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Want to be in the know about creatine supplementation? Well you’re in luck! The Spartansuppz crew have you covered.
Time after time at Spartansuppz, we have customers coming into our stores wondering about whether creatine supplementation is worth it. Somewhere along the line they read a troll article which labeled creatine users as not natty and ever since have been reluctant to touch the stuff.
So to answer the question in short as to whether supplementing with creatine is worth it? The answer is “Yeah Buddy!”. I will delve into the benefits of creatine in a moment but if you read no further, know that creatine is a 100% naturally occurring in your body right now, and is a 100% safe supplement to consume.
As I mentioned, Creatine is a naturally occurring nutrient that is a combination of 3 separate amino acids; Arginine, Glycine & Methionine. It is found for the most part through dietary sources in meats like beef and fish.
To say the benefits of creatine are impressive is an understatement. Creatine role is essentially to fuel our muscles with the energy required for movement, specifically explosive movement! Keeping it simple, creatine helps with the production of Adenosine-Triphosphate (ATP), you may remember this one from your high school Physical Ed class.
ATP is your bodies explosive movement fuel, and has a duration of roughly 10 seconds. This means that it is going to help accomodate your muscles capacity to perform maximal effort type movements, like 50m sprints, Box Jumps or any max effort in the gym.
So by Increasing your bodies ability to perform and recover from maximal effort type movements means that in theory you can train harder and faster, resulting in more muscle gain and improved recovery!
So if creatine is naturally occurring in your body, why do you need to supplement with it? Basically if your goal is to gain strength and/or size than creatine supplementation is highly recommended due to the fact that the amounts found through diet alone are not sufficient for optimal results.
While creatine is naturally occurrent in meats such as fish and beef, the amounts are pretty minimal comparative to the amounts of meat consumed. In beef we’re looking at about 2g of creatine per pound, with up to 4g in some white fish per pound.When you factor in that creatine supplementation is recommend at around 10-15g daily (If monohydrate), you don’t have to be a mathematician to see that there is going to need to be a lot of meat consumed to hit your goals.
In addition to this, creatine supplementation is recommended as it is convenient and cheap! Creatine is one of the most cost effective supplements you will come across.
So with all that said and done, which creatine’s do we recommend? For cost effectiveness a Monohydrate is going to be your best bet, it’s reliable and backed by science, Optimum Nutrition Creatine is a good starting point. Other wise a creatine blend, such as Max’s Creatine X8 is another great option.
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