Common Questions about Creatine
Common Questions about Creatine
Looking to increase those muscle and performance gains? Then you’ve probably heard about Creatine. At ATP Science, we formulate a tub of pure gold made from Creapure® Creatine Monohydrate. Here are the common questions we get about our product and how our customers can get the very best out of it…
1. What is Creatine Monohydrate?
Your body produces Creatine Monohydrate naturally—in your liver, pancreas and kidney. Those wanting to increase muscle mass, strength and endurance may take creatine supplements to generate adenosine triphosphate (or ATP for short). ATP boosts your energy, supporting greater performance as well as muscle recovery, growth and repair. To learn a little bit more about how Creatine Monohyrdate works, we recommend this article.
2. Why is Creapure® Creatine Monohydrate superior?
It’s pretty bold for any brand to confidently claim their product is the best in the world. But we have no hesitation here. In fact, we’re not sure why other sport supplement brands use any other type of creatine in their products.
- For one, Creapure® is German made (using strict proprietary processes) and is the purest, most precise, highest-quality micronised Creatine on the market.
- The fact that Creapure® is micronised means that it’s immediately easier for your body to absorb, store and access the Creatine you’re supplementing.
- Creapure® is also contaminant free. Unfortunately, many lower-quality creatine supplements are often found with dicyandiamide, dihydrotriazine, and creatinine.
- Creapure® is backed by extensive studies and clinical trials, proving that it is safe and effective as a muscle-building, performance and recovery sports food supplement.
- Produced by AlzChem, Creapure® is widely known and respected by the supplement industry and athletes worldwide.
3. Is ATP’s Creatine Monohydrate vegan-friendly?
100%. Typically, Creatine Monohydrate is naturally found in meat and fish. However, Creapure® is a plant-based formulation. This is ideal for everyone, including vegetarians and vegans who want to increase their store of Creatine Monohydrate without compromising on their dietary, health and lifestyle preferences.
4. How much Creatine should I consume?
Our recommendation? Take Creapure® Creatine Monohydrate as a pre or post-workout supplement. Even better, combine it with a premium protein powder and a carbohydrate to optimise your muscles’ ability to absorb the Creatine. Here’s our consumption guide (always consult with your trusted healthcare providers first).
- We recommend a serving of 3–5 grams 1–2 times a day.
- Consume immediately pre or post-workout.
- Combine with a protein powder or mix in with a beverage of your choice.
5. Are there any side effects to taking Creatine Monohydrate?
Like any sports food supplement, you want to ensure you are following consumption guidelines and your healthcare provider’s recommendations. Some reported side effects can include stomach cramps or nausea. Increasing your water intake or spacing out how much Creatine you take and when can relieve these side effects.
6. Is Creatine legal?
Yes—Creatine Monohydrate is classed as a legal dietary supplement. It is also considered to be a performance-enhancing drug, due to its ability to increase the availability of ATP stores. Because of this, Creatine has been banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It should be noted though (outside of the IOC), supplementing with Creatine alone is not a form of doping or cheating. Many premier athletes and bodybuilders around the world use Creatine safely as a legal performance supplement.
7. Why are some people suspicious of Creatine?
Over the years, there have been several myths and misunderstandings about Creatine. But more recently, Creatine has become one of the most-studied supplements on the market today. We can confidently answer some of the common myths or misconceptions around Creatine like:
- Question: Is Creatine classed as a steroid?
Answer: No! Even though Creatine has anabolic effects, it is naturally occurring in your body and made from amino acids.
- Question: Does Creatine cause water retention?
Answer: Now, this answer requires context. Studies have shown that Creatine causes water retention—but only for the first few days and only at higher doses. Additionally, more recent studies have shown that fluid retention isn’t an exclusively bad thing. Why? Because skeletal muscle mass growth requires a fluid build-up.
Question: Does Creatine harm your kidneys?
Answer: In a 1990s study, the test subject who took a creatine supplement just happened to have kidney disease. But the presence of creatine in safe doses doesn’t equal kidney disease. The name for the blood marker that does indicate kidney disease is called creatinine—a similar-sounding word, but a big difference!
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