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Question: Is supplmentary creatin bad for you?

 vladi - Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:46 pm

Hello, I have a friend who works out on a daily schedule for about 1-2 hours each day except sunday. I am his workout partner sort of. I give him a spot when he needs it, and likewise. Recently, in order to help his muscles build, he has been drinkin that supplementary creatin powder. He recommends it to me, and i must say, his results are amazing. He weighs 135 lbs. and can bench press almost 200 lbs. He is rather short for his age, being about 5' 8". I am also 18, but i weigh about 175 lbs. and can bench about my weight. What I want to know is whether there are any side-effects or long-term side effects to taking this supplement. I have always used natural protein (i.e. fish, chicken, peanuts) and have never had any serious sickness. There was one time, when i was about 14, when I had low blood levels, but that was due to overdose of asprinin. Anyways, I've never had any serious problems with my body that might add to any possible side-effects that takin the "natural supplement" might have. Thank you!
 Theresa Jones, RN - Mon Feb 21, 2005 5:31 am

User avatar Hi vladi,
Creatine has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety or effectiveness. There are no standards in place for manufacturing regulations. This has not been proven but possible conditions that are more likely during creatine use are muscle cramps, electrolyte imbalance etc. What I've personally observed in some people that use this supplement is after usage is discontinued, the amazing muscle mass that was apparent during use disappears.......something I would take into consideration. I would be more inclined to suggest eating healthy and genuinely building muscle mass.

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