What exactly is creatine?
Unlike the general misconception, creatine is not an steroid . Creatine is a compound which is nitrogenous in nature and occurs naturally in fish and meat. It is a product of three amino acids which are: arginine ,glycine and methionine. Creatine has become a one of the most popular sports supplements since its introduction around 16 years ago. The use of creatine ensures that more of it is available in the body to be used in ’manufacture ’’ of ATP providing your body with more energy. This makes training or exercises easier to handle as it allows you to train longer and harder which is the basic requirement of successful training. Creatine is also important in “cell expansion” it helps to draw water into a muscle cell enabling it to increase in size hence strength .
What Are The Types Of Creatine
This was the first type of creatine to be introduced. Its use requires it to be taken with sugar in order to improve its absorption .User should take four to five doses each dose whereby each dose is 5 grams for the first five days and then one dose per day after the fifth day. Some side effects are observed in some users.
Ethyl Ester type unlike for the monohydrate type no sugar is needed and no initial 5 days loading is needed .It has also known to have no side effects. It is available in powder form or as a pill and the dosage is twice a day.
This is a type made from malic acid and the original monohydrate . The resulting product is Tri-creatine malate which has a better water solubility , reduces elements of gastric discomfort and has a bigger effect on the ATP circle.
This type has the feature of converting to creatine at a faster rate than the other types of creatine . This means that a lesser amount is require. For example only 1 to 2 grams in the morning and before training is required.
This type of creatine is made into smaller sized particles with the main purpose of improving absorption and better mixing. A dose is usually 5 grams which is mixed in 8 oz of water or even juice then drank. For this type of creatine a loading period of 5 days is required and maximum results are achieved by taking 8- 10 glasses of water daily.
This is the best type of creatine found in liquid form however its use has become unpopular due to its inability to stay in the state. Most people in the sporting and training field would not recommend this type due to this reason.
Most new versions of creatine are under this category . Conjugated creatine is a concentrated type of creatine hence only a very small amount should be a taken . For this type for example only ¼ of a teaspoonful of creatine is taken, it also has a high absorption and has absolutely no side effects . The advantages of this type of creatine have made it popular and it use has become wide spread.
For a new user it is important to test the various types of creatine and see which one works best for them. Most people starting work outs would prefer the most economical types and in this case the most economical type would be the monohydrate.