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Old 06-02-2007, 03:57 PM   #1
Jaime Steele
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Hi Guys

I have read quite a few different opinions on whether or not it is essential to complete a loading phase on creatine. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Also during the maintenance phase if you miss a day or two does the loading phase have to be started again? I know quite a few people here don't believe in supplementing but I have found creatine a good one.

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Old 06-02-2007, 06:26 PM   #2
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Jaime;
I have a hard time figuring out why to take it. It loads the cells with water, you get stonger, gain weight, stop taking it, loss water, some strength, plus, cash out, cash in. Better to tune diet with food then fake supps. Do you plan to stay on it for life? Just my two cents, as I've tried if off and on for a few years and every time, feel a little bit like I'm cheating??,

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Old 06-02-2007, 09:34 PM   #3
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Creatine is good for increasing endurance and is purported to have additional health benefits.

The evidence I've seen suggests that you can either "load up" with 20g/day for a few days or go with 5g/day. The end result is the same. You will saturate you creatine stores. The latter just takes longer.

Some people are now saying it might be good to take a month off creatine every 4-5 months. I haven't seen much info in this respect.

So basically: just compensate for lost days.
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Old 06-03-2007, 08:38 AM   #4
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Don't bother loading. Try it for 1-2 months. If you don't notice appreciable results, stop taking it. A large part of the population are complete non-responders to it. But some people see dramatic strength/power increases. If you're one of those people, you'll know it quickly.
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:14 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies guys. I'll try not loading.

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Old 06-05-2007, 03:06 PM   #6
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There are some significant benefits to creatine supplementation beyond performance. Improvements in HDL's as well as protection against eschemic brain injury.

Use the search function...there are some good threads son this topic.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:19 PM   #7
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I was going to make the same comments as Rob. I have read a number of studies that speak of creatine being a good supplement to protect against neurological misfunction as we age.

However I am against both a loading phase, and against taking it with sugar loaded drinks. Eat a banana and have it water... toss it in with some green tea. Don't add a host of juice to your diet just to pop down 5g of creatine.
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