All Your Questions About Creatine Answered
Creatine has been around for a long time now, and it is one of the mostly widely used supplements for enhancing strength and workout performance. Even so, there's always a lot of questions asked about creatine. Hopefully the frquenctly asked questions posted below with answers will offer some help for those who are seeking answers.
Q: What is creatine?
A: Creatine is made from a combination
of the three amino acids arginine, glycine and methionine. Read more about creatine
monohydrate in this article
Q: What does it do?
A: The main function of creatine is providing
energy to your muscles for movements, especially quick and
explosive movements. Your body gets its creatine from food
and/or supplements. You can imagine then, that taking extra
creatine monohydrate will help you out during workouts.
Q: Should I take it and why?
A: It's your decision whether to take
creatine or not. Many (I'd say most) bodybuilders use creatine
some at point in their lives, and it does work. However,
before you start, find out all the facts
Q: Should I cycle creatine?
A: There is support for and against cycling
creatine, and you're going to hear different stories as
well. From personal experience, I'd say that most athletes
do cycle creatine. The beneficial effects taper
off after a period of time, and cycling does seem to help
fight that off. Read more on Creatine
use and creatine cycling here.
Q: What's the difference between
creatine serum and powder, and which is better?
A: This is a hot debate ever since creatine
serum was introduced to the market. The only major difference
between the two is that creatine serum is a liquid. Which
one works better? Some people swear by the liquid products,
while others prefer powders. To find out
facts about each, and help make your decision, read this
serum vs. creatine powder.
Q: Are there adverse side effects
of using creatine?
A: No studies have shown creatine to have
any serious adverse side effects. However, some studies
have shown atheletes to experience gas, bloating, and diarreah
problems with over using creatine. This problem went away
after lowering the amount of intake. No long term side effects
of creatine have been shown either. Positive effects include
more energy, strength, and weight gain.
Q: I heard about that creatine is
unstable in solution, is this true?
A: Yes, it's true that creatine is unstable
in solution. It eventually degrades to become creatinine,
a useless substance to your muscles. So it's recommended
that you shouldn't leave your creatine dissolved in water
or juice for too long (no longer than 6 to 8 hours).
Q: What is the best brand to use?
This is hard to say with so many types
and brands. However, here are some popular products that
people have had good results with: Prolab
Micronized Creatine, MuscleTech
Q: How much does it cost?
Again, this really depends on what you
plan on buying. Obviously, price is also a good indication
for quality (but not always). You can expect to pay around
$20 to $30 bucks for an average sized creatine - about 500g
to 1000g container. If you're price sensitive, shopping
online is a good idea - you'll usually find lower prices
than retail stores.
Q. Is micronized creatine just hype or is it really
A. Micronized creatine is very interesting. Basically,
it’s produced through a process that finely grinds
or “micronizes” the creatine particles themselves
into particles that are 10, 15, even 20 times smaller than
regular creatine particles. There’s no doubt that
micronized creatine dissolves better in liquid—this
just makes sense.
It’s also theorized that the smaller
particle size leads to easier and faster digestion and uptake
into the blood. Individuals who report stomach upset with
regular creatine intake almost always find the problem alleviated
by switching to the micronized version. Many of the top
creatine monohydrate products on the market—including
HSC—have already switched to using micronized
particles. This trend is likely to continue and accelerate
in the near future.
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