posted on Feb, 7 2006 @ 09:52 PM
Well creatine is not really a major health hazard. The only problems i know of are
1) Possilbe Muscle cramping
2) Liver damage
drinking about 8 glasses of water a day or some bottles will usually help filter out any build up in the liver or whatnot and correct problems, other
than that its completely safe except that is all that is known.
If you do plan an taking it take creatine, take the "creatine monohydrate" powder not the pills, the powder is more efficient.
Oh and here is little read on what creatine really is and what it does
What are the possible side effects of creatine monohydrate supplements?
Creatine is an amino acid made in the liver and stored in the muscles of the body. It is essential to the creation of adensine triphosphate molecules
(ATP), considered the primary carriers of energy that the body uses in physical activity. Several studies have determined that supplementation with
creatine monohydrate can enhance athletic performance by accelerating the rate of re-synthesis of ATP during and after high-intensity, short-duration
exercise. This translates into greater gains in muscle mass, strength, and sprint performance during intense athletic training.
The many scientific studies of creatine published over the past five years have found no deleterious effects or medical risk. While there have been
some isolated anecdotal reports of negative side effects, such as decreased sexual functioning, there appears to be no credible evidence challenging
One concern some researchers have is that with continuous supplementation the body might decline in its ability to produce creatine on its own. Some
indirect evidence of this was found in a study with rats. The study examined the "creatine transporter protein" which is responsible for uptake of
creatine into cells, and is a key in the regulation of cellular creatine homeostasis. Researchers found that chronic supplementation with creatine in
rats down-regulated their natural production of creatine transporter protein.
Another issue concerns the other ingredients that accompany creatine in various supplement products. You should compare labels of competing brands
carefully to determine whether you feel comfortable with the other ingredients.
Although no risks from creatine supplementation in humans have yet been found, we won't know about any long-term effects for some time to come
because the record of research is relatively recent. A conservative approach is to plan to use creatine only for limited periods before taking a
substantial break from it so the body can re-set to normal functioning.
if you take creatine, workout hard and "stretch", drink plenty of water you may actually come to look like this
of course you can also achieve that in normal training with a longer amount of time.
I took creatine before and i did notice a change in my body after a short time, i had a longer pump and my size increased. There is some debate about
cycling some people think that you should be on creatine all the time, and others say that it is best to use it for six weeks and take a 4 week break
or something than go back on it. I prefer the second one but in the 4 week phase you may notice a decrease in mass and strength ( this is why i
stopped taking creatine because i didn’t want to worry about if i would lose all my gains).
you can get the creatine either from a fitness/suplment store like GNC or order it offline from sites like
here some good sites with solid info:
be armed with knowledge