Creatine - Any Side Effects?Jul 20, 2016 | by: Team A8
Many of our customers and friends ask me about creatine and what some of the creatine side effects are, if any. The concern is very reasonable, given the fact that whenever you start a new supplement you would want to consider pros and cons. So the question "what are the creatine side effects?" is very appropriate.
Fortunately creatine is not a steroid, so you don't need to worry about any harmful or adverse side effects. Creatine use is not considered doping and is not banned by the any sport-governing bodies we know of (but be smart and check with your sports governing body before taking any supplement or medication).
In this post I will do my best to highlight some of the negative and positive side effects from using creatine to help you gain confidence about the product you're using. Yes, remember that when we discuss various side effects, there are positive side effects as well!
Negative Creatine Side Effects
No serious side effects from creatine have ever been recorded in research. A common misconception is that creatine is an abusive steroid-like substance that can kill you. With a little education, most people can realize the falsity of their claims. The most common 'negative' side effect is an increase in water weight. An increase in water weight can make you appear to be bloated. And because your muscle will retain more water, they might feel softer to the touch. Your muscles will still be hard and impressive to a normal person, but after you rest for a few hours and try to flex, your muscles might not be as rock hard.
As with any other supplements and products out there, there are possible other unknown negative side effects from the use of creatine, but there is no published research results or literature that suggests that it's unsafe to use creatine. Perhaps one caution is in order, and that is for kids under age 18. Jim King, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, has been quoted a number of time, stating: "Kids under age 18 should avoid creatine because few studies have been done on children using creatine as an exercise enhancement." This makes sense given the fact that children are in a growing phase and we still do not fully understand the impact that creatine has on muscle in development.
Another negative side effect of creatine is when you get off the cycle. If you take creatine for 4 months and then stop taking it, you will notice a sharp decrease in your energy level and appearance. Your body might deflate slightly as you lose the excess water weight.
Positive Creatine Side Effects
Now let's get onto the good stuff. Do you ever feel fatigued or tired? Do you wake up and decide you don't want to work out because you're too tired to lift weights or go run? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions then creatine is for you. Creatine is an energy booster. It's not like drinking coffee or an energy drink, by taking daily creatine supplements your body will get used to having more energy throughout the day, leaving you enough energy to wake up, hit the gym, and provide that boost you need to lift an additional rep.
Another positive side effect of creatine is how it will make you look bigger. I am assuming that is a look you want if you are reading this post. When you take creatine your body retains more water, making you look fuller. It will make your chest and arms appear to be bigger because of the water in the muscles. By taking creatine you will be able to work out longer and lift more reps than usual. This is a very positive benefit of taking the supplement. You will gain weight (some water weight but most muscle weight).
If you are a skinny person now and are looking to bulk up, then it is highly recommended that you take creatine along with other supplements to help speed along the process. Not only will you increase your weight rapidly, but you will gain more confidence as you watch your body bulk up.
If you take creatine and begin experiencing any serious negative side effects (I'm talking about chest pains or something), I recommend that you stop taking it immediately and consult a physician. Overall creatine can be a very safe and productive supplement. It is one of the few out there that have little to no negative side effects. Check out our huge selection of Creatine supplements