Creatine: Is it Good for Women and Why?
Creatine is the only supplement in the bodybuilding and sport industry which has been studied and looked into in depth and proven effective. It is a must-have for every bodybuilder and fitness freak. Why? Research shows that it has multiple health benefits, not only for athletes. It is completely safe, has been extensively tested and proven highly effective. So what is it and how does it work? Is it useful for women?
What does it do?
Creatine – (the nitrogenous organic acid) helps in the supply of energy to all cells in the body, primarily muscle cells. It plays a role in increasing the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Creatine is completely natural, it is naturally found meat and around 1% of human blood is creatine. In fact, its name originates from the Greek word ‘meat’ (kreas).
Creatine increases the size and strength of the muscle as well as aiding recovery. It holds water inside our muscle cells making them look fuller. On the other hand the ATP, which creatine helps form and accumulate, is responsible for enhancing muscle performance. According to research a significant increase in strength was observed in subjects supplemented with creatine and, of course, that resulted in more effective workouts and muscle growth.
Why Women Should Take Creatine
First of all, there is no research showing any contraindications for female creatine supplementation. It is safe and effective in both, males and females. Some ladies may find that they experience a bit of ‘water bloating’, since creatine holds water in the muscle. It won’t make you look ‘fat’, since the water is inside the muscle and not under the skin. What it will do for women is help building lean muscle, which will burn more fat turning you girls into a lean mean fat – burning machine. It will also protect your body from aging, strengthen the bones and even protect your brain from cellular damage. Given all those benefits and the fact that it is totally safe – it is definitely recommended that women take creatine.
Myths and Facts
There are myths that claim that creatine isn’t safe for our internal organs such as the kidneys and the heart or it may cause muscle cramps and pulls, dehydration, and diarrhea. These findings are anecdotal as creatine is one of the safest supplements out there. Multiple studies have proven that there are no major health risks or side effects associated with creatine.
Some people think they will get ‘fat’ or bloated from creatine if they don’t work out enough. Again, this is a myth. If you don’t work hard at the gym it will simply not work in terms of muscular development. There is no bloating effect since the water is stored inside the muscles and not under the skin. There are many types of creatine supplements on the market and the research and development is constantly moving forward to increase their safety and potency. Everyone should consider supplementation with creatine due to additional, non-athletic related benefits such as:
-enhanced bone regeneration
-improved muscle and performance in vegetarians
-protection from age related muscle and bone mass loss
The best form of creatine to use is Creapure. It is the only creatine not made in China. Personally I would not put anything into my body that was made in China. I do not trust their quality control. Creapure however, comes from Germany and the manufacturing is very high quality and safe.
In addition, creatine has been shown to increase DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in the body which is a good muscle building hormone. You can stack our creatine with our DHT support supplement.