Creatine is a steroid! It will make you jacked like Mr. Olympia, and it’s sold at your local convenience store! That’s their secret. Those massive titans, weighing around 300 pounds of solid mass take Creatine to make themselves hulking man-beasts.
No no no no!
Creatine is not a steroid. This is not to make fun of those who may have thought it was a steroid, but steroids are entirely different. Steroids have an extreme androgenic-anabolic (Anabolic refers to increased growth and androgenic refers to enhanced male characteristics) effect on the human body, whereas, Creatine does not. Chemically, they do not have any structural similarity whatsoever. So, they are different in both the scientific and the social definition. Creatine will not provide you with unholy amounts of muscle mass, but it does provide numerous benefits.
It is one of the most well-researched supplements on the market, with not only performance-enhancing effects, but also neuroprotective (Brain protecting) and cardioprotective (heart-protecting) properties.
Creatine is a compound that is naturally produced by our bodies. It is made up of three aminos: L- arginine, L-glycine, and L-Methonine.
Supplemental versions, basically, will increase ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) regeneration. ATP is our cells immediate energy source and is rapidly depleted when exercising. Creatine in our cells serves to regenerate ATP by donating a phosphorous molecule to ADP (Adenosine diphosphate), which in doing so turns it back into ATP. Higher ATP regeneration allows us to work out at a higher intensity for a longer duration of time. This allows you to push out a few more reps on a bench press, or sprint for a longer period of time.
There are multiple forms on the market today. The most well studied, and the form with the most proven benefit would be Creatine Monohydrate. Not only is it proven to be the most effective, it also happens to be the cheapest. Other forms of Creatine, such as Hydrochloride, Ethyl Ester, Nitrate, etc, are usually more expensive and do not have a lot of clinical backing supporting their efficacy, or that they are superior to the Monohydrate variant.
Creatine for some odd reason seems to get a bad rap. Maybe because the pure white powder looks a little too much like cocaine?
Basically, when supplementing with cocaine Creatine, a loading phase of about 5 servings a day spaced throughout the day (25 grams) for about five days will help saturate the cells and allow for the effects to come much more quickly. The loading phase is not required, but it may take a couple weeks to properly build up within the cells. After the loading phase, it is best to make sure that a maintenance dose of 1 serving a day (5 grams) is taken to make sure the cells remain saturated. If it is discontinued, the body will get rid of any excess.
Creatine is one of the safest supplements on the market with proven benefits backed by many clinical studies. There is no reason that somebody shouldn’t take it.
Bottom line: Suppledo this supplement.