Creatine Is a Scam

| March 8, 2014 by Truth Seeker |

Creatine a.k.a. ”the most researched” bodybuilding supplement has been promoted heavily over the last few decades. Many consider it a must for natural bodybuilders.

Is the hype backed up by real results?

Function: The main function of creatine is to facilitate the recycling of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).


ATP is known as “nature’s energizer” and is produced by almost all living things. ATP is essentially the “spark that lights the fire”. It triggers cellular metabolism. Without ATP cells have no energy to repair, reproduce and function.

Creatine is an amino acid first synthesized in the liver. 95% of it is transported to the skeletal muscle. When the need for energy is high, ATP is rapidly re-synthesized with the use of phosphocreatine (PCr) through a reversible reaction with the enzyme creatine kinase (CK). Since creatine increases the muscles’ PCr stores, the body’s ability to re-synthesized ATP improves as well. Consequently, muscle endurance goes higher.

Creatine is not an essential nutrient. The body can produce creatine from the amino acids L-arginine, glycine, and L-methionine. Protein sources rich in these amino acids provide all the creatine needed for good health. Supplements never put that on the label, do they?

Experts believe that since creatine supplementation increases energy, one should be able to do more repetitions. In return, more reps (volume) are supposed to stimulate more muscle growth. However, it’s hard to tell if those extra reps are not just a placebo effect. Moreover, how are a few reps supposed to change your physique anyway? Besides, you can just do another set and reach the same overall lifting tonnage.

Excessive amounts of creatine has been used by many lifters. There are people who have been using the stuff for years and years with zero results. This is not a surprise because supplementation plays a very small portion in the process of getting bigger. Nutrition and training are more important.

The big believers in creatine are easy to spot in every gym. They are the smallest guys with the thinnest wallets.

Everything about creatine can be summarized in a few lines:

  1. Creatine is not an effective muscle builder. Most of its effect is based on placebo and wishful thinking of the highest order.
  2. Creatine is not an effective strength enhancer – strength and endurance are two different things. Strength coaches consider creatine supplementation unimportant when you perform low repetition sets.
  3. Creatine promotes water retention and decreases your muscular definition.
  4. Creatine often causes diarrhea.
  5. Creatine can cause kidney problems. The risk is low but it’s not zero. People who are more likely to be affected are patients with pre-existing kidney problems.
  6. Some people don’t feel anything from creatine. I am one of them. It does nothing for me.
  7. You don’t need creatine to hit the natty limits.

Turn off the TV, read more, love more and don’t trust the bodybuilding propaganda.

References:

http://www.bidmc.org/. Creatine. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Retrieved 2010-08-23

http://www.shankara.com/. What Is ATP? What does it stand for and what is the mechanism by which it energizes cells?.

http://www.sportsci.org/. Creatine and kidney damage?. Will G Hopkins PhD, Physiology and Physical Education, University of Otago, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand

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4 comments

    1. Robb

      Joke is you throwing your money away. I wonder if you already passed the 300lb benchpress with your super supplement. People had awesome physiques since forever, creatine supplements emerged in early 90s. Throwing 5grams of some white powder to your throat every day, in order to better your physique, goes against a common sense.

      1. Micoolol Kücükmus

        you idiot cannt tell you,
        first things first
        what is the ´secret receipt´ of an authentical study
        youre right,
        the DOES a control group,
        anything different wouldn’t make any sense
        anyways
        so there are enough studies to believe which works as simple as that #science
        how do yo ´nattyornot´ changed any plateaus after the first two years of natty needle in ass sticking of naturaly natty ass bulking
        huuuh???
        which btw which plateau definetly has to happen AT LEAST AS SOON AS youve done your sixth mesocycle. IF YOUVE DONE IT RIGHT, which and that i have to say whicha would no expect from somelike youif iuve done it propahhliy
        yes, you have to build up some strength to git sm strength wars done what a hell
        keep looking forward to amazin blog without throwin that kind that sort of shit it
        beg greeting from germany
        love ya m momo

  1. Shi

    Quote: “And how are a few (extra) reps supposed to change your physique anyway?”

    You appear not to have a clue about strength training and how added weight or added reps builds more muscle/strength.

    I grant you that DLB doesn’t come across as the brightest star in space…but you don’t glow much either.

    The one thing we agree on is that Creatine is a waste of money for the gullible.

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