Should I Use Creatine?
It’s time we clarify creatine.
For the past few decades creatine has been tossed around as either an unsafe and risky product or one the most beneficial health supplements ever to be produced.
Let’s dive into the research to debunk the myths and establish the facts.
What is creatine?
Creatine is a mixture of three critical amino acids glycine, arginine and methionine. It is naturally produced in the body and supplies our muscles with the necessary energy to contract.
Is creatine toxic?
No, creatine is 100% safe for regular use. Based on current research from Regina University and Truman State University, creatine does not harm the skeletal muscle, kidneys or liver. Truman State conducted an experiment via thorough blood analysis of 23 athletes and found no adverse reactions or side effects. 1 2
What are the benefits?
Creatine increases strength and power by allowing the muscles to store more of the high-energy molecule (ATP). Creatine is also known to help increase workout capacity, lessen fatigue and promote overall metabolic health. 1 4 5
Who can take creatine and what’s the recommended dosage?
People of all ages can reap the benefits of creatine. The most recommended and researched form is creatine monohydrate. Adults ages 16 and up should take 5 grams daily. For newborns and infants 400-800 milligrams is suggested due to the low content most children have and the deficiencies in their food. Creatine needs to be built up in the blood so the user should expect to see benefits within 7-14 days. 3 5
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