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Elevate your fitness goals with creatine supplements

Creatine monohydrate is a popular dietary supplement for athletes, bodybuilders and anyone hoping to help enhance their performance on the track and field or in the gym. Healthylife offers a range of creatine supplements available as flavoured and unflavoured powders or gummies, with an assurance of quality you can trust. It’s important to consult your healthcare professional before taking creatine to ensure you take it correctly.

What is creatine?

Creatine is a naturally occurring compound made of amino acids and produced by the body in order to transfer energy to cells. It’s also found in small amounts in foods such as meat, poultry and fish and is available as a dietary supplement in a synthetic form known as creatine monohydrate.

Identified as a natural component of skeletal muscle by a French chemist in 1832, creatine’s benefits as a dietary supplement have been studied since the early 20th century, with research increasing during the 1990s. Today, it is one of the world’s most popular dietary supplements.

What does creatine do?

Creatine is essential for cellular energy production, particularly in high-demand tissues like muscles and the brain. 

Research on creatine supplementation has shown benefits for athletic performance, including the development of muscle mass, performance enhancement and recovery. It has been found to enhance muscle glycogen storage more effectively than carbohydrate alone, which is important for recovery and prevention of overtraining. In addition, it has been shown to minimise muscle damage, inflammation and soreness. It may also contribute to reduced musculoskeletal injuries, support quicker injury recovery and help prevent muscle loss. 

While the benefits of creatine supplementation have traditionally been associated with high-intensity athletic training, it has been found to offer a broader spectrum of benefits, including potentially helping with blood sugar, as well as early research around brain health and cognitive performance. 

How much creatine should you take?

Your healthcare professional can advise you on the right amount of creatine to take. While it’s considered a low-risk supplement if taken as directed, there may be risks associated with taking too much or taking it over long periods of time.  

Are there any side effects to taking creatine?

Some people may experience side effects such as gastrointestinal upsets, dehydration, dizziness and weight gain due to water retention. 

Need help navigating which creatine supplement to choose? Talk to a naturopath to learn more about our range.

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