What is micronized creatine monohydrate?
Micronized creatine is essentially creatine monohydrate, except it has been micronized, which means that the molecules of creatine have been divided or cut up. This increases their surface area up to 20 times, increasing its absorption and reducing stomach discomfort.
Do I need to take my creatine with carbohydrates to make it effective?
Whenever we digest carbohydrates, our pancreas secretes a hormone known as insulin. The simpler the carb, the higher the burst of insulin our pancreas releases to deal with them. The good thing about insulin is that it actually drives nutrients into our muscles to assist them in recovery. If Creatine is taken with fast burning carbs, it will increase the absorption rate in the muscles. However, insulin is also responsible for fat storage. Therefore it is best suited to use a sugar spike like this with a post workout meal.
Which supplement is better creatine or protein?
Amino acids are the building blocks of our muscles. If the body does not get enough of these, then there is no point in working out. Creatine is an outstanding supplement, but if a choice has to be made between getting at least 1 gram a day of protein or 1 gram a day of Creatine, opt for protein.
Can I take creatine and protein at the same time?
Firstly, protein is a food product. If creatine and protein are not taken at the same time, then one must probably be following a strict vegetarian diet and still he/she would end up consuming around 40 grams a day, just from normal foods. To top this off, creatine is not of much use without a significant protein intake. It is recommended that the proper consumption of both would provide the best results.
Since creatine makes you gain weight should I not take it on a cut?
Yes, creatine causes the body to hold water, but that is a good thing. The fact that muscles are super hydrated even on a cut is fantastic. If anything, creatine will assist in maintaining more lean mass while dieting.
Is there anything I can take to make creatine a more effective supplement?
It is to be noted beforehand that creatine will not work if the body is not properly hydrated. Super hydrating the body will also improve the weight room pumps tremendously. Creatine is good stacked with high glycemic carbs, as well as sodium. They both facilitate creatine transport into the muscle cells. This is recommended only for post workout meal.
Does caffeine affect creatine monohydrate?
According to creapure, one of the most respected manufacturers of creatine monohydrate in Germany, large doses of caffiene may hamper the performance results while taking creatine. However, smaller doses of caffeine such as coffee and most pre-workout powders should be ok.
Is it allergic or unsafe?
Creatine does not contain any allergic content. Creatine is not a hormone. Therefore it does not have the side effects associated with any pro-hormone or any illegal steroid.