Guys...trust me...all of those stories of creatine causing irregular heartbeat, being addicted, etc, are not true. Any health problems people have
noticed while on creatine were because they already had something wrong with them. Steak has creatine in it, it is natural. You also can't become
addicted to creatine. As for the dosages, it doesn't matter how much you take, it won't be worse for you. Rather, it would be a waste of creatine.
Some people I know take 20g every day. Once your muscles reach a certain "saturation" point, it makes no difference how much you take each day, as
long as you maintain the saturation. (this can be done in as little as 5g a day, but some people like more. if you weigh more then this might be
wise). As for loading, it doesn't increase any kind of health risks. It simply speeds up the saturation process, therefore giving you the benefits
faster than starting out at a low dosage. When it comes to cycling, there are many people who stay on creatine all the time. Since your body
produces its own, I would reccomend to go off it every couple months or so, just so your body restarts its own production instead of relying on
supplemental creatine. Your diet already contains a small amount from eating red meat however, so it isn't anything new.
Protein vs Creatine? Protein and creatine are completely different...protein is essential for building muscle. If you simply want extra power,
creatine would be fine. If you want to build muscle, you need protein first of all, then creatine. You should be getting lots of protein every day
for muscle building, but you wont notice a different "feeling" when taking protein supplements, as it is simply food in my mind. Creatine you can
tell that you are using it, usually.
I am using this creatine right now from prolab:
It is the Creapure brand guaranteed as pure as it gets. Loading is up to you, you might as well do it because you will see faster results. After
that 5g a day would be fine for maintenance.
The only actual side effects documented to be from creatine use that I am aware of, are stomach aches/digestive problems (this is only with certain
people who are sensitive and take large amounts at once), and also cramping (from not drinking enough water). The fear of tearing tendons and
ligaments from the huge amount of weight you will be able to lift is for STEROID users. Creatine will not give you great strength gains. It will
help, but not enough for you to worry about that. Steroids can make people go up sometimes 50lbs. or more on say bench press in a month, which can be
bad because your body doesn't adapt to the new weight that fast. Creatine is not a steroid.