being supplemented with. At the end of week 8 the cycle is usually started over again.
Are there harmful side effects of using creatine?
Everyone that has contemplated the use of creatine with their training has probably heard that creatine causes kidney stones, or will cause cancer or something along those lines. As with any supplement, Creatine is 100% safe and effective if supplemented properly. No studies have ever shown that creatine does any sort of damage to the human body. One thing that you must take in consideration when supplementing with creatine is to stay hydrated at all times. Creatine needs ample amounts of water to be properly stored and processed in the body.
NEAT FACTS ABOUT CREATINE: Other than providing the human body with lean muscle tissue, faster recovery, and weight gain, creatine has also been proven to :
- treat muscle weakness associated with congestive heart failure
- it benefits people suffering from neuromuscular disorders, such as muscular dystrophy, stroke, and the hardening of the arteries that feed the heart