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Carmen Malcolm 03-06-2016 08:08 AM

Creatine Question
Hello Everyone

I'd been supplementing with Creatine HCL for about five months (continuous, no cycling).

I like the supplement very much - have experienced no adverse side affects. I've gained lean muscle mass, look and feel better and my strength has improved too.

However, I stopped taking it about two weeks ago. I read and heard conflicting reports - that taking it long-term was damaging to your kidneys, that by supplementing continuously your body would eventually 'forget' how to
produce creatine itself and that creatine supplementation could even cause hair loss - as a girl that freaks me out!

Could someone please set the record straight? What is fact and what is fiction?

Thanks in advance, Carmen

John Drohan 03-07-2016 06:21 AM

Re: Creatine Question
Most research today indicates that creatine is possibly one of the safest supplements to take:

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If you are really worried, you can always go get a standard blood test from your physician to see how your kidney and liver functions are relative to the norm.

Luke Sirakos 03-07-2016 11:19 AM

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Check out for all your supplement questions (wfs)

They are researched based and non-biased as they have no financial interest in supplement companies. The short answer is you are fine to take it, make sure you are getting enough water.

David Meverden 03-08-2016 03:34 PM

Re: Creatine Question
Yes, very safe, even for long term use.

Creatine has been exhaustively studied for safety and efficacy, though those studies do tend to use Creatine Monohydrate, not HCL. I've never seen anything to indicate that the HCL is less safe, it's just less studied. I've also never seen anything to indicate it's more effective. I just stick to the monohydrate, myself. But who knows.

Chris Mason 03-12-2016 04:19 PM

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HCL is a waste of money. Get aNOPE creatine monohydrate product and save money and get the same results.

As others noted, a very safe supplement.

Dare Vodusek 03-14-2016 12:21 AM

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Why is creapure better than "normal" creatine mono?

Mike Carter 03-18-2016 02:28 PM

Re: Creatine Question
[QUOTE=Dare Vodusek;1261378]Why is creapure better than "normal" creatine mono?[/QUOTE]

It is a patented "pharmaceutical grade" creatine monohydrate made by a German company.

For a great review of supplements check out (SFW) It grades supplements based upon purity, safety, label accuracy etc....

Here is a review from the mayo clinic on creatine

Dare Vodusek 03-19-2016 02:44 AM

Re: Creatine Question
Yes, but is it worth almodt double the price of creatine mono? In what terms is it better, besides the purity? Is less than 5g daily recommended, etc?

Luke Sirakos 03-19-2016 08:10 AM

Re: Creatine Question
I mean it is dirt cheap as is, might as well get stuff that isn't full of impurities

Shawn M Wilson 03-19-2016 12:01 PM

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This discussion has happened countless times on this board. In the end anything over 5-10g gets removed from your system via urine. Some say it's so cheap who cares and they know they are getting the max retainment of it.

You can google also and find that the expensive junk isn't any better than a good mono hydrate

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