Various compounds of creatinine are one of the most recommended supplements for those looking to gain lean muscle mass. But what does creatinine do? Is the product worth the hype?
Muscles, brain, and all the organs that consume high energy are rich in creatinine. It is produced in the liver and converted to so-called creatinine phosphate, which serves as an energy reserve for various organs, especially muscles and brain. Yes, it is a powerful stamina booster. When after few intensive reps of a specific exercise, a person starts to go low on ATP (the energy source for muscles), creatinine phosphate comes to rescue. Similarly, if something needs lots of concentration, the brain may go down in energy level, and creatinine phosphate would help to maintain the supply over an extended period. Once the intensive energy need diminishes, a person starts taking rest; creatinine phosphate is quickly restored.
Thus creatinine phosphate is an energy reserve, energy booster, that answers for stamina, short power bursts.
Since it is the most reliant energy reserve, it improves the effectiveness of work out, by helping you to carry on those last reps. Yes, it is beneficial in high-intensity workouts aimed at building the muscular mass.
After intense exercise, there is need to rest and recover, recovery of broken muscular fibers is also energy intensive process, creatinine supplementation would help the muscles to revive, repair, get bigger, in a faster way. Muscular pains would be less long and less often.
As we already mentioned that it is a stamina builder, thus it is essential for those involved in the intensive aerobic workout. If you are a type who loves to go for long runs, it would undoubtedly help you to keep your energy at an optimal level for longer.
People who are involved in intensive sports know what it means to be chronically tired, having difficulty in concentrating on the job, or even difficulty in reading long texts. It is all due to the diversion of some vital energy resources towards muscles, instead of a brain. Taking creatinine would help to improve mood, concentration, and memory.
Workouts are not just about muscles; bones are often not given enough credit for wellbeing and strength. They are treated as something cold and inert. However, bones are very dynamic; they are continually remodeling themselves to meet the new challenges. Even our blood and immune cells are produced by bones (bone marrow). Thus creatinine helps in keeping bone health at an optimum level; it helps in quick healing of micro traumas caused due to intensive sports activity.
Creatinine could also be useful in reducing sarcopenia, that is an age-related loss of muscular mass.
So what kind of supplement would be best?
Well, not considering all the clams, it seems that in fact most of the supplements of creatinine would help, more important is to consider that manufacturer is reputed, as it is not something that is regulated strictly by FDA. Thus a product from a bad manufacturer may not have the right content. There are various formulations of creatinine available (creatinine phosphate, creatinine monohydrate, creatinine micronized, and so on), all each has its pros and cons. Just as an example, creatinine phosphate is more physiological and quick to act, but creatinine monohydrate has higher levels of creatinine content, while some other formulation may be expensive but better absorbed.
At the end of the day, these differences are not known to make a big difference, until the quality of production is excellent. So adding a creatinine to your regular work out would be a good option for a burst of energy, stamina, and quick recovery.
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