Are There Any Real Negative Creatine Side Effects?

By Jared DiCarmine On November 7, 2011 Under Musclce Building, Supplements For Fat Loss

So you probably arrived at this article looking to see if there were any potential side effects with regards to supplementing with creatine. It’s funny that this myth is still around and that creatine has some sort of whimsical and mythical standing in the supplement industry and with people who are just getting into exercise. I remember way back when I was one of them, just ayoung kid at 15 years old who sneakily bought creatine behind his parents back when they expressively told him not to do so. At the time, creatine was thought to be extremely bad for you and your body’s orgrans. People didn’t understand it and still don’t to this day. In fact, a lot of people will tell you that it’s a steroid. Can you believe that!?! A steroid.

The other big reason why creatine always get a weird and bad rap with newcomers is because it works really fast for most people. I personally didn’t see any effect from using it, but a lot of people have. The results from creatine supplementation can be noticeable in as little as a week if you are properly loading with 20 grams of the stuff per day.

The biggest notable effect that you would see is an increase in water retention in your muscles, especially your arms. People think this is a bad thing, but it’s not. You want this water retention because it sets up the perfect environment for your muscles to grow and get bigger.

The other great thing about creatine is the increases in strength that you’ll get from using it on a constant basis. The reason for this is because of the type of energy system that you use when you exercise. The 2nd one in the chain is called the creatine phosphate system. Essentially it lets you lift heavy loads at a fast rate, but only for a short duration. By supplementing with extra creatine, this will allow your muscles to keep contracting at a high force of output for a longer period of time. In laymen’s terms, you’ll be able to get a few extra reps that you couldn’t have been able to do before. It’s pretty neat stuff and definitely will help  you in achieving your strength and muscle goals.

Now with regards to negative effects of creatine supplementation, I’m sorry to say this but there just aren’t any real negative effects. The only negative effect is possible dehydration, which can easily be avoidable by drinking a lot of water throughout the day, but of course you should already be doing this.

The other possible side effect is that once you come off of creatine supplementation, you might experience a slight drop in strength. This is okay and is considered normal. You’ll lose a lot of the bloat, which also helps to provide more cushioning and strength in all of your lifts. But quickly you’re strength will rebound once you come your cycle.

So all in all, creatine side effects are really all favorable. You want the extra bloat so there is a perfect environment for muscle growth. And you want the extra strength increases you get from the supplement in order to help with your workouts.


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