There are plenty of rumors floating around about creatine. On this page you’ll find a list of creatine facts. For more information on creatine see the creatine supplements section on MuscleandStrength.com and for a list of the best creatine supplements check out our best list.
List of Creatine Facts:
- Creatine is the most used supplement on the market. It’s used by a whole array of athletes from bodybuilders to cyclists, and sprinters.
- In the 1996 olympics over 80% of the athletes were using creatine supplements.
- Taking creatine pre-workout is likely to be fine, although all of the current data show that creatine is best consumed post-workout with simple carbohydrates.
- If creatine harsh taste, acidity, and higher cost aren’t important to you, you may want to switch from creatine monohydrate to Creatine Ethyl Ester (CEE). CEE may be a viable alternative for those few people who genuinely experience bloating with creatine supplementation.
- Studies have shown that Creatine Ethyl Ester doesn’t get taken up by our muscles or enhance performance to a greater extent than creatine monohydrate.
- Creatine transport into muscle is the critical regulator of creatine performance enhancement and may be improved by simple carbohydrates, alpha-lipoic acid, exercise, and sodium.
- To date, all short and intermediate length studies on creatine supplementation show the safety and efficacy of this supplement.
- Creatine has potential in helping with various diseases, including type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- The nootropic effect of creatine is yet another way in which this supplement can enhance performance — mental performance.
- Based on the available data, you don’t need to cycle creatine, although it’s not a bad idea to do so from time to time (or use the 3g post-workout protocol).
- The caffeine contained in a couple cups of coffee (or cans of soda pop) a day, aren’t likely to affect the performance enhancing effects of creatine.
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