There have been many myths going right the globe about side effects of creatine monohydrate supplement in bodybuilding about which I will discuss in this topic and will tell you the truth and debunk all this myths which are downgrading this best supplement in sports and fitness industry.
Creatine is one of the most popular and top supplements in sports, nutrition, fitness, health and bodybuilding history. No other supplement is as popular as creatine monohydrate in whole sports and fitness industry.
Here I am going to share the real facts about creatine and whether creatine supplement is safe and what are the creatine side effects and guys I will tell you what I have experienced in real while using creatine for 5 years consecutively because knowing from the person who is using the product is 100 time more useful then reading thousand page of book and I think that will be very time consuming.
So in this post I am going to show you and what are the real health side effects of creatine monohydrate on human body.
Recently I was reading fitness forum there was huge discussion going on about creatine side effects on long term and I was thrilled to see all sorts of answers and believe me if you are searching for this topic and read all those confusing and mind boggling answers then surely you will never take creatine supplement because the answers were absolutely wrong.
I mean I used to laugh a lot when I used to read all these types of question on facebook groups and in communities. But I am not here to laugh at you if you have any doubt about where creatine is safe to use or not then I am going to explain that in the best and natural way I can.
All these views and opinions are from my very own personal experience and my other friends who are doing workouts with me. So please excuse me if I am wrong, Shall we begin now to break this popular myth so that you can use creatine without thinking about it side effects.
#1 Side Effects of Creatine on Hair
This is the number one and most popular myth that use of creatine supplement can cause hair loss in both men and women but I far as I have concerned I never faced this hair loss issue and I having very thick and dense hair.
Why many men and women are thinking this, it might be that many people believe that creatine supplements are steroids this is absolutely non sense. Creatine is not a steroid and it’s 100% legal food supplements distributed all across the globe without any problem.
Well there are confusion in many people who have not used any supplements in their life due to this they think that creatine is a steroid. That’s completely natural people tend to listen what others are saying and tend to start believing in them after all we are humans and word of mouth spreads very fast.
why people believe that creatine causes hair loss is due to that many think that creatine causes androgenic effect which in turn increases DHT level in the body but this is not true.
Creatine is not androgenic supplement which steroids are meant to be. Creatine is 100% natural amino acid found in human body and other foods like meat, fish, beef, chicken etc.
Real Fact 1 # Creatine has no side effects on hair fall and creatine don’t cause hair loss.
#2 Side effects of Creatine in Bodybuilding
What is going wrong in people mind, there are no side effects of creatine supplement in bodybuilding. Instead creatine is one of the most popular and widely used supplement in bodybuilding sport.
If you don’t believe me go ask to any professional bodybuilder about this and they will explain you the 100’s of benefits rather then telling the side effects of creatine supplement.
Creatine helps to increase lean muscle mass, helps to build muscle fast and increases overall strength during workout routines.
Creatine helps to increase ATP which is source of energy in our body during intense and heavy workout session. It’s acts as energy source power bank for bodybuilders and weight lifters.
Creatine helps to bulk up and give your muscles more fuller look and this is awesome for those who struggle to add size to their body muscles.
Your training intensity will sky rocket and you will not feel tired after your workout schedule.You will not feel fatigue and tired after doing intense workouts.
Creatine supplementation helps in faster muscle recovery and avoid injuries during workouts. So I don’t have any reason to say that creatine has side effects in bodybuilding.
Real Fact 2 # Creatine has no side effects in Bodybuilding
#3 Creatine Side effects on Kidneys, Liver and Heart
This is another myth which is downgrading this popular bodybuilding and performance enhancing supplement. Many men and women believe that creatine supplements causes kidneys, liver and heart related issues but this is fake and research has proven that there are no side effects of creatine use on kidneys, liver and heart.
This might be liable in the cases where the person is suffering from chronic kidneys, hepatic liver diseases and heart complications but for health individuals creatine can use used without any health side effects.
Men and women with high blood pressure might be little curious that whether it is safe to take creatine supplements when they have high blood pressure then in this case I would recommend you to consult your doctor before using creatine or any food supplements.
Real Fact 3 # There is no side effects of creatine supplement on Kidneys, Liver and Heart
#4 Creatine Side effects on Skin
Oh my god! Creatine use can cause to look dry to due dehyration? Absolutely no creatine don’t have any side effects on skin and you can used it without any problem.
I used it and I am currently using it. Honestly I don’t see any effect on my skin due to creatine powder use and my skin.
Many men and women believe that after being on creatine supplementation they have tend to have itchy skin however there is no evidence that creatine is the root cause of itchy skin.
Take bath daily lol and you will not get itchy skin and stop blaming creatine.
Real Fact 4 # There is no side effects of creatine on skin
#5 Creatine Side effects on Face ( Bloated Face)
First skin then face and next what? This is true that creatine retains more water in your muscles tissues but this does not mean that you face will look bloated.
