A Cautious Guide to Creatine Muscle Supplement Development

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If you are a budding weight lifter, or just someone who want to gain muscle bulk then you will have read about Creatine in online forums and from other users in your gym environment.  This quick article is our cautious guide to Creatine muscle supplements and will answer many of the questions you might have about whether it is safe and sensible to use.

Are Creatine muscle supplements safe?

The main component of most Creatine muscle supplements is Creatine Monohydrate.  There have been a lot of online articles recently slating the supplement and highlighting its dangers.  However, athletes and professional sportsmen have been using it for years to help to improve their muscle strength and endurance thresholds.

The alleged side effects of Creatine include strains to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  The reason this can occur is because Creatine increases the energy that can be produced in muscle cells leading to an almost explosion of power.  Whilst this is the desired aim, this increase in power will not be replicated as actual strength in muscle.  So if you can imagine, there’s an unusual amount of pressure being produced on yet to be developed muscles and tendons.

The theory is that this can result in tears and rips occurring in the muscle cells that are not yet ready for this un-naturally attained strain.  We say theory because at the date we published our thoughts there had not yet been a qualified academic study published on the matter.  We are sure that once the recent news on Nitric Oxide supplements danger has sub-sided, some academic thinking will be diverted to Creatine use in athletics.

How will long-term use of Creatine damage me?

Some commentary has centered on the negative effects Creatine can have on your health over a sustained period of time.  Currently though there are still no authentic and bona-fide studies conducted, and the Internet is awash with noise from retailers of Creatine extolling its virtues rather than any un-biased medical reporting.

As there are no recorded long-term studies of Creatine use it is not easy to say if the effects will be bad with any scientific proof.  However, scientists do agree that in theory anybody who became dependent on Creatine use over a long period of time would ultimately suffer an adverse reaction.

Predicted reactions would include severe liver damage leading to extreme cases of tiredness.  Some muscles could in fact shrink and lose their shape according to another study.

Use Creatine sparingly and seek medical guidance

However, a word of caution needs to be exercised.  Athletes and body builders still use Creatine in relatively small amounts compared to the large doses that could result in adverse side effects.  If you follow the directions laid out on the packaging, and read the guidelines you will be in a safer place.

Above all though, please make sure you seek qualified medical advice from your doctor or a pharmaceutical practitioner before you start using any form of supplement, be it Creatine or otherwise.

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