ยป What Is Creatine?

What Is Creatine?

What is Creatine and do I need it?

  • Grow your muscle mass faster and stronger.

Creatine is a naturally produced organic nutritional acid found primarily in the skeletal muscle in humans. Creatine is responsible for supplying energy to parts of the body, in particular to muscles. Generated largely from the consumption of meat, creatine acts as a way of energising muscles and helping muscle contractions. As a result, it is often taken as a booster in strength training and athletics.

If you’re looking to fast track your muscle growth, an increase of Creatine could be your answer. This naturally occurring acid is produced in the liver and kidneys and is transported through the blood to certain muscle groups being exerted at any particular time, meaning you can go harder and for longer, effectively increasing your muscle growth through intensified training.  

Creatine is safe to use when following the recommendations. It is an approved supplement by sports authorities and the Olympics

Is Creatine safe and effective?

Yes. Creatine has many double-blind clinical studies proving it's effectiveness.

If you’re participating in a sport or activity that requires short term boosts of power and energy such as body building or sprinting, Creatine can actively assist with powering your muscles to their maximum ability so you can achieve your best results possible.

How do I use Creatine to increase my muscle growth?

The basic use of Creatine Monohydrate involves loading or saturating your muscles with creatine powder. During the first week, take 20-30 grams per day and mix it with a non-acidic juice such as grape juice, or with water. After this period, which is known as ‘loading’, a regular intake of between 5-15 grams will keep your muscles saturated. Over the course of an extended period, you will basically skip the loading phase and just ease into regular boosts of Creatine.

Clinical studies have show that creatine is best absorbed by the body when there is a small insulin spike, so it's a good idea to mix a small amount of sugar or use a fruit juice with raw creatine. Some creatine products already come pre-mixed with sugar and flavourings, as well as other ingredients.

There are newer types of Creatine that don't require a 'loading' phase. These newer types of creatine include: Creatine Malate, Creatinol Phosphate, Creatine Hydrochloride, etc.

Is Creatine a safe supplement?

It has been found that short term use of Creatine as a muscle growth supplement to be safe and causes no harm to people of good health, as long as it is used within recommendations. It is however only recommended for short to medium term use. Creatine is proven to be beneficial to those people looking to grow their muscle strength and mass in short periods of time.

It’s also important that to drink enough water during the day when using creatine, because it  may contribute to dehydration – so drink at least 2 litres of water every day.

Creatine is approved for use in professional sport and is not listed as a banned substance by W.A.D.A.

Is Creatine safe for teenagers?

People under the age of 18 should seek medical advice and their parents permission before using creatine. In general, it is not recommended for teenagers to use creatine.

What is the best creatine type?

As mentioned previously, there are several types of creatine available, and more being developed and researched. Mostly creatine comes in a powder form, although some brands attempt to encapsulate it. Capsules may be easier to use, but tend to be less effective and more costly. Powdered form is best to use.

Here are some more popular types of creatine.

  • Creatine Monohydrate.
  • Tri-Creatine Malate.
  • Creatinol phosphate.
  • Creatine Hydrochloride.
  • Kre-alkalyn (ph-buffered creatine).
  • Creatine Alpha-Ketoglutarate.
  • Creatine Ethyl Ester.
  • Creatine Orotate.
  • Creatine Pyruvate.

What are popular brands of Creatine?

Some of our popular brands of creatine include:

Expert Advice on Creatine Supplements

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