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Creatine; The Secret Killer!

"Creatine
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."

This made me laugh.

That has to be the biggest bs opening line I’ve ever seen. There have been numerous studies about creatine and it’s effects, there was actually an article in the late 90’s about a gentleman who had been using creatine since the 80’s, right when creatine became the magic supp of the 90’s, and it described what he did and what he used.

Granted said article was in muscle and fiction but I still remember it.

[quote]Brant_Drake wrote:
it is unknown whether or not these side effects are purely psychological.

This made me laugh.[/quote]

This really made me laugh.

There are a lot of people writing a lot of crap these days.

Well this just confirms it. bballchamp was right.

dehydration…Yet it says you gain water weight. Are you that fucking stupid? drink some water. problem solved.

[quote]Brant_Drake wrote:
"Creatine… 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… [/quote]

Only a problems if you do something really stupid like wearing a sweatsuit while exercising in a sauna to get your fat ass down to another weight class…

I guess the gene pool’s chlorine treatment is overdue.

I actually find that im not as thirsty when on creatine vs off. Also i think i dont have to urinate as frequently.

[quote]Brant_Drake wrote:
The effects of creatine as a supplement are debated as the supplement has not been widely studied. [/quote]

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It almost seems as though the creatine bashing by the mainstream media and population is largely due to the fact that they feel as if everyone should be as fat or lazy or weak and they like to be. Kind of like beating up the kid with the better bicycle that what you have and trashing it so that he has the same piece of crap as you. Well, that and a total lack of knowing what the hell they are really writing about.

[quote]djoh615893 wrote:
It almost seems as though the creatine bashing by the mainstream media and population is largely due to the fact that they feel as if everyone should be as fat or lazy or weak and they like to be. [/quote]

I don’t think they’re beating on anyone, but you do have the lazy part absolutely correct.

Instead of doing actual research on a subject like REAL journalists, they simply regurgitate the same garbage as everyone else. Why track some actual info down, when you can pull a story off from an API site or tickertape and spout it off as your own?

Obviously, when you simply parrot research that was half-assed to begin with, you cannot get a story that’s anywhere near factual.