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Doctor insights on: Can You Build Muscle Without Creatine

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Will creatine help build muscle?

Will creatine help build muscle?

No: Muscle growth is the result of exercise, and hormones, specifically testosterone. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I want to build muscle but I was wondering if I should also take creatine? Will taking it help me get muscular?

Depends: Creatine is a popular supplement among body builders & athletes who are trying to add muscle mass. Check the other ingredients before using it. Excessive of creatinine use and muscle mass will put a burden on Kidney. Talk to your PCP & know your health before using it. If you decide to take it, drink plenty of water (>3 liter/d), check kidney function & CPK periodically as recommneded by your doc. ...Read more

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Does magnesium creatine chalate in 2000mg helps you build muscle? Or is it just for enhancing work out performance?

Does magnesium creatine chalate in 2000mg helps you build muscle? Or is it just for enhancing work out performance?

Can be dangerous: Magnesium creatine can be dangerous. It is more for enhancing work out performance but can damage your kidneys and liver. My advice is to avoid it. ...Read more

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I am trying to build muscle. Age-38. Can I take 2 g creatine per day wth no side effects? Is this dosage totally safe?

I am trying to build muscle. Age-38. Can I take 2 g creatine per day wth no side effects? Is this dosage totally safe?

No harm No help: Exercise plus a diet high in protein are the mainstays of increasing/maintaining healthy muscle bulk. Nutritional supplements (as sold in Health Food stores have NOT been shown to be useful with ANY scientifically based medical studies that I am aware of
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Hope this helps
PS the dosage is safe but you are spending $$$ for nothing! ...Read more

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Does Creatine and Amino Acids really build muscle?

Does Creatine and Amino Acids really build muscle?

Yes: No studies have shown creatine improving performance for endurance athletes. It has been shown to improve maximal lifting weight when creatine is used along with resistance training. No effect was shown in women or older men. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. A diet high in protein would assist in muscle growth when taken along with resistance training. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use creatine to build muscle if I am taking strattera (atomoxetine) and zoloft?

Is it ok to use creatine to build muscle if I am taking strattera (atomoxetine) and zoloft?

Should be OK: There shouldn't be a problem with this combination. However there is no testing done on supplements like creatine and no formal way of tracking potential interactions with prescribed drugs so answers to these kind of questions mean that there aren't enough problems that there are reports in the medical literature. ...Read more

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My 15 year old brother asked me if he would be safe to take Creatine to help build his muscles in the gym, I wasn't sure myself so I am asking, is Creatine safe for a 15 year old? Are there any risks, if so what are they?

Not at this age: Better to avoid before age 18, and better ask your doctor anyways before starting it, although no conclusive evidence that it is harmful, better to avoid before age 18, if you have kidney, or liver diseases or being diabetic, it might help some and not help others, goodluck ...Read more

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Can taking creatine help me gain muscle faster?

Can taking creatine help me gain muscle faster?

See answer: Exercise in moderation is the best way to achieve you goal. Using any protein source, I am not in favor of, because you do not know the exact source, beside they all put a lot of stress on your kidneys. Studies on this is not complete and limited. I personally has a long term side effect and does not not add, unless you willing to sacrifice your well being on advertise of the product. ...Read more

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I want to know about creatine benefits in my muscles.

I want to know about creatine benefits in my muscles.

Creatine: Is a naturally occurring protein created from aminoacids in the body. It provides energy to muscle. However an over abundance can cause increased work in the kidney and can decrease kidney function ...Read more

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Can you tell me about creatine products (gnc vs muscle pharm)?

Can you tell me about creatine products (gnc vs muscle pharm)?

GNC: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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What's a good workout to gain muscle fast but healthy. Also is creatine good for you?

Lift weights: No shortcuts here. Lift weights and eat more and you will gain muscle. Add more lean protein to your diet. Lift more and lift heavy. Focus on proper form above how much weight you are pushing. ...Read more

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Are creatine and proteinn suppliments helpful really for muscle building and stamina?

Maybe: To grow muscle mass you need adequate total balanced calories to maintain and promote growth. Protein is critical for muscle cell growth so you need on average 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily. Creatine may help a little with energy but mostly in people with medic al problems like parkinson's disease. Healthy people do not need creatine. ...Read more

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Does muscle milk contain creatine?

