Creatine is one of the more controversial and misunderstood muscle-building supplements of our time. For this reason, I want to shed some bright light on what it does, what it doesn’t do, its benefits, and some of its drawbacks – both scientific and anecdotal. There are a lot of facts on creatine floating around, but it can be hard to find out what it really does with out making your head spin. I’ll try to fix that in this post. So let’s begin…
Take a look at the back label of almost anything at your supplement-provider-of-choice, and you are bound to find creatine monohydrate as an ingredient. It comes in many forms: pure powder, protein mixes, sports drinks, energy gels; but more importantly, what the heck is it, and why do so many strength athletes blindly swear by it?
Protein. Let’s talk about the supplement you always hear about inside and outside of the gym. It seems to be the supplement everyone uses most, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Does protein actually work? What does it do? It’s time we really look at this famous nutrient and figure out what it actually does for our body.
Generally speaking as humans, we need protein. Period. However, if you are lifting on a regular basis and are not getting enough protein through food or supplementation, you could be damaging your muscles by starving them of this essential muscular building block.