Creatine is one of the most researched supplements to ever hit the industry, it is one of the safest and most effective supplements out there for a good reason. It works!
Have you ever walked in your front door with a container of creatine and your parents instantly accuse you of using steroids? Good news, you can now show them this blog, prove them wrong and prevent being disowned again.
What is creatine?
By definition, creatine is a compound formed in protein metabolism and present in much living tissue. It is involved in the supply of energy for muscular contraction.
Ok, what does that mean?
This means that creatine is a substance that is found NATURALLY in muscle cells and is used to help your muscles produce energy during heavy lifting or high-intensity exercise.
Where is creatine found?
1. The human body
- Beleive it or not the human body manufactures creatine on its own.
- Steak especially has a very high creatine content, about 5 grams per kilogram of uncooked beef.
How can it help me?
Like we discussed earlier, creatine is great to produce more energy output for muscular contraction, meaning a few extra reps at the gym. But there are also many other benefits of creatine outside of the gym as well;
- Increases memory
- Increases energy in diabetics
- Decreases neurological issues
Common creatine myths
1. Creatine causes liver and kidney damage
- Studies have concluded that creatine does NOT have a negative impact on the liver and kidneys.
2. Creatine causes dehydration
- Wrong! Creatine is known to increase the total amount of water in the body, which would increase hydration.
3. Creatine leads to weight gain
- This is true to an extent. You may initially see the number on your scale increase due to water being pulled into muscles, however, this commonly happens only when you are creatine LOADING. When you are using creatine and performing resistance training you may, in fact, add lean body mass to your physique. That doesn't sound bad, does it? In conclusion, you will not BLOW UP by using creatine!
4. Creatine must be cycled
- Not true, you'll actually benefit from taking it on a consistent basis (daily).
5. Creatine is a steroid
- The ultimate question. I'm about to blow your mind, are you ready? NO, creatine is not a steroid.
There it is everyone! I hope this cleared up any question you had, and now you know you are ALL safe to use creatine.