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Creatine was first discovered in 1832 when Michel Eugène Chevreul isolated it from a water extract of skeletal muscle. Chevreul later named the nitrogenous organic acid after “Kreas” which is the Greek word for meat. While Creatine is primarily synthesized in the liver and kidneys via the amino acids glycine, arginine, and methionine, it is believed that 95% of the Creatine in our bodies is actually stored in our muscles. The remaining 5% is found in our brain, kidneys and liver. Creatine can also be obtained through the foods we eat such as meat and seafood.
While many myths and rumors surrounding Creatine have been perpetuated in the media and elsewhere, Creatine is actually one of the most widely researched dietary supplements available to buy. In fact, it is estimated that over 500 research studies have been conducted. Creatine supplements are popular with athletes and bodybuilders due to its well-documented belief to support muscle size and growth. However, early research is also now suggesting that Creatine may be a natural nootropic as well.
In short, Creatine helps supply energy to all cells in our bodies, especially muscle cells. Creatine does this by increasing the creation of ATP. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is considered vital to the process of sending energy directly to our muscles.
More specifically, Creatine plays a vital role in the phosphagen energy system which is responsible for synthesizing ATP in our bodies. While Creatine naturally occurs in our body as both free form Creatine and as Phosphocreatine, it is the Phosphocreatine that is believed to restore ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) in our muscles. When we workout, our stores of ATP are depleted due to the physical exertion. The general concept behind taking a Creatine supplement is that by having a surplus of Creatine in our muscles, it promotes the synthesis of ATP by converting it from ADP (adenosine diphosphate, a by-product of physical exercise). In turn, this promotes both mental and physical energy as well as recovery.
Uses and benefits of Creatine Monohydrate may include:
As a dietary supplement, take 5000mg of Creatine Monohydrate (200 mesh) once daily.
What is Creatine Loading?
Creatine loading is an alternative dosing schedule. When Creatine loading, it is recommended to take a larger Creatine Monohydrate dosage for five to seven days followed by a maintenance dosage phase of three to four weeks. This loading phase is then followed up with one to two weeks of no Creatine supplementation. It is important to note that, up to this point, research has not determined whether Creatine loading is better or worse than following a standard, daily Creatine dosage.
Creatine beginners often ask whether it is better to take Creatine Monohyrate before or after a workout. While Creatine is generally thought of as a preworkout supplement, one recently published paper titled "The Effects of Pre Versus Post Workout Supplementation of Creatine Monohydrate on Body Composition and Strength” suggests that it may be better to take Creatine as a post workout supplement. All 19 participants that took Creatine Monohydrate as a post work out supplement noted improvements in comparison to taking Creatine before their workout. However, the same paper concluded that the benefits of taking Creatine after a work out instead of before were small by comparison.
While more research on this topic is needed, the current consensus remains that the best time to take Creatine isn’t as important as is the overall buildup of it in our bodies in order to enjoy the health benefits of Creatine Monohydrate.
This particular form of Creatine Monohydrate is Micronized 200 Mesh, which is the most economical Creatine powder that Nootropics Depot offers. Though it is more expensive, Nootropics Depot also offers Creatine Instant which is considered three times more water soluble than standard Creatine.
Nootropics Depot offers 500g jars of high quality Creatine Monohydrate powder (200 mesh). Nootropics Depot's Creatine Monohydrate (200 mesh) has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
To learn more, read the Creatine Monohydrate reviews and experiences below.
IUPAC: 2-[Carbamimidoyl(methyl)amino]acetic acid
Attention: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It has not been approved, nor have these statements been evaluated, by the FDA.
What I was hoping for, no trouble at all! Taking it with straight water is a little hard so masking it in something more viscous might help. Brian G on 17th May 2018
I’ve tried many different brands of creatine. This product is priced appropriately but the product itself isn’t the best. It’s pretty course grain so it takes a while to dissolve and it foams up a lot in my shaker bottle. It gets the job done but I probably won’t be purchasing it again. John MacDonald on 31st Mar 2018
I've purchased a few products from Nootropics Depot and they never fail to satisfy. All my orders took an average of 3 business days to arrive. Each product has been of the highest quality. Creatine does exactly what it says it does, it helps muscle recovery. On top of that, I deal with muscle strain and muscle spasms, and supplementing everyday seems to make my muscles feel quite good. Steven on 2nd Aug 2017
standard, high quality creatine. I'm very happy with it. Unknown on 14th May 2017
Standard creatine, does not dissolve in water and i gained a few pounds of waterweight after 2 weeks of consumption. Tyler Leavens on 12th Feb 2017
Standard high quality creatine powder.
Only complaint is that the jar did have a fine layer of creatine all over it. Apart from that everything was highly professional.
Bayernator on 16th Dec 2016