Creatine Monohydrate FAQs
Why Supplement with Creatine Monohydrate?
It is beneficial for performance, and crucial for athletes looking for an edge. It is heavily studied, with tangible results in sports ranging from endurance sports such as cycling to sports such as powerlifting and sprinting. Of the various forms out there, the most consistently studied is creatine monohydrate. Creatine monohydrate typically shows the best results across the board when compared to other forms of creatine. There is no scientific evidence that other forms of creatine are superior to Creatine Monohydrate. In fact, most other forms of creatine either perform equally or below Create Monohydrate and tend to be more expensive. Creatine Monohydrate has shown reliable, consistent results and has been widely regarded as one of the safest dietary supplements available. Creatine can help with muscle building, strength, anaerobic capacity, work capacity, and many other important factors related to performance.
What is Creatine?
Creatine is a naturally compound that is synthesized in the liver and is also found in red meat and fish. It helps replenish energy in muscle cells quickly, which makes it extremely beneficial especially for athletes who have short, high intensity bursts in sport or in their workouts.
Why Upper Echelon Nutrition Micronized Creatine Monohydrate?
At Upper Echelon Nutrition, we let the scientific research dictate what products we produce. Creatine Monohydrate is the one of the most heavily researched and studied performance-enhancing supplements available, and we believe it should be a staple supplement in any athlete’s arsenal. We will consistently bring you premium products that have been rigorously tested for potency and purity. Our Creatine Monohydrate is micronized, which means that it is filtered in the manufacturing process to make the particles smaller, allowing it to mix easier and stay suspended in liquid longer than non-micronized forms of creatine monohydrate.
What Should I Mix My Creatine With?
Creatine can be mixed with a variety of beverages. It dissolves well in anything ranging from water to your post workout protein shake.
How much do I take? Do I Need A Loading Phase?
The typical consumption recommendation is approximately 5 grams daily. There is no need to cycle on and off creatine, as it is safe to consume for extended periods. There is evidence that upwards of 20 grams daily for multiple years caused no harmful effects to the body. As long as it is taken consistently daily, timing isn’t an issue. Some athletes may choose to start with a loading phase of 20 grams / day for the first 5 days, but this is not necessary to reap all the benefits. Some GI discomfort may be caused by higher doses (15-20g of Creatine) so that’s why we recommend 5 grams daily. The effects of Creatine are cumulative, which means they build up over time.
I’ve gained weight on creatine before. What’s the deal?
Creatine is stored in muscle and increases intracellular water retention, which is an anabolic stimulus for hypertrophy (aka muscle growth). It is necessary to consume extra water for that reason. Creatine does not and will not make you gain fat mass, nor will it make you look bloated.
Is Creatine Vegan-Friendly?
Yes, it is, since Creatine Monohydrate is chemically synthesized. Those on a Vegan or Vegetarian diet may benefit even more from taking a creatine supplement as natural daily creatine intake (from meat and/or fish) would otherwise be negligible on a Vegan/Vegetarian diet.
How does creatine help me in my sport?
Creatine is involved in the energy production process in your muscles. Supplementing with creatine will increase creatine stores in the muscles and may help give you an extra boost that you otherwise wouldn’t have.