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Doctor insights on: Creatine Or Pre Workout Supplements

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Do preworkout supplements and creatine supplements cause a spike in insulin?

Do preworkout supplements and creatine supplements cause a spike in insulin?

Supplements insulin: Supplements are never studied properly to assure you that they do what they say they do and test if they do more harm.than good. Unless you need to spend money on junk that does not work and may be harmful avoid all supplements. The life you save may be your own. ...Read more

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Whey protein isolated best pre or post workout?

Whey protein isolated best pre or post workout?

Whey protein: 1. Protein is protein. Whey, or any other source. 2. Pre/post workout - theoretically one can argue for both. BOTTOM LINE - NO ONE KNOWS. Those people who claim one way is better or use this type of protein or another have either something to sell you or they "think" they know best. But, there is no published peer reviewed studies. Do what feels best for you! ...Read more

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What are some good pre workout supplements for endurance training?

What are some good pre workout supplements for endurance   training?

Depends: Most endurance training workouts are best fueled by a well balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables. Having an adequate of amount of carbs is important to maximize the glycogen stores in the muscles, which provides the muscles with energy. Supplement with adequate hydration, a small of amount of protein as well. ...Read more

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Is taking a pre-workout supplement with creatine bad before running?

Is taking a pre-workout supplement with creatine bad before running?

Possibly: Depending on how far you are running. If you become extremely dehydrated during long range running, you may want to avoid taking creatine before running to avoid any renal irritation. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Should I take cretine or casein? with whey protein and a preworkout supplements (c4)

Should I take cretine or casein?  with whey protein and a preworkout supplements  (c4)

Creatine: If you are already taking a whey ( milk ) protein. You dont need an additional milk (casein) protein. Too much protein can tax your kidneys as well. Speak to a health care professional with expertise in athletic supplements for dosing. ...Read more

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Would suppliments like whey protein or creatine powders help or hinder healing of pulled muscles?

Would suppliments like whey protein or creatine powders help or hinder healing of pulled muscles?

Likely neither: Eating extra protein or extra Amino Acids is sort of like eating a second helping of roast pork loin, grilled chicken breast, or scrambled egg whites. The foods taste better, cost less, are more natural, and should support healing just as well. ...Read more

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Does whey protein or creatine causes premature ejaculation?

Does whey protein or creatine causes premature ejaculation?

No Connection: Whey protein/creatine should have no effect on ejaculation. Age, stimulation, certain medications might affect pe. ...Read more

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I take adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). I also workout. I started some supplements. Are there any interactions, please be specific. Supplements are creatine monohydrate, l-arginine, and whey protein with glutamine.

I take adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine).  I also workout.  I started some supplements.  Are there any interactions, please be specific. Supplements are creatine monohydrate, l-arginine, and whey protein with glutamine.

Generally none: Supplements with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) should have no problem but some people have problems with supplements. Start with one supplement at a time give it at least one month then add another if no problems with your body. Looks like your trying to build muscle mass. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does GNC pro performance 100% whey protein contain creatine?

No: It contains a whey protein blend and some additional ingredients mainly for flavor and preservation. Creatine is a separate supplement. ...Read more

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Creatine complex supplements good or bad?

Creatine complex supplements good or bad?

Fairly ok: Out of all bodybuilding supplmements, creatine seems to be on of the few that has proven efficacy and benign side effects, make sure you have a normal kidney and liver function before you take them. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take sports supplements with diabetes? Currently consuming protein/creatine shake, sd matrix, fat burners, fish oils vitamin C tablets?

Since all that: Junk is a waste of money, doesn't do anything positive for you except spend your money, why do it? Besides, you don't know what's in any of that stuff, what harm it could possibly do to you, how it could interact negatively with medication or other supplements, etc. Save your money and use it on monitoring strips, healthy food, valid medication, etc. That can help you live better and longer. ...Read more

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What are the best pre workouts before bodybuilding workouts.

What are the best pre workouts before bodybuilding workouts.

Aerobic excercise : Streches and aerobic excercise like jogging for 15 to 30minues will help lossen your muscles and decrease risk of muscle injury. ...Read more

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Is taking a pre-workout supplement with creatine bad before running?

