Creatine monohydrate has been shown in numerous studies to be, safe, even in large quantities (Robinson, et al 2000). Side effects are temporary gastric upset and nausea, especially during the loading phase, which can be quite unpleasant. Also quite intense muscle cramps have been reported in many athletes, which could lead to injuries, and impair performance. Muscle cramps tend to be more prevalent in more energetic sports like athletics and football, rather than bodybuilding.
Creatine is the most researched of all sports supplements and is still raved about by many sports people of different disciplines, and definitely has a role in bodybuilding. However, despite the scientific hype, creatine is not the be-all-and-end-all of supplements in bodybuilding, as you can build an excellent physique without ever touching it. It may be worth giving it a try to see for yourself, and I do not doubt that you will see and feel positive results. Remember though, like many supplements, it is expensive.
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Ever since the fitness craze in the 1980’s, we have become a nation increasingly aware of our health and physique. Millions of dollars are spent every year in the quest for a perfect body. Gyms are big business, personal trainers are making a tidy living helping people stay fit, and body building supplements are at an all-time level of performance.