Creatine was one of the first amino acids to be discovered and formally studied. It is the most researched amino acid to this day, and its effects on health are far reaching. It improves over 20 different health markers. It has NEVER been found to be “dangerous” for anyone to take creatine, nor is it a “steroid”. Creatine is an amino acid, not a hormone (anabolic steroids are hormones).
A Background History of Creatine
Creatine was discovered in 1832, by the French Scientist Chevreul. He isolated it while studying meat, and named it Creatine, as Kreas is greek for flesh (meat being animal flesh). The German scientist Justus von Liebig later confirmed that Creatine is a regular constituent of meat. Interestingly, he found that in wild animals, creatine levels were 10x higher than in captive bred animals. He suggested that physical activity may have an influential role in this.
Creatine went on to be vigorously studied, and the list of positive effects it has is massive.
Improves strength and fitness in daily activities in the elderly
Increases growth of lean body mass (muscle)
Speeds up recovery after times of immobility
Creatine improves mental performance and focus
Creatine has direct antioxidant properties
Creatine has neuroprotective effects
Beneficial for children with autism
Creatine improves tissue hydration
Creatine increases anaerobic power
Creatine increases anaerobic endurance
Can improve bone health
Can improve liver health
Can reduce perceived fatigue
And this is not a comprehensive list at all. These are simply its most proven benefits.
A Nutrishop brand of creatine I got 5 months ago
What does creatine actually do?
Creatine is an amino acid that stores phosphate, called phosphocreatine. Creatine can be found in all lean body mass (muscles, organs, and bones). Phosphate is used in the anaerobic energy pathways, and this is why creatine increases, power, strength, and explosivity.
Creatine also is water soluble. It increases hydration levels in muscle tissue, which improve muscular function.
“I dont know what any of that means.”
Read a human a biology textbook then. And I hope you now regret not paying any attention to science in high school.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Creatine Safe to use? YES. Creatine is the safest and most proven supplement in exist.
Is creatine a steroid? NO. Creatine and anabolic steroids are two completely different molecules.
I heard creatine can be bad for your kidneys? FALSE. There has never been anything in the research that shows this happening.
Does Creatine make you go bald? No. Only if you are already prone to Male Pattern Baldness could creatine potentially make you lose your hair faster than you already are
Are there special kinds of creatine? NO. Creatine HCL, Creatine Ethyl-ester, Kre-alklyn, these are all marketing bullshit designed to make you spend money.
Do I need to time creatine? NO. You can take it any time of day
Do I need to load creatine? NO. Take 5 grams. Take 3 grams if you are female.
Is creatine only for men? NO. Women can take creatine also.
Can teenagers take creatine? YES. Anyone of any age can take creatine
Does creatine cause bloating? Not unless you are dehydrated. Any water rentention effects are short term.
What Creatine Do I Recommend?
First off, do not get capsules. They are a waste of money. Second, powder is cheap, pure, and most any mainstream brand will be high quality.
I typically order almost all my supplements from BulkSupplements.com. They are very affordable, you order off Amazon, and I’ve never had an issue with any product being of low quality.
If you don’t want to order online, you can walk into any supplement store and get Creatine monohydrate for cheap. A 500 gram container will last you 100 days. A kilogram bag bag will last for 200 days, if you take it every day. For $30 you get a years worth supply. Creatine is CHEAP.
Questions? Let me know