Creatine is an amino acid that is naturally formed in your body. Once formed the majority of it is stored in your muscles including your heart and brain. Creatine can be taken in a few different forms, one of them is liquid creatine.
Creatine is also found in many types of meat and fish. There are many advantages to adding a liquid creatine supplement to your fitness routine.
For one thing, creatine has been shown to help repair the micro tears associated with building muscle more quickly. That means a faster recovery and bigger muscle growth more quickly.
Another benefit of creatine is the fact that it can add endurance. Having this extra energy can make it so much easier to power through a workout or just get through your day.
Some studies, though inconclusive at this time, have even shown a possible correlation between creatine and diminished effects of arthritis, Parkinson's disease and muscular dystrophy.
You can find creatine in most health food stores, some gyms, and online. Do make sure that you only find the highest quality product. Cheaper products often have much less stringent quality control and are often not as pure or safe as other products. Price is not the only thing to consider before you buying this or any supplement.
And you should always talk to your doctor before you start taking any type of supplement to make sure you are healthy enough to do so as well as help you avoid any possible interactions with other prescription or non prescription medications you are taking already.
When you first start taking a creatine supplement you are supposed to start with a loading dose. This is a short term period of time where you take more than you would normally take.
The loading dose will last only for the first five days of usage. After that point you will return to the normal dosing amounts.
The loading dose is usually between 20 and 30 grams of creatine every day for the first five days only.
After your initial loading dose you will go down to a smaller dose of 5 to 15 grams of creatine every day from that point on.
Take your supplement about 30 minutes before you begin your workout for the best results. It's very important you stay hydrated since dehydration is one of the side effects of taking creatine.
Some people recommend you also add a B complex supplement. There is some evidence that may suggest that this combination can increase the absorption of the creatine as well as provide your body with even more nutrients daily.
There are many supplements you can add that may be able to aid you in your fitness and workout goals. As with any type of drug, prescription or non prescription, it is important to talk to your doctor first to make sure it is ok to take.
Once you have your doctors approval your next job is to be very careful where you buy your supplements. As with most things, not all supplements are created equal and liquid creatine is no exception.