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The Benefits of Creatine Supplements
Creatine is a compound that occurs naturally in the body, primarily in skeletal muscle. Creatine’s function is to serve as a precursor to adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the form of chemical energy used by all cells. Body stores of creatine create a pool of readily available ATP for energy, which is necessary for fueling quick bursts of power and strength. Studies have demonstrated that creatine supplementation can help to maintain existing muscle tissue, support the growth and development of lean mass, and promote optimal performance during short bouts of intense exercise. NOW® Creatine Monohydrate has no additives or preservatives.
What is Creatine?
Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that helps to supply energy to all cells in the body, but most especially muscle cells. It occurs naturally in vertebrates and helps to recycle adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the main source of cellular energy.* Ninety-seven percent of Americans get their creatine through meat and fish consumption.* The other three percent can synthetically produce it in the liver, pancreas, and kidneys from the amino acids glycine, arginine, and methionine.* A small amount can also be found in some fruits and vegetables. Supplementing with creatine is the only way vegans can obtain it because it does not occur naturally in plants.
How Does Creatine Work?
Creatine works by increasing the availability of ATP in the body.* It does this by providing a “ phosphate group” that recycles ATP back into its energetic state.* This means that muscles have more energy available to them so they can work harder for longer periods of time.* When levels of ATP are increased, muscles are able to contract with more force which results in greater strength and power output.* In addition to improving exercise performance, Increasing levels of ATP also promote gains in lean mass by stimulating protein synthesis and cell hydration which triggers cell volumization—a process where individual cells swell with water drawing nutrients inside.*
Are There Any Side Effects Associated with Taking Creatine?
Creatine is one of the most extensively studied nutritional supplements with over 500 safety studies conducted on it over the past 30 years—making it one of the safest sports nutrition supplements currently available on the market.* Most people who supplement with it don’t experience any negative side effects.* The most common side effect associated with creatine supplementation is weight gain due to water retention but this side effect is temporary and will go away once supplementation has stopped.* Some people may also experience gastrointestinal upset such as bloating, cramping or diarrhea but this can be minimized by slowly increasing your dosage or taking it with food. If you have any kidney issues or are taking any medication please consult your doctor before supplementing with creatine as it could interact negatively with certain medications.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
If you’re looking for a nutritional supplement that has been proven to be safe and effective at improving exercise performance, then creatine is a good option for you. Creatine has been shown to increase levels of ATP in the body which provides muscles with more energy so they can work harder for longer periods of time. It has also been shown to promote gains in lean mass by stimulating protein synthesis and cell hydration. Most people who supplement with creatine don't experience any negative side effects but some may experience gastrointestinal upset such as bloating, cramping or diarrhea. If you have any kidney issues or are taking any medication please consult your doctor before supplementing with creatine as it could interact negatively with certain medications.
Suggested Usage: Mix 1 1/2 level teaspoons in fruit juice or other sweetened liquid 3 to 4 times daily, before and after exercise, for the first 7 days. Thereafter, for maintenance use, consume 1 to 3 times daily. Allow 3 to 4 hours between doses. For continuous use beyond 28 days, use one serving daily. Consume plenty of fluids with this product.
Store in a cool, dry, dark place after opening.
Serving Size: 1 1/2 Level Teaspoons (approx. 5 g)
Servings Per Container: about 200
Description Amount per Serving % Daily Value
Creatine Monohydrate 5 g (5,000 mg)
**Daily Value not established.
Other Ingredients: None.
Not manufactured with yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
Caution: For adults only. Consult physician if pregnant/nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition (especially kidney condition). Keep out of reach of children.
Natural color variation may occur in this product.
This product is sold by weight not volume.
Packaged and quality tested in the USA.
Store in a cool, dry, dark place after opening.