Creatine is nitrogenous organic acid occurring naturally in the body and assists to provide energy to the muscles and nerve cells. Due to this reason, creatine has been typically bought in the forms of flavored powder to mix with liquid to make it complete energy drink.
Scientific studies conducted on the age group of 18-35 (males) have typically evidenced enhancements in overall physical endurance during repeated bouts of maximal efforts, especially during later repetitions when the collection of lactic acid turned considerable in its level. Thus, one of the major health benefits of creatine supplementations has been considered is lessening the buildup of lactic acid and this, in turn, can prolong exercise output by setting off the onset of muscles’ fatigue.
Nowadays, building the body is more a craze than to achieve wellness and probably that is why, innocent youngsters do not hesitate using anything that builds the body and they are lead by their nose by advertisement that show bodybuilding in a quick way! They don’t hesitate going everything from beer to marshmallows to the most awful amino acid, the creatine.
Consuming creatine in its available form is believed to produce energy rapidly and with more energy, one can have bigger and stronger muscles. But then, is it safe using this? Even for long term on a regular basis? Well we all need answers for that. It is proven that short term use of creatine, in healthy person, has been considered as safe but continuous consumption of very high doses can bring several possible side effects in the body. Let us look at some quick facts.
Creatine side effects: –
– Creatine has been said to produce hypertension when consumed in more frequent high doses. It could be due to increased water retention in the body.
– Some of the health care experts state that daily usage of creatine may become habit and supplement taker does not feel energetic if they miss the dose!
– Creatine may put on the weight and make person obese, over the times. According to expert from University of Nottingham, England, this is again initially due to water retention and subsequent gains could
be due to the muscles that have increased due to the workload (especially in body builders).
– Creatine, if taken in inappropriate dosage, can cause gastrointestinal distress and nausea.
– In over dosage, creatine can cause seizures, muscle cramps and dehydration.
– A person with preexisting renal disease may develop renal distress while on creatine supplements. It is believed that in such person, creatine can make kidneys overloaded.
Though, as stated in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, side effects of creatine are rare, one must consult qualified health care provider before switching on to creatine supplements. According to body type, constitution and general condition, creatine doses are to be adjusted, prescribed or even contraindicated.