Deltaownsall From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1080 times:
I'm debating whether or not to start using creatine, and have a few questions for those of you who do use it, have used it, or just know alot about it. some friends of mine have told me that it has caused 'erectile dysfunction' as well as other related side-effects (size?). I have read about the other supposed side-effects but have not come across any scientific talk of this so I was wondering if creatine usage is at all related to these problems, and if so what percentage of users would you say that it affects...also would you say that creatine is worth it? thx.
Aa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1059 times:
Creatine is the most accepted and most proven supplement that works. There are thousands of studies on it. There are no side effects. You must cycle it though, 6 weeks on it, and 3 weeks off it, so your body does not stop producing its own creatine.
If you read on the labels, it says "load" for a week or so, that's a lot of bunk. Tale 5g before a work out and 5g after you work out.
Creatine, slows the lactic acid in getting to your muscles. So you can crank out a few more reps. Creatine does however cause you to carry water. If you are looking to get shredded, you may not want to take it. You will see definant size put on in 3-4 weeks. Most of it being water though.
I recommend it 100% if you work out. You may be in the small minority in that it may not work for you, but there is only one way to find out.
Creatine is creatine, buy whatever brand you would like. Avoid Cell-tech. That is just a high priced brand. Go for the best mono-hydrate you can find. That was the first creatine I took.
I personally like Optium's Creatine/Taurine/Glutamine. Taurine helps the body sythensize the creatine more affectively.
Diamond can elaborate a little more I'm sure, if he reads this.
Whitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
Lots of people use it, but one word of warning.
If you have ever had any kidney problems, or reason to suspect you might be weak in that area, then be cautious.
Not that I have any personal experience, just relaying some advice I was once given by a friend of mine who was a champion bodybuilder. Anything like that should only be used if you are confident it won't aggravate a condition which might not have surfaced yet.
Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5385 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 960 times:
There are thousands of studies on it. There are no side effects.
AA61Hvy, correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to recall a study that found that after one used creatine, the muscle in your heart walls was replaced by a less efficient version of that muscle, thus putting you at a higher risk for cardiovascular problems.
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