Creatine:Myths and Facts

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Aug 08, 2014

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If you are planning to take creatine but aren't sure because of all that you have heard about it, this guide on the myths and facts about it will tell you exactly what you are dealing with.
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    Creatine, the nitrogenous organic acid produced in the liver, helps supply energy to cells all over the body. Because of its ability to supply energy on demand, creatine is mainly used by sportsperson to increase their ability to produce energy rapidly. Here are some of the myths and facts about the wonder chemical. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Myth:It’s similar to Anabolic Steroids

    Creatine is nothing like steroids which mimic the testosterone to boost performance. Creatine on the other hand helps supply energy to the muscles that have high energy demand. That’s why most of the sports-governing bodies have banned steroids but not creatine. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Myth:It can help build Muscle Mass

    Because creatine can shoot energy to the muscles, it will make you exercise more, which will help you build muscle mass faster. It can’t, however, help you build muscles without any resistance training. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Fact:It may cause Gastrointestinal Trouble

    Studies have shown that, although rare, creatine use may cause stomach aches and/or diarrhea in about 5 to 7 percent of cases. However, it is not common for creatine to cause discomforting symptoms in every case. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Myth:It can Help you Run Faster

    Creatine helps athletes who have fast-twitch muscle fibers more than athletes with slow-twitch muscle fibers. Runners, especially marathon runners, have slow-twitch muscles fibers; therefore using creatine would not help you much with your running. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Fact:It causes Weight Gain

    Creatine use can make your muscles look bigger initially as it pulls more water into the muscles. It gives you a slight weight gain, however it’s not much and may not happen for all. You gain muscle fiber only when you work out. Image Courtesy: Getty

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    Fact: It doesn’t Work for Everyone

    Some people have more creatine in their muscles than others. Non-vegetarians usually have it in higher concentrations; therefore, they are less likely to respond to creatine as compared with vegetarians. It also may not work for people with less fast-twitch muscle fibers. Image Courtesy: Getty



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    Fact:It makes you Softer

    Since creatine attracts water, it causes the liquid to get trapped in your muscles making you look bigger and softer to touch. If you had been using creatine but want your muscles to look defined, stop using it at least a month before you begin working out for muscles. Image Courtesy: Getty


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    Myth:You will lose Muscles once you stop Taking Creatine

    Creatine does not create muscle mass when you take it. It only helps the muscles look bigger by getting water trapped inside them. Once you stop using creatine, your muscle will lose the extra water and grow back to the normal size, however, you will not lose your strength or muscle mass. Image Courtesy: Getty


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    Fact:Don’t Take Too Much of It

    When you know that creatine will add water to your muscle, you would never want to overdo it. Use creatine moderately for only a short period of time. You can take seven grams a day for a few months. Taking more creatine will not do any good; infact, it may cause some health problems. Image Courtesy: Getty

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