How Does Creatine Affect Performance?
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Will_E_Riggs]Will E Riggs
Nearly everyone in the gym population uses it. The fact is, not many people actually knows what it does. If you could record 15 gym conversations in 15 different states, you would receive different opinions each time. You’d hear things like “creatine is a steroid”, or “creatine is a mass builder; it builds muscle for you.” Most of the things you’ll hear that it does are 99.9% wrong. Creatine is NOT a steroid and creatine is NOT dangerous!
If someone accuses you of taking steroids when on creatine, then accuse them of the same. Why? Because everyone that has a body has creatine in them. Creatine is a high energy molecule that is given to the body through meats, particularly red meats, that can be broken down to used ATP when the anaerobic glycosis can not longer meet its requirements for energy outside of he mitochondria.
Now, creatine has several other functions than just ATP production. Creatine does things like draw extra protein to the muscle for faster recuperation; it also draws a significant amount of water. This “water” that is drawn through creatine often results in a bulkier look for muscles, but it is not extra muscle that magically appears through taken a supplement; it is just water weight.
There are many forms of creatine and their effectiveness will vary. One of the most recognized and most sold forms of creatine is simply creatine monohydrate. “Creatine monohydrate” is the most pure and simplest form of creatine and is also the cheapest form you can buy. You’d be crazy to walk past monohydrate and go to a more expensive creatine like cell-tech or cell-mass (we’ve all done is once before) because they are just an overpriced mono.
The different forms of creatine serve different purposes; for instance, a micronized creatine has its molecules further broke down (hence, micronized) so that more people will respond from it. Creatines extra water retention can also lead to negative side effects like diarrhea. It just depends on the person and their response, but if you did not respond from monohydrate, which is tasteless by the way, then you could try micronized creatine.
The other acceptable form of creatine, which is relatively cheap, is creatine ethyl ester (CEE). If you didn’t respond adequately from monohydrate or micronized then you may want to look into CEE; it is supposed to be for people that did not respond from other forms of creatine.
Will “MVP” Riggs
Personal Trainer, Nutrition Consultant
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