Possibly: Depending on how far you are running. If you become extremely dehydrated during long range running, you may want to avoid taking creatine before running to avoid any renal irritation. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Are my chances higher to get kidney stones if i take pre workout supplements and creatine the same day of a workout?

Are my chances higher to get kidney stones if i take pre workout supplements and creatine the same day of a workout?

Not the key: Your history indicates you've already had kidney stones. The key for you will be staying well-hydrated. Creatine's great for a man putting on muscle, and protein's good after; i hope you're not spending much money on anything else and i trust you're a natural bodybuilder -- everyone i know who's tried artificial steroids has been sorry. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I started having white spots on my triceps and thigh region after consuming some bodybuilding supplements.One of them is a pre workout and creatine supplement.Is there any way to reduce or remove those white spots?It has been there for some time.

I started having white spots on my triceps and thigh region after consuming some bodybuilding supplements.One of them is a pre workout and creatine supplement.Is there any way to reduce or remove those white spots?It has been there for some time.

Maybe not related?: Not sure why supplements would cause white spots on the skin. Rashes are hard to describe in words. Some whitish spots are dry, sensitive skin spots (a mild form of eczema). However, some fungal infections can look like whitish spots if the problem is mild (tinea versicolor causes such spots). A primary care doctor or dermatologist can look to see what might be the best treatment. ...Read more

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Do preworkout supplements and creatine supplements cause a spike in insulin?

Supplements insulin: Supplements are never studied properly to assure you that they do what they say they do and test if they do more harm.than good. Unless you need to spend money on junk that does not work and may be harmful avoid all supplements. The life you save may be your own. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about creatine ethyl ester or pre-workout?

Not known: Check company brochure for dosing time. Remember, these products are not FDA regualted. Dose, interval and safety profile is not known. Talk to your PCP and know your health status before using them. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's better to drink creatine as a pre-workout or post-workout ?

Please advise if it's better to drink creatine as a pre-workout or post-workout ?

Creatine before: Creatine is a small molecule that helps with initial activity energy. It holds onto phosphorous in the muscle cells. Therefore, maintaining maximum creatine in muscle cells will allow increase sets, help sprinting workouts, it will pull water into muscles. So creatine after workouts, does not match its intent but ok if you took it everyday after your work outs cause that works for you. ...Read more

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Do I have to rest from taking creatine monohydrate? I've been taking it for 5 weeks as a pre-workout and I'm still taking it.

Do I have to rest from taking creatine monohydrate? I've been taking it for 5 weeks as a pre-workout and I'm still taking it.

No: Don't be a sucker. There are enough amino acids, vitamins and minerals to help bigger muscles w/o supplements in a "Quarter Pounder". The placebo effect makes millions of dollars for charlatans who offer nothing more scientific than testimonials. The Torah says the best place to hide a lie is between two truths. Stay healthy. Eat healthy and eschew the supplements ...Read more

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Have Creatinine level of 1.36. Workout 6 days a week strenuously. Take Protein and Creatine supplements too. What should I do, should i be worried?

Have Creatinine level of 1.36. Workout 6 days a week strenuously. Take Protein and Creatine supplements too. What should I do, should i be worried?

Inconsistent data: A single reading of 1.36 is not worrisome given the information you provided, however, it needs to be monitored. There are inconsistencies in your information, on one level it says you are a 33 yr old male and then you say Low FSH and LH which usually applies to women. It is imperative that you control your high blood pressure as that is likely to damage your kidneys and other organs. ...Read more

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Hello, I m currently on Accutane (started 3 days ago) and I was wondering if i would still be able to take creatine supplement for my workout. I have been taking creatine for couple years now so it's not like I m starting to take it. I drink lots of wate

Hello,

I m currently on Accutane (started 3 days ago) and I was wondering if i would still be able to take creatine supplement for my workout. I have been taking creatine for couple years now so it's not like I m starting to take it. I drink lots of wate

Do not recommend : Supplements are not FDA regulated, therefore the ingredients are not totally known and guaranteed to be safe. There might be unknown interactions with isotretinoin. To be safe , I would recommend stop taking all supplements while you are on this medication. ...Read more

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Asian M High BP Bodybuilding/Cardio exercise take BSN NO Xplode (Caffeine+Creatine+NO) supplement.Can't workout hard without it.Can I take it safely?

