Ok, so you know how great creatine is and that it actually lives up to the hype. Put simply, this stuff really works and can really give you a helping hand to increase your strength in the gym and therefore build build more effectively.
But what about any side effects of creatine usage? You may be wondering if there are any, and also any potential dangers and health risks. This article will help answer these questions for you.
Are There Any Bad Effects of Creatine?
There have been many studies undertaken on whether creatine supplementation has any negative effects on the body. But after all the studies, nobody has found any serious downsides to creatine usage. Creatine is a non toxic substance and has been proven to be safe.
Although you should keep in mind that creatine supplementation has not been around all that long, so we can't be 100% sure that there are no negative creatine side effects. There are no full long-term studies completely clearing creatine of any bad effects, but the short and medium term concensus is that creatine is very safe to use.
You might hear things about kidney and liver damage being associated with creatine supplementing, but there is no proof of this at all. There has never been a study linking the two, so you can be fairly certain its not something you should be worrying about.
As for the real creatine side effects, they are quite minor concerns and don't occur often at all. The best thing is they can all be prevented:
As you can see, there are no seriously bad effects of creatine so you can supplement confidently. Having said that, you still should follow all the guidelines on taking it correctly and safely. Don't go overboard with your dosages because as you should know, too much of anything can be bad for you.
Hopefully this article has helped answer some of your questions about creatine side effects and potential dangers.
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