Creatine is one of the most researched and tested supplements on the market yet people still have misconceptions and taboo thoughts around the idea of consuming it. For that reason, we have decided to compile key information & frequently asked questions that we have received to make it as easy as possible to understand.
Starting with the most basic facts; Creatine is naturally produced in the body in small doses but can be consumed through food and supplementation to increase the dosage available to our energy systems. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is a molecule used to transport and release energy and creatine has the capacity to adjust ATP quicker when there is high availability due to supplementation. As a result we see the impact that creatine has on performance and strength.
What are the benefits of Creatine?
As previously noted, Creatine is one of the most research tested and proven supplement to improve performance, increase endurance capacity and build lean body mass. It has been proven to be particularly beneficial during short term, high intensity repeated exercise bouts such as max strength lifting or running.
Not only that, Creatine has also been proven to improve recovery, reduce injury, protect both the brain and spinal cord during contact sports and aid cognitive function and memory. It has also been associated with improving bone health and cholesterol levels.
When should I take it?
Creatine can be taken at any time of the day be it morning, evening, before, during or after exercise. Consistency is key so the main aim is to consume it each day regardless of the time you remember to take it at.
Can it be taken every day?
Yes it should be taken every day to reap the rewards. This supplement should be taken on both days that you exercise, or are resting. Even if you are taking a week off the gym and don’t find yourself moving as much – be sure to still take it !!
Do you put on weight from taking Creatine?
It is believed that you gain weight from Creatine, this is in fact not the case. Despite the fact you may show slightly heavier on the scales, this is more than likely due to water retention in your muscles than actual weight/fat increase.
Do you retain water while consuming Creatine?
Similarly to what we touched on above, it is possible that you could hold some water retention in the first few days of consuming creatine but this is due to the fact it encourages water to enter your muscles along with the creatine itself. We recommend you to increase your water intake in order to help flush out any excess fluid you may be holding onto.
Can I take Creatine with other supplements?
Yes, Creatine can be taken alongside any & every other supplement !
Is Creatine a steroid?
All in all, everyone no matter what your activity or age, should be consuming Creatine daily as part of your everyday routine. It can only but have a positive impact on your performance & health so why not!