If you are taking very high calorie diet, fatty food and canned stuffs then this might be the reason or simply you might be gaining body fat.
My face is flat and slim I never woke up in the morning, looking at the mirror and find bloated face. It never happened to me during my 5 years of creatine monohydrate supplement use.
Real Fact 5 # There are no side effects of creatine mononhydrate supplement on face and your will not get bloated face while being on creatine supplementation.
#6 Creatine Side effects Muscle cramps and Tightnesss
I never felt muscle cramps doing my workouts but yes I used to feel my mucle get tighten up. This is because Creatine monohydrate causes water retention and holds up significant amount of water in your body muscle tissues.
So when you do your workouts there is increase in blood flow across your body muscles and your body get pumped up which is the reason why you fell tightness in you muscle when you do your workout routines.
I never had muscle cramps unless you are not doing your exercises in proper form. If you are jerking yourself while doing your sets and reps then this is the reason for muscle cramps and not the creatine
Instead creatine helps to provide energy so that you can do your workouts without getting injured while lifting heavy weights
Real fact 6 # Creatine don’t cause muscle cramps and tirghtness
#7 Creatine Side effects Weight Gain
This is true that creatine supplementation causes weight gain but this is largely due to water retention during the initial days of starting creating supplement.
However this weight gain is healthy fat free weight gain and you don’t have to worry about that much since the gains are little water weight in the beginning but later that is completely lean muscle mass.
You will experience the Weight gain for the first 1 to 2 weeks after taking creatine supplement but later weight gain will lower down and your gains will be pure lean muscle mass.
Real fact 7 # Yes Creatine causes Weight gain
#8 Side Effects of Too Much Creatine Monohydrate
Well excess of of any thing will be harmful and this same rule applies to creatine supplement. If you are taking more than the recommended dose of 5 grams per day then that is too much for your body and you might face diarrhea, stomach upsets, gastric problems etc.
I never take more than 5 grams of creatine monohydrate supplement and that is more then enough for any person who want to gain muscle.
There is no point in taking too much creatine supplements because any portion of creatine which our body don’t absorb or utilize will be thrown out vie excretion.
So if you are thinking that if I take 20 grams of creatine powder daily then I will be able to build more muscles then you are absolutely wrong and the chances are very much that you will face diarrhea and stomach upsets.
Thus I would recommend you to never exceed the recommended dose and you will be good to go and you will never face any side effects of creatine.
Real fact 8 # Taking too much creatine will not yield you more muscles
#9 Long Term Side effects of Creatine Supplementation
As far as I know and many studies have proven that there is no long term side effects of creatine monohydrate supplementation. As I said earlier that am using creatine for past 5 years and I have not faced any single issue.
Provided that you take recommended dose of 3 to 5 grams per day. There have been many researches for long term use of this supplement but the results have shown that there is no long term side effects of creatine if you are using as per recommended dose daily.
Not all of us are same and there are chances that some might face issue with long term use of this supplement. So in this case I would recommend you to stop taking creatine and consult your doctor.
Real fact 9 # There is no long term side effects of Creatine supplements
#10 Side effects of Creatine Supplementation in Athletes
I am not an athlete but I am confident enough that creatine supplementation is very beneficial in athletes since it as as performance enhancing supplement, this will help you to run faster, sprint faster, lift more weight and do long jumps etc.
Creatine is one of the favorite supplements of athletes no matter you are runner, sprinter, basket ball athlete, base ball athlete, football athlete creatine side effects are nil.
So if you a athlete then you can be on creatine supplementation without thinking about any side effects.
Real fact 10 # Creatine supplementationn in Athletes has no side effects
#11 Creatine Supplements Makes Me Angry and Mood swings
Well if you are feeling that after taking creatine you get screwed up really fast then I am sorry, no studies and researches have shown that Creatine Monohydrate supplement causes angry and mood swings.
Personally I used to feel little aggressive after taking my creatine powder you know why? because the day when I used to get aggressive and angry is when I used to take off from my workouts but in general it was not like that I am out of control and run like a mad bull on the road.
I used to fell this only the day when I take off form my workout schedule but no a serious issue here. Many men and women who use steroids might feel this definitely and 100% of them complain that they get angry and after getting off from their steroids cycle they face mood swings issue.
Real fact 11 # Creatine don’t contibute to angry mood and mood swings
#12 How Safe is Creatine Monohydrate Supplement
Creatine is 100% safe and legel supplement to take since there are no health side effects on human beings no matter you are men or women, you are younger or elderly creatine supplement is very benefical in improving your stamina, endurance, body muscle mass and training intensity.
It’s one of the best and most widely researched food supplement over the past decade and no other supplements comes close to Creatine Monohydrate in terms of benefits and no side effects.
Real fact 12 # Creatine is 100% safe and legal to use for both men and women