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Creatine Is Here To Stay!

We've sold thousands and thousands of bottles of Creatine Monohydrate over the past eight years, and it's always puzzled me why everybody believes what they hear from a friend or read on the internet about the dangers of Creatine. Everybody who uses creatine correctly, under the right circumstances, benefits from its ability to increase anaerobic power.

Here are four studies that offer factual information about creatine's safety and positive effects-

Cramping in Athletes Using Creatine

Arkansas State University at Jonesboro conducted two studies to test the possibility that creatine use could increase the chance of getting cramps and/or injuring tendons, ligaments, or muscles. These tests were conducted during training camps for both baseball and football. The test group used 15-25 grams of creatine per day for five days, prior to training, and then reduced the dose to the maintainance level of 5 gram per day during training.

They determined that creatine use had no effects on muscle cramps, injury, illness or missed practices.

Yes, it works, but how safe is it long-term?

Finally, the medical community is beginning to admit that creatine is useful in certain athletic training programs. Their only irrefutable claim so far has been, that long-term use MIGHT cause liver or kidney damage. Studies on long term use are beginning to show up in peer-review publications.

Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri, conducted a study to compare football players who have used creatine in strength training for as long as four years, to players who have never used creatine. Blood tests showed no difference in blood markers used to indicate kidney or liver disease or toxicity. This led to their conclusion that long-term creatine use does not have any negative effect on the liver or kidneys.

Creatine's not just for kids.

OK, now it's pretty clear that creatine can help young athletes build muscle, but what does that mean for those of us who aren't as young as we used to be? Men lose up to 20% of their muscle mass from ages 35-60, causing loss of strength, which increases likelihood of falls, and the inability to toss grandkids in the air.

Ohio University, Athens, studied a group of men aged 59-72, divided into a test group using .3 grams per kilogram (2.2 lbs) of bodyweight, and a control group receiving a placebo, for seven days. The dose of creatine would be considered a "loading" dose. The creatine group increased their body weight, lean mass, bench press strength, leg press strength, and speed on a stationary bike, as compared to the placebo group.

It's never too late to add muscle. And, since women typically have less muscle mass to begin with, it's even more important for women to build muscle mass for the same reasons.

OK, Creatine helps build muscle, but what about bone?

At Meiji Seika Kaisha, in Tokyo, Japan, a study was conducted to see if creatine could stimulate bone growth. Granted, the study was conducted on rats, but it provided interesting information on creatine and calcium absorption. There were four groups; exercising rats given creatine, exercising rats given a placebo, non-exercising rats given creatine, and non-exercising rats given a placebo.

As expected, the exercising rats developed higher bone mineral density. The exercising rats given creatine showed a 14% higher bone mineral density. The creatine-supplemented rats also absorbed more dietary calcium, which may account for the extra bone growth. It also may indicate that creatine supplementation may require higher levels of calcium intake.

For more information on the safety of creatine, look up this article- "Is Creatine a Killer?"