posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 10:55 PM
Yeah, I agree the above post.
My first creatine experience was a mixed blessing. It really helped with hypertrophy and I could notice a little extra in my workouts. The problem I
ran into, as well as many others, was bloating, small amounts of cramping and some very weird chest and stomach pains, not to mention the fact that I
was drinking over a gallon of water a day.
What caused the problems? Two things. Firstly, the brand was GNC. 'Nuff said. The other, it was just regular old Creatine Monohydrate. I would
suggest supplementing with micronized creatine. This is a very high quality creatine. Quality makes a difference.
Another thing to remember, the loading phase can be harsh. Having to drink lots of water and taking close to 20g a day for 7 days can be tough.
Honestly, loading is not as neccessary as once thought. Plus, remember that these companies want you to consume more than you really need to so that
you have to purchase more creatine sooner. Right?
Also, unless you take your creatine with some sort of catalyst or carrier, all that creatine you take won't go where it needs to. That carrier is
Insulin. To be more specific, Dextrose or Sucrose. The directions on the label might tell you to take it with grape juice, however, fruit juices are
high in fructose and this particular sugar will not spike your insulin. So, grape juice would not really do you justice. Finding a good post
workout drink that has dextrose or maltodextrose would be the best. If not, just grab something with sucrose.
As far as adverse effects of creatine, there aren't any real studies that show creatine harming anyone. Long term studies are still being performed
though, so just take the 5g a day and you'll be good.