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    Default Favorite type of creatine?

    What kind of creatine do you take?

    What have you experienced from it? Pros & Cons

    Just started creatine monohydrate and wanted to see what others thought of it.

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    Optimum Nutrition, you can never go wrong.

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    Monohydrate. The most proven and studied and effective creatine on the market.
    3-5g on workout days after 5g for 30 days
    No need to load or cycle creatine.
    Primaforce, Allmax, Universal are all good brands.

    5g for 30 days, then 3-5g on workout days. NO need to load or cycle your creatine:

    Total body creatine pool turnover is ~2 grams per day. So, if you've neared saturation from use of creatine over an extended period of time, then you are not going to retain more than ~2 grams no matter what. ~3 grams (+/- a little dpending upon LBM) is really all that's needed. As you can see from the Cr group below, most of the 10 grams of creatine taken at once goes down the toilet.

    For those that say holding water while taking creatine its a far stretch. Creatine is stored intra-cellular and under the skin and inside the cell. This helps draw water into the cells to help with ATP Production. Not extracellular.
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    Mono ftw

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    Quote Originally Posted by keddo126 View Post
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    I have used medisys micronized creatine supplement. It increases my workout intensity, stamina and muscles. This was the best supplement for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LayzieBone085 View Post
    Monohydrate. The most proven and studied and effective creatine on the market.
    3-5g on workout days after 5g for 30 days
    No need to load or cycle creatine.
    Primaforce, Allmax, Universal are all good brands.

    5g for 30 days, then 3-5g on workout days. NO need to load or cycle your creatine:

    Total body creatine pool turnover is ~2 grams per day. So, if you've neared saturation from use of creatine over an extended period of time, then you are not going to retain more than ~2 grams no matter what. ~3 grams (+/- a little dpending upon LBM) is really all that's needed. As you can see from the Cr group below, most of the 10 grams of creatine taken at once goes down the toilet.

    For those that say holding water while taking creatine its a far stretch. Creatine is stored intra-cellular and under the skin and inside the cell. This helps draw water into the cells to help with ATP Production. Not extracellular.


    I went up 7lbs after taking it for a couple of weeks, then as soon as I came off it I returned to my starting weight after a couple of days.... I think water retention is a thing and just depends on the individual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonSaysROFL View Post
    I went up 7lbs after taking it for a couple of weeks, then as soon as I came off it I returned to my starting weight after a couple of days.... I think water retention is a thing and just depends on the individual.
    Did you load it?? If you did that is probably why.
    Take 5g for 30 days then 3g on workout days and you should see minimal water retention. Yes creatine is stored intra-cellular and holds water inside the cells (not extra cellular) where people say they "hold water". If this were the case people would eat steak and hold water because steak and other poultry contain creatine in it per serving.

    ". A recent double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that, after three months of creatine use, test subjects showed no significant increase in body water. In fact, the creatine group showed greater gains in total body mass and fat-free mass. Best of all, this recent study employed the latest in body composition measurements-deuterated water isotopic analysis which utilizes a non-radioactive "tracer". Now it is possible that some inferior-grade creatine may actually promote water gain that results in a soft, puffy look. However, this can be due to several reasons. One, it may not be due to the creatine, but excess sodium. When cheaply manufactured, excess sodium remains in the finished product."
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    I did not load, I simply took 5g a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonSaysROFL View Post
    I did not load, I simply took 5g a day.
    Could be many other factors outside of the creatine that could cause that issue, not just the supplement itself. But everyone is different. For 99% of the people it won't be an issue.
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    Definitely Creatine monohydrate, but I'd say for the most part creatine is creatine..

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    Careful with this stuff. All evidence shows that it is safe. I noticed I become depressed and moody when I take it, so I quit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew View Post
    Careful with this stuff. All evidence shows that it is safe. I noticed I become depressed and moody when I take it, so I quit.
    Because it is safe.
    Its found in steak and the foods we eat
    When you eat a steak or eggs do you become depressed and moody? I highly doubt it.
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    Monohydrate, there is a study from Texas A&M and the concluded that Monohydrate was the most effective type of creatine and is the cost the least, I myself take 5g after a workout
    Last edited by BigMo; 03-30-2017 at 06:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMo View Post
    Monohydrate, there is a study from Texas A&M and the concluded that Monohydrate was the most effective type of creatine and is the cost the least, I myself take 5g after a workout
    Can't go wrong with straight up creatine monohydrate... especially for first time users.
    I say first time users because they can then gauge effectiveness on a designer creatine supplement after using the benchmark of creatine.

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    I heard good things about creatine nitrate but personally i have never taken it. Monohydrate worked for me, got up 20 lbs in two months and then dropped 5 when I cycled off of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack3d14 View Post
    I heard good things about creatine nitrate but personally i have never taken it. Monohydrate worked for me, got up 20 lbs in two months and then dropped 5 when I cycled off of it.
    You don't have to ever cycle on or off creatine. that is a huge myth. You get creatine in steak or fish.
    Do you need to cycle fish or steak? Absolutely not.
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