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Consumer Review: I'm Tired Of People Saying That Creatine Puts Water Into Muscles. That Is Incorrect.

I have read many articles posted in here and I have seen many of them saying "creatine just puts water into your muscles to make them look bigger," blah, blah, blah! That is just ridiculous.

OK, creatine is NOT muscle in a powder or pill form. You have to LIFT and WORK OUT to see results. Just taking this stuff won't make you look bigger. It will probably keep you up all night because you are not using the energy that this stuff is giving you, but you will not see results. These people just think that since consumers have to drink lots of water when taking creatine, the water must be going into the muscles. WRONG. The water goes through your system. It actually keeps the creatine flowing through your kidneys and liver correctly, and it goes into your bladder and out the toilet. Any consumer of this product can tell you that that is a fact because frequent runs to the bathroom do occur if you take this product correctly.

I have been using creatine for two days and I have noticed much more energy while lifting. I felt great while lifting and after. I'm no doctor, but creatine works. You have to get in the weight room at least an hour a day to see great results. I have read legitimate websites that have stated that creatine is safe to use for now, and no side effects have been found yet. Only long term side effects are a possibility. I'm not going to use this stuff for over a month, so good news for me. Good luck and lift hard!

DJR


Response #1

This person is correct, CREATINE DOES NOT FILL YOUR MUSCLES WITH WATER! I am only an 18 year old high school senior, but I know a lot about Creatine. Creatine is naturally produced in your body. It actually produces a few grams a day. What creatine does is helps muscle produce ATP. ATP is a form of energy for your muscles used in short, powerful bursts such as weightlifting or sprinting. The body uses water when it burns ATP. Since creatine produces more ATP, the body needs more water and will take it from other parts of your body, leaving you dehydrated. This is one reason why you must drink plenty of water.

When a person supplements with creatine, they usually add about an additional 5 grams a day with their supplement. Every person is different on how much creatine their muscles can hold. Some can hold more than others. An issue is what happens to the people who can't hold as much as others? What happens to the excess creatine? Well, that is one of the reasons creatine users should drink TONS of water. It flushes it out of the system. When I started lifting, I weighed 145 and benched 185. Now I weigh 160 and I bench 235 and it's only been about 6 weeks!

I recommend going no more than one month supplementing with creatine and no less than 3 weeks off creatine. If taken properly and on a strict water diet, creatine is safe. If abused and taken ignorantly it can be extremely dangerous! So don't mess with it if you are planning on taking it! DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND STRETCH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!

-Joe L.


Response #2

This is a response to Joe L's response above. Sorry buddy, you may be an 18 year old high school senior, but you obviously know nothing about creatine and the biological processes that are involved in its use. Your response is almost as bad as another one whose ending sentence was, "Stay on those amino acids, get off the creatine!" Any person with half a scientific brain would know that creatine is composed of 3 amino acids.

You claim that creatine does not fill your muscles with water. Sorry, but that's incorrect. Creatine does, in fact, cause our muscle cells to retain more water. Therefore, it does have a cell volumizing effect. Then you said that our bodies produce a few grams a day. Well, at least you were right on one thing. But then you claim that ATP is a form of energy that, you seem to believe, is only used when "muscles need short, powerful bursts." First of all, how can you claim to know anything when you describe the complicated use of ATP as "when the muscles need short, powerful bursts." ATP isn't only used for "short bursts." It, in fact, is used in every single biochemical reaction in our bodies. So, in layman's terms, every single thing that happens in our bodies is powered by the energy released from ATP.

Now look at this folks, the claim that "the body uses water when it burns ATP." NO, it doesn't use water to burn ATP. Sorry to tell you this, but I have never heard of ATP being combusted. Listen, the energy is released from the ATP molecule when the double bond of the triphosphate molecule is broken down so that a phosphate is released. Ever done any chemistry? If the double bond is broken down, the electrons involved can be used to bond other atoms and molecules and can be used in metabolic reactions.

Then you said, "creatine produces more ATP." Sorry, but creatine does not produce more ATP. It simply acts as a binding site for phosphate compounds to create higher levels of creating phosphate, which can then be used to donate the phoshpate to ADP. So therefore, ADP can be converted to ATP when needed, and ONLY when needed. This means the 7th release of energy is more efficient. The body is not going to need more water simply because there are higher levels of creatine phosphate, because the same amount of ATP is used with or without higher levels of creatine phosphate.


Response #3

Sorry, but those "legitimate websites" are just websites. I've taken creatine for a month and a half (the right way) and I have had 2 seizures and multiple emergency room visits. My last one was the first Tuesday in December. Since then, I realized that it might have been the Creatine, stopped the intake, notified the doctor, and after running tests, he concludes it was the Creatine. Tell me that isn't long term side effects (half a month after first seizure? C'mon.).



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