When a nutritional health supplement becomes popular and begins to have a lot of buzz and hype surrounding it, the million dollar question on most people’s minds is: does it really work? Creatine is perhaps, outside of steriods and pro-hormones, the most hyped, most used, and most talked about bodybuilding supplement of all time. Proponents of creatine claim that it can provide a host of awesome benefits, including: faster recovery time from workouts, fast gains in muscle mass and strength, and increased energy. So of course we all want to know, does creatine really work?
Creatine is sold primarily in two different forms these days: the original and most common form, creatine monohydrate, and the newer form creatine ethyl ester. Which of these forms is better is a debate for another article. The question of course is, do they work?
The overwhelming answer is yes, creatine is truly an effective bodybuilding supplement. While it won’t give you results instantly, and you do need to workout and eat properly, it is the closest thing to a “wonder supplement” that we have when it comes to bodybuilding in a safe, healthy, and legal way. Another great thing is that the side effects of creatine are generally mild and minimal.
As one of the most well studied nutritional supplements ever, creatine has been clinically proven to provide the aforementioned benefits. Creatine is also one of the highest selling bodybuilding supplements ever, and has been sold for years and years. Well respected bodybuilders, trainers, and professional athletes continue to use creatine regularly as part of their nutrition and training regimen.
For more scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of creatine, check out what mayoclinic.com has to say: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/creatine/NS_patient-creatine. Notice that creatine supplements received an “A” grade in the category of “enhanced muscle mass/strength.”