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Identified in 1832 when Michel Eugène Chevreul isolated it from the basified water-extract of skeletal muscle, Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that occurs naturally in vertebrates. It is primarily synthesized in the liver and kidneys. Named after the Greek word for meat (kreas), Creatine helps to supply energy to all cells in the body, but most notably muscle cells. This is achieved by increasing the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is essential in the process of sending energy directly to our muscles. In fact, it is estimated that 95% of Creatine is stored inside our muscles. The remaining 5% is found in our brain, kidneys and liver.
While Creatine is naturally produced by the body from the amino acids glycine, arginine, and methionine as well as found in foods such as red meat and some fish, taking a Creatine supplement has remained popular among bodybuilders and athletes due to its well-documented ability to support muscle growth and increase strength.
When a Creatine supplement is taken, it is believed to increase phosphocreatine. Phosphocreatine is essentially "stored energy" and it primarily works to replenish ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Adenosine triphosphate is what is believed to support physical energy and recovery. In other words, when our body is depleted of its Creatine supply, so to is our high-intensity energy and our muscle's ability to produce force (or in a bodybuilder's case, continued repetition of weight being lifted). In theory, a Creatine supplement is intended to increase exercise performance by converting adenosine diphosphate (ADP), a by-product of physical exercise, to Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) through the donation of phosphate groups.
Due to its popularity, Creatine is one of the most commonly researched dietary supplements available. In fact, despite the number of myths surrounding Creatine supplements, it is estimated that more than 500 research studies exist regarding its effectiveness and safety alone. Notable Creatine benefits and uses may include:
While Creatine is most well known as a workout supplement, some early evidence suggests that Creatine may be a natural nootropic. In the same way that Creatine may store energy in our muscles, it may store energy in our brains and increase mental endurance without the crash of popular stimulants like caffeine.
As a dietary supplement, take 5000mg of Creatine Monohydrate once daily.
The question of whether Creatine should be taken before or after a workout is often raised. While Creatine has primarily been promoted as a preworkout supplement, some very early evidence suggests that when to take creatine may be best after a workout. In a recently published paper titled "The Effects of Pre Versus Post Workout Supplementation of Creatine Monohydrate on Body Composition and Strength," 19 participants took a Creatine supplement before or after a workout. Every participant that took 5000mg of Creatine as a post workout supplement demonstrated marked improvements, though it was noted that the added benefits were small.
As it stands, to obtain the benefits of Creatine it is still believed that what is most important is its accumulation in the body rather than when the best time to take Creatine is.
This particular form of Creatine is Creatine Monohydrate Instant, which dissolves almost instantly in water, makes it ideal for fast delivery and high bioavailability. Though it is slightly more expensive, Creatine Instant is considered three times more water soluble than regular Creatine Monohydrate 200 mesh.
Nootropics Depot offers a 500g jar of high quality Creatine Monohydrate Instant Powder. Nootropics Depot's Creatine Monohydrate Instant has been lab-tested and verified for both product purity and identity.
To gain more insight, read the Creatine 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.
Great stuff. Light, fluffy, mixes EXTREMELY easily. By far the best creatine I've found. CD on 9th Jun 2017
There are two supplements for which there there is so much compelling evidence in support of their benefits, I would strongly recommend give them serious consideration. This is one, some form of fish oil or krill oil is another (I've started taking ND's krill oil of late).
Briefly, there is at least one peer-reviewed study that supports creatine's role in boosting intelligence, yes, I do mean increased I.Q. scores (by 4+ points over a relatively short period of sustained use, marking it as one of the few substances directly linked to long-term improvements in cognition I'm aware of). In terms of immediate benefits, it does give me a boost as I'm trying to get back to exercising after recovering from an injury.
Given the foregoing, this is a great deal, and it's part of my own daily regime. Unknown on 16th Oct 2016
Creatine doesn't need to be complicated. It's too easy to spend too much money on different "designer" creatines that come with under-dosed additives simply intended to raise the price.
Nootropics Depot offers a huge amount of value in this quality creatine for an amazing price. I'm saving myself a ton of money each month but still getting the benefits. Andy Frisch on 18th Sep 2016