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Is Creatine Safe? Complete analysis of Creatine.

Updated on January 2, 2015

Creatine Supplement

Creatine is supplement used by many athletes across the country (and world). Creatine as a supplement was discovered by researchers from Harvard University at the beginning of the 20th century. By 1920, it was obvious that creatine helped build skeletal muscle. However, creatine made its debut in 1992; with a featured article in Times magazine and BodyBuilding magazine. The article also mentioned various Olympic gold medal winners that used creatine. Now, in the 21st century, creatine is one of the widest used supplements in the world. 

Types of Creatine

The types of creatine are: Creatine Monohydrate, Creatine Citrate, Creatine Phosphate, Creatine Malate, and Creatine Ethyl Ester (CEE). The three highly used types of creatine is Creatine Monohydrate, CEE, and Kre-Alk. 

Creatine Monohydrate

Creatine monohydrate is the most widely used and popular creatine supplement. Creatine monohydrate is mixed with water, delivers creatine to muscle tissues. Results have been achieved while taking creatine monohydrate. The great thing is that creatine monohydrate can come in a tasteless version that can be added to grape juice, water, etc.

CEE

This is another widely used creatine supplement. It used to be highly regarded as the best creatine supplement, however, recent studies have shown that the ethyl ester accelerates creatines’ breakdown to creatinine. Creatinine is toxic to the human body, so stay away from this creatine supplement.

Kre Alkalyn

This creatine is advertised as the safest and most effective creatine. These statements have not been conclusively proven. Basically, Kre Alkalyn is “buffered” creatine. It is currently advertised as creatine without any side effects (mainly, no bloating). However, the effectiveness versus creatine monohydrate is under question.

Is Creatine Safe?

Yes, creatine is safe. However, like with many supplements, taking too much is harmful. Side effects of creatine is water retention (this is true with creatine monohydrate and CEE). Some people have experienced reduced energy after taking creatine for four months and then stopping suddenly.

Is creatine a steroid?

No. Not at all.

Can creatine increase testosterone in the body?

Yes it can. Degree of testosterone spike is not overly notable, although it appears to be present

Creatine and Mental Performance

Creatine has been proven to significantly increase cognitive and memory performance (in double blind tests involving vegetarians). No inherent benefit to omnivore cognition appears apparent. It may also benefit cognition in the sleep deprived.

Where can I get Creatine?

You can get Creatine in almost any store or online.

Creatine Monohydrate

Kre-Alkalyn


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