All you need to know about Creatine
What are the benefits of taking creatine?
Creatine is a very popular supplement among athletes and bodybuilders because of the way it increases muscle mass and strength performance, especially during high intensity workouts. The muscular strength it gives a person enables them to get bursts of energy and speed during running or weight lifting. When taken, creatine turns into creatine phosphate, which is then converted into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which gives the body energy for muscular contractions. We do produce some creatine naturally, but most of the creatine we need comes from a protein-rich diet.
What are the side effects of creatine?
Despite its popularity, there is still a lot we don't know about the effects of creatine. Some athletes and adolescents take more creatine than they should, without guidance from their doctor. Always consult your GP before taking creatine. Common side effects include fatigue, breathing problems, fever, headaches, nausea, upset stomach and rashes on the skin. If creatine is mixed with caffeine, it can increase the chances of side effects. Creatine shouldn't be taken by those who have diabetes, or those who are pregnant.
Is creatine a steroid?
Creatine should not be confused with steroids or bodybuilding powders or shakes. It is a natural substance that we can produce in our bodies, and is found in red meat, fish and other proteins, as well as within our own muscles.
Does creatine lower libido?
There is not sufficient or conclusive evidence to suggest that creatine affects a person's libido and testosterone or estrogen levels. While there have been theories that creatine lowers libido in men, these claims have not been backed up with official evidence.