I believe it does.: While Muscle Milk is really a protein supplement, some versions of it do contain Creatine, I believe. Shop around. And remember not to exceed 5 grams of Creatine daily to avoid toxicity to the kidneys. ...Read more

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Does creatine increase with muscle injury?

Does creatine increase with muscle injury?

Creatine: It can though not always. Creatine reflects kidney function. Creatine kinase (ck), typically can increase with muscle injury and can occur temporarily after running a marathon with some runners. ...Read more

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Help please! Is creatine any good for building muscle?

Help please! Is creatine any good for building muscle?

Use appropriately: Creatine is naturally found in the body and is important in the process of supplying the energy for muscles to work. When used appropriately, can be helpful in refueling the muscle immediately after a work out. However, one of the side effects is drawing water into the muscle tissue and out of circulation basically causing a relative dehydration.Muscle cramping, stomach cramping and nausea can occur. ...Read more

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Does creatine actually do anything for muscle building?

Yes it does help: Yes creatine is used by body builders and athletes, daily consumption of 5 to 20 grms is safe and without side effects. ...Read more

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Would creatine be helpful for vegetarians. For building muscle in the gym.

Creatiine: May be helpful but with out properly managing it and fluids you could develop renal issues. Just in cease calories and protein with workout ...Read more

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Can nitric oxide help build your muscles or should I use creatine. Will they both support muscle growth if so witch one helps more and if I can take t?

Can nitric oxide help build your muscles or should I use creatine. Will they both support muscle growth if so witch one helps more and if I can take t?

Wow, this is wrong: Ok, let us start with creatine. There is creatine supplements which give a temporary boost and yet, Maria Sharapova was taking a pill to get rid of creatine as a performance enhancer. This tells you how ridiculous the nonscientific supplement field is. Nitric oxide is broken down. You cant get a supplment for it, except viagra (sildenafil) stops its breakdown. That opens up lungs and is useful in sprints. ...Read more

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Will creatine supplements increase the size and strength of my muscles?

Yes: It will, but not without any work on your end. Creatine can help facilitate greater muscle building but only when the two most important aspects of muscle building are also present: workouts that stress the muscles, and protein consumption.
Aim for higher weight and lower reps on bigger muscle groups (deadlifts, squats, bench press. Consume 30-50 grams of protein split before and after workout. ...Read more

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I am informed creatine retains more water in your muscles, which made me think it could be bad for prostatis?

I am informed creatine retains more water in your muscles, which made me think it could be bad for prostatis?

No: Excessive of creatinine use and muscle mass will create a chronic dehydrated state unless you drink plenty of water with it. It will also put an extra burden on your kidney. It has no effect on prostate gland but concentrated urine may mimics prostatitis symptoms. If you decide to take it, drink plenty of water (>3 liter/d), check kidney function and CPK periodically. Talk to PCP before using it ...Read more

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Im19, 87Kg, 184cm high I m using ProGainer protien+Bpi Creatine & Bcaa+Nitresx im working out so hard how much food I need to grow clean bulk Muscle?

Supplements: I would stop taking all of the supplements at your age, they can hurt your kidneys and liver. Continue a regular work out routine and increase healthy protein in your diet with lean white meats, eggs, whole grains, nuts, bars. ...Read more

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Can I treat muscle cramps with creatine?

Can I treat muscle cramps with creatine?

Muscle cramps: Creatine monohydrate supplements can enhance muscle metabolism and may prevent the development of muscle cramps in patients undergoing hemodialysis for kidney disease. In healthy individuals, high creatine levels may cause numerous unwanted effects. Rather than using it for muscle cramp treatment, engage in proper workout routines which minimize cramps. Consult a doctor before using creatine. ...Read more

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Does creatine kinase only rise with muscle injury?

Does creatine kinase only rise with muscle injury?

Muscle and Brain: Creatine kinase is present in skeletal muscle, heart, smooth muscle and brain and injury to any of these can cause elevation of this enzyme. ...Read more

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Does creatine kinase always increase with muscle injury?

Does creatine kinase always increase with muscle injury?

Yes?: CPK or ck is elevated in conditions of the muscles (aldolase, SGOT and ldh too). We use it as screening because it's sensitivity. It may elevate with cholesterol medicines, also with heart attacks and with rhabdomyolysis (when it is too high in the thousands may cause renal damage). After injury to large muscles ck may get elevated. ...Read more