Do I need to take creatine?
So, we’ve all had our fair share of protein shakes and chances are you’ve relied on a pre-workout to survive that deathly weights session. But, what’s the deal with creatine?
This popular yet elusive supp is a bit of a mystery to many of us. What does it actually do? How do you take it? And, is it really worth adding into your arsenal of supplements? We’ve done some digging: here are the benefits of creatine and why it may be worth picking up a tub or two on your next supplement spree.
So, what is creatine?
As one of the most widely studied supplements on the market, it’s surprising that so many of us are unaware of what creatine monohydrate actually is and it’s list of benefits. Creatine is a molecule that is naturally produced in the body and also found in various foods. It’s produced in the body from the amino acids glycine, arginine and methionine.
From enhancing strength and promoting recovery to helping build lean muscle mass, creatine is a must for those looking to maximise their high intensity exercise performance.
Creatine usually comes in power form, but capsules also exist for those who prefer consuming it this way. Powder form is pretty easy to use though – simply add to water or into BCAAs or protein shakes if you prefer.
How can creatine benefit my training?
“Do I really need to add another supp to my diet?” I hear you ask. From BCAAs and multi-vits to your post-workout protein shake, we can see why you’d be reluctant to invest in yet another supplement. But, hear us out. Creatine is relatively cheap, and a tub will last you forever, so it won’t be too much of a burden financially. Plus, it’s super easy to take and can be scooped into shakes and BCAAs too.
So, want to know how it could benefit your training? Listen up!
Benefits of creatine
It helps muscle cells produce more energy
Taking creatine can help increase your muscles’ phosphocreatine stores. Phosphocreatine helps your body to form ATP, the key molecule your cells use for energy. This will mean you’ll have more energy to support those high-intensity workouts, whether you’re lifting weights or thrashing it out on the treadmill.
It can help speed up muscle growth
Creatine has been proven to increase lean body weight and help build muscle size. The initial cause of this is increased water content in your muscles. Adding creatine to your supp collection can also aid muscle fibre growth, which in turn will boost performance and help you achieve your goals.
It can benefit your high-intensity workouts
Due to it’s direct link to ATP production, creatine is great to boost your high-intensity workouts, supporting muscle endurance, energy during exercise and also helping improve recovery rate.
It’s so easy to use
To top it off, creatine is super easy to use. Grenade®’s powdered creatine supplement is unflavoured too, making it great for product stacking, so you needn’t worry about how you’re going to squeeze it into your diet.
So, who’s planning on adding creatine to their supplement stash? You can shop Grenade®’s creatine powder here. If you’re after more supp advice, then head over to our blog, where we reveal the many different ways you can use protein powder.