Asian M High BP Bodybuilding/Cardio exercise take BSN NO Xplode (Caffeine+Creatine+NO) supplement.Can't workout hard without it.Can I take it safely?

Difficult Quetion: It will be very hard to get a 'good' or even correct answer to this. The problem is that supplement companies are not subject to inspection/regulation by the FDA, and there are very few independent studies that are ever done on their products. So... it's difficult to know the compounds that are actually in the substance - as well as their amounts. Buyer beware... ...Read more

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Is there side effect for creatine? If I take it before workout?

Is there side effect for creatine? If I take it before workout?

Yes: I agree with dr nguyen. We see many patients with elevation in blood creatinine (creatine is broken down to creatinine). This can suggest kidney dysfunction. It may also cause water retention. There is some sketchy evidence that it builds muscle mass, and make you stronger for short bursts, but most doctors feel the potential or real harm outweighs the benefit of taking creatine. ...Read more

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Creatine and whey supplements hello there, I have been working out for 6 months now, at the gym and i want to start taking supplements so im going to take creatine whey and dextrose, after workout, my question is im going to do 20-30 min of aerobics after

Those : Those supplements have not been deemed safe in high quality literature, including peer-reviewed literature, and are not deemed effective or safe for enhancing training regimens. They have, however, been documented to cause muscle breakdown such as rhabdomyolysis in multiple case studies. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is not that high but i could possibly have pkd. Is it ok for me to take pre workout such as nitraflex or just avoid creatine?

PKD?: Do you have a family history of pkd? If you think you have pkd, ask your physician to order a renal ultrasound (u). If you have it, it will show up on the u. If you don't, the u will allay your fears. Then you can do as you please. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does creatine do?Shud i take it b4 or after my workout.I've also tried some supplements lyk mass gainers and whey proteins.Which shud i take when

What does creatine do?Shud i take it b4 or after my workout.I've also tried some supplements lyk mass gainers and whey proteins.Which shud i take when

Gain muscle mass: A single 5 g (5000 mg) oral dose in healthy adults results in a peak plasma creatine level of approximately 120 mg/l at 1–2 hours post-ingestion. Creatine has a fairly short elimination half-life, averaging just less than 3 hours, so to maintain an elevated plasma level it would be necessary to take small oral doses every 3–6 hours throughout the day. Follow directions! ...Read more

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I m 21 a male athlete,was using creatine,protein,assault(pre workout) n l glutamine.hbp 180/80doc says no meds required just stp the sups. Is he rite?

I m 21 a male athlete,was using creatine,protein,assault(pre workout) n l glutamine.hbp 180/80doc says no meds required just stp the sups. Is he rite?

Maybe: Androgenic steroids cause HBP but protein supplements shouldn't. I don't know what "assault" is or what's in it. If it has steoid or salt in its formula, it may be contributing. I see you had US of the kidneys. Are your creatinine, electrolytes, and urinalysis normal? Renal artery duplex exam is indicated. Urinary catecholamines are low yield but should be checked once. O/W just treat the BP. ...Read more

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Being a hepatitis b patient (17 yrs male) i workout on regular basis.Can i take creatine, gultamine, iron supplements.Pls help.Wil it incrse my strength?

Being a hepatitis b patient (17 yrs male) i workout on regular basis.Can i take creatine, gultamine, iron supplements.Pls help.Wil it incrse my strength?

Probably not: These supplements are generally unnecessary if you have a normal healthy diet. Working out on a regular basis should keep you in good condition and by itself may increase the degree of strength that you have. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a patient that has had a renal transplant take any workout supplement that contains creatine? Or is it unwise altogether?

Can a patient that has had a renal transplant take any workout supplement that contains creatine? Or is it unwise altogether?

I'd stay away: The supplement has not been shown to really help much with the muscle development so it is not worth the risk (or money). ...Read more