The Effects of Creatine on a Bodybuilder’s Physique

Creatine, arguably the most powerful, legal, sports supplement on the market for over a decade, is not much more than a combination of amino acids. Creatine was not invented by any supplement company it was discovered in 1835 by a French scientist and philosopher named Michel-EugèneChevreul. While there are many benefits to Creatine beyond exercise (brain, heart, the body's production of growth hormone, anti-aging effects, fatigue, muscle atrophy, Parkinson's disease and more) many bodybuilders look for the immediate physical results of this dietary sports supplement. Let's take a look at the effects of Creatine on a bodybuilder's physique.

How Creatine Supplements Affect Muscle Growth

I'm sure by now that you are well aware of the popular sports supplement called Creatine. What you may not be aware of is how Creatine supplements effect muscle growth. Let's start by looking at the most basic requirement of building muscle. It's called exercise. What's needed for exercise is energy. Energy is simply the capacity for doing more work. Because building muscle takes energy, Creatine supplementation and the saturation of Creatine in your body's stores helps give you more energy when you need it most. Those last few repetitions at maximal power when you are at muscular failure.

Creatine and the Safety for Teenagers

Continually in the news people see the questions about creatine and the safety for teenagers.  Especially in high school sports where in some cases the supplement has been banned. In fact, the best general article to read when it comes to creatine side effects is The Truth About Creatine Side Effects. You'll certainly understand when you read that creatine article that in general, the side effects of this supplement are minor and usually related to stomach discomfort. This rule applies to "individuals" in general. But I'm getting ahead of myself... Creatine is not a steroid. Creatine is a naturally occurring substance is...

Your Supplement Checklist

The question I receive several times a year is What supplements should I take? I'll refrain from talking about brand names and such as I think we all have our opinions on those and many times price is a factor.  Let's just stick to the overall basics. So let's begin...

Dangers of Creatine – Some of the Reported Side Effects

Often thought of just a bodybuilding supplement, years of research show that Creatine is more than just a sports supplement. There's benefits not just to workouts, but brain function, heart health and more recently, potential benefits to arthritis. But what is Creatine exactly? Creatine is a nutrient naturally found in all our bodies. It is a combination of 3 amino acids; arginine, glycine and methionine. Creatine helps provide the energy our muscles need to move, particularly quick and explosive movements. Muscle contraction is initially fueled by ATP (adenosine-triphosphate ). Nevertheless, like every other non-FDA sanctioned properties, there are concerns that Creatine is unsafe. Dangers...
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Protein H2O

Protein H2O comes from Cytosport, the makers of Muscle Milk.  This beverage is set to compete with other flavored protein waters currently on the market.  Shown here are just 2 of the 5 flavors.  Grape and Grapefuits.  This is 60 calories and 10g of whey protein isolate. The #1 ingredient? purified water Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 16 fl oz Servings per Container: 1 Calories per serving: 60 Total Fat: 0g Sodium: 25mg Potassium: 50mg Total Carbohydrates: 6g Dietary Fiber: 5g Sugars: 0g Protein: 10g Calcium: 6% Ingredients: Purified water, whey protein isolate (derived from milk), digestive resistant maltodextrin, (soluble dietary fiber), natural flavors, fruit and vegetable juice extract (color), phosphoric acid, citric acid, sucralose, potassium citrate,...

Creatine Facts

Today I received somewhere around the 100th question (comment) regarding Creatine.  It went something like this ... "Never mix Creatine with protein and or Glutamine it is actually bad for you and if you don't believe me look it up" As a matter of fact, I did look it up in the resource I purchased about a year ago called Creatine: The Practical Guide. This guide, written by Alfredo Franco-Obregón, PhD is by far, the best single resource on Creatine and research behind it and how to properly use this bodybuilding supplement. While there is even more promising research beyond just muscular aspect of...
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Can Creatine Cause Kidney Damage?

Hopefully you are familiar with the sports supplement Creatine.  If not, you can learn more on how to use creatine. Update 1: I will post any studies related to this post here.  I won't leave anybody left wondering. Update 2: There are a few documented cases.  It involved those with pre-existing conditions of kidney (renal) issues known or unknown and one case of misuse of the product and taking too much.  No matter, they qualify as documented cases of creatine induced kidney damage. Here's some references: Pritchard, N. R. & Kalra, P. A. (1998) Renal dysfunction accompanying oral creatine supplements. Lancet, Volume 351, pages...
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Monster Milk RTD

Cytosport’s latest edition to the Monster line… Monster Milk RTD is finally live! As of June 11th, 2009, Cytosport ran their first batches of this high quality, high content protein aimed at the bodybuilder who wants it all, in a single RTD container. IMPORTANT: Each bottle is 2.5 servings!  This is ideal for 50% 1hr before a workout and 1hr after. But keep in mind.. this is TWO and a HALF servings. Monster Milk RTD Flavors: Vanilla Chocolate ... more? Monster Milk RTD Supplement Facts: (Photo of Supplement Label) At 310-350 calories and 50g of protein per bottle, this  a pre-workout and post-workout nutritional supplement that covers all the...

Introducing the Monster Family

In 2009, Cytosport released a new line of products called "Monster."  Their intent was to cater to the high end bodybuilder who wanted the best quality stuff.  The first born was Monster Mass. Mid-2009, Cytosport has done it again with 3 new family members! Welcome... Monster Amino: 5000mg BCAA Goodness! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375" caption="Monster Amino by Cytosport"][/caption] Let's not get too technical as I've not done a full taste test yet but here's what the label claims: L-Lsoleucine 1.25g L-Leucine 2.5g L-Valine 1.25g Sure there's some calories upwards of 120 but less than 1g of sugar. Monster Pump: 17g + Cellular Volumizing Complex [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375" caption="Monster Pump by...