Creatine Explained! By Hamza Anwar
"Hey bro are you on creatine?", "Creatine is the same as steroids", "If you take creatine, you are not natural". These are some of the things many of you have heard from people at the gym. Today I will be discussing the basics about what exactly creatine is and how someone can use it to increase their workout performance.
Creatine is a substance that is naturally occurring in muscle cells in the form of phosphocreatine. The more creatine one has in their muscles, the more ATP their body can produce which is the energy currency your body uses for various things. Higher levels of ATP allows for one to last longer during their workouts and perform better. Not only does creatine increase muscle mass through various mechanisms, it also may improve brain health by increasing phosphocreatine levels in the brain which may prevent neurological diseases. Creatine is actually one of the most studied and proven workout supplements along with caffeine which I will discuss in a future article.
When it comes to creatine, creatine monohydrate is the most researched and science backed form of creatine which I reccomend to everyone. Taking 5 to 7 grams of creatine a day is the reccomended dosage. The timing of taking creatine doesn't matter as it doesn't have an acute affect on the body rather it needs around 3 to 4 weeks to get saturated in the muscle cells which will then allow for better workouts and fuller muscles. Since, creatine bonds to water and draws it into the muscles, it is highly advisable to drink plenty of water to make sure you are not dehydrated. Lastly, there is no reason to cycle creatine as it has no detrimental or diminishing effects if it is used year round.
In conclusion, creatine is a well researched and proven supplement that is extremely affordable and should be a staple in anyone's supplement stack who is trying to optimize their performance and physique.
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