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Which Creatine Product is the Best?
You will always get a lot of different answers when it comes to
creatine. Creatine is a good product, and as long as you consume
the recommended amount everyday you should be fine. It is
recommended that you consume creatine with your post workout
protein shake in the 15 minutes immediately following your workout.
This is the prime time for creatine uptake in the bloodstream.
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Regarding the loading phase, it still hasn't been scientifically
established whether or not loading creatine is essential or not.
Reports continually come out, some saying to load creatine, others
saying not to, and more than likely it is one topic which will
still be up for debate many years from now. Basically, if you load
creatine, you end up getting the creatine into your bloodstream
faster, but if you don't load it, you end up getting the same
results in the same amount of time, only not as quickly. For
example, if you are using creatine for 12 weeks, you might make
some gains faster in the beginning if you load creatine, but the
end result after 12 weeks will be the same if you don't load it. So
it all depends if you want to make the majority of your gains
towards the beginning of your creatine cycle or if you want to gain
muscle mass slowly throughout the entire period in which you are
supplementing with creatine.
Types of Creatine
There has been plenty of debate regarding which type of creatine
is the best to use. Creatine monohydrate is fine. I would not
recommend liquid creatine because it's not stable in solution, but
if you mix a powder in water, it should be most effective. Just
make sure the crystals are fully dissolved when you drink it, and
drink it postworkout, since studies continue to say that is the
best time for consume creatine if you are looking to gain muscle
mass, strength and endurance.
You will hear a thousand different answers when it comes to
creatine, so the best judge is yourself. Use it and see what
happens. Find a creatine product which you feel is worth the money,
decide on a duration to use it for, and see if you make gains with
it. If you do so, you will be able to find out if you are a Creatine Non Responder, or if
creatine works for you! If creatine works for you - great! Keep
eating correctly and training intensely and you will make great
gains. If creatine does not work for you, there are plenty of other
supplements you can try out, so don't give up yet!