I get a lot of emails about the supplement creatine. They’re always from people asking the same basic questions. You know…
What is creatine, what does it do, what are the benefits, how and when should it be taken, does it really work, how safe is it, are there any side effects, what brand and type (monohydrate, ethyl ester, etc.) is the best… and so on.
Well, if you’ve ever had any of these questions, you’re in luck. I’m now going to answer every single one of them.
What Is Creatine, And What Does It Do?
Creatine, which is naturally found in red meat and certain types of fish, is produced naturally by the human body for the purpose of supplying energy to muscle and nerve cells. Of course, it’s the “muscle” part of that description that is the reason creatine supplements exist.
In the most basic sense, a creatine supplement will help increase the amount of energy your muscles have. While it is used as a muscle building supplement, it doesn’t just magically “build muscle.” It works like this. Creatine will increase the energy your muscles have. This will increase the amount of work they will be able to do. The more work your muscles can do, the more weight you’ll be able to lift and the more reps you’ll be able to lift them for.
It’s THIS that leads to muscle being built. In fact, progressive weight training (along with a proper diet) is the only thing that actually builds muscle. A creatine supplement just helps make it happen.
Does Creatine Really Work?