What is it?
The effects of creatine as a supplement are debated as the supplement has not been widely studied. However, many health professionals caution against the use of creatine. About 2 grams of natural creatine is produced in your liver, kidneys and pancreas everyday. Creatine is used to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – a molecule responsible for providing energy to your muscles.
Additional creatine is usually obtained in your diet via meat or fish. When taking creatine supplements people will typically report gaining a few pounds of weight immediately, however this initial weight gain is water weight, not muscle. There have been studies that indicate increased athletic performance as well as increased strength, but it is unknown whether or not these side effects are purely psychological. Furthermore, creatine has been known to cause dehydration and in some cases there have been reports of side effects that include seizures, irregular heartbeat and cramping. Like the benefits of creatine, these side effects have not specifically been proved to be a direct result of ingesting the supplement.
How to use it
Based on the unproved facts and potential for side effects, the use of creatine is often cautioned against. Those who do take it use pills or mix creatine powder into water, juice or shakes. The proper dosage is not known and dosage directions have been reported in a wide variety."
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