Creatine Side Effects

Posted by Zeus in Facts about Creatine on 07-03-2012

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What Are The Side Effects From Creatine?

Americans use more than 10 million pounds of creatine each year. Creatine is a chemical that is produced by the body and normally found in muscles. You can also get creatine from different foods like fish and meats. You can also get creatine from supplements!

Some of the worlds best athletes take creatine because they feel it helps them with their training. There are plenty of scientific studies done that prove increased performance for those that use creatine.  Creatine is allowed by the International Olympic Committee, NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and all professional sports.

Research shows that creatine is most effective in high-intensity training and explosive activities. This includes weight training and sports that require short bursts of energy, such as sprinting, football, and baseball.

It is one of the most researched substances and there is no evidence that it is harmful to the body if used properly, just like any other supplement. Some people have reported different side effects after taking creatine, so lets explore those!

Creatine has different effects on every individual. Some people just don’t respond to creatine—it’s a genetic thing. How do you know if your body responds well to creatine? In about 2 weeks, if your training volume increases, than it is working for you. If you notice no difference in 2 weeks, than your body will not benefit from creatine!

Going back to side effects, the majority of people do not have any side effects, but some people report the following side effects:

Creatine Side Effect: Weight Gain

It is almost certain that if you use creatine you will gain weight. Creatine causes the muscles to hold water, and as a result you will gain weight. In the first week of taking creatine you will probably gain 2-3 pounds due to retaining water. After that, because you will have more energy to increase your workouts and in the case of lifting weights you will start lifting more weight, you will increase your muscle mass. That obviously will also increase your weight!

Creatine Side Effect: Stomach Pain

There are some people that report having stomach pain when they take creatatine.

Creatine Side Effect: Nausea

Some people report having nausea when taking creatine

Creatine Side Effect: Diarrhea

Diarrhea is another side effect that some people report having when taking creatine

Creatine Side Effect: Cramps

Cramping is another side effect that some people experience when taking creatine.

Creatine Caution:

High doses of creatine is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. There is some concern that it could harm the kidney, liver, or heart function. However, a connection between high doses and these negative effects has not been proven. If you follow directions that should not be an issue.

Make sure though that you go thru a washout period. In other words, if you take creatine for 1 month, make sure you stay of it for 1-2 months and than start again. That is recommended regardless if you have any health issues or not.

Pregnant women or women that breast feed. We do not have a lot of research on the use of creatine by pregnant women or breast feeding women, so play it safe and stay of it!

Don’t use creatine if you have kidney disease or diabetes. There is some concern by the research community that if you have any type of kidney disease, using creatine might make it worst. Additionally, diabetes increases your chance of developing a kidney disease, so stay off creatine also just to be on the safe side!