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Creatine Side Effects - Are There Any?

The issue of creatine side effects hasn't really gone away since creatine came on the market more than 15 years ago. We get this question all the time. We see the question posted in blogs, we hear it talked about in the gym, and our contact at the supplements store says the questions is one of the more repetitive ones he gets. Pretty much on a daily basis.

So we've done some research and some asking around, (a little bit of creatine PI work ) and here is what we've found out. Hopefully we can dispel some myths!

Stomach Cramping & Bloating

This is a legitimate complaint and has some merit. It seems to be more evident in individuals who choose to pre-load creatine when starting a cycle. The spike in creatine over the course of 5 or so days can definitely cause gastro discomfort.The newer creatines such as NO Xplode are blended to be more readily accepted by the body...less stomach issues!

Muscle Cramping and Dehydration

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in 2000 advised people who are managing their weight and exercising intensely or in hot environments to avoid creatine supplementation. But the British Journal of Sports Medicine is now reporting (according to more recent studies) that creatine may actually help when exercising in hot or humid conditions and actually influence plasma volume during the onset of dehydration.

Damaging To Your Kidneys

Studies have been done to evaluate the effects of creatine on renal function. The results indicate that moderate doses, that is 10grams a day for up to 5 days and 3 grams a day maintenance thereafter do not have any measurable impact on the function of the kidneys. It should be noted however that creatine will increase the risk in persons with active, or a history of renal dysfunction. Not enough information exists for children and adolescence so they are to avoid creatine period.


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