*Nature’s Velvet 100% Micronized Creatine Monohydrate. It is an amino acid that provides energy to your muscles, It helps to add volume to your lean muscles and tissues, Can be used before or after your exercise sessions, Is a great supplement for endurance building, Can be used as both Pre and Post Workout, It is Unflavoured.
Creatine can increase both short- and long-term muscle mass. It is the most effective muscle-building supplement available. It is also possible that muscle mass builds as a result of working harder during exercise.
Athletes commonly use creatine supplements, because there is some evidence that they are effective in high-intensity training. The idea is that creatine allows the body to produce more energy. With more energy, athletes can work harder and achieve more.
- What is creatine? Answer: Creatine is an organic acid found naturally in the skeletal muscle of humans and plays an important role in the production of energy within the body. It also exists in several foods we eat including fish and beef.Creatine is produced in the kidneys and liver and is made from a combination of non-essential amino acids: l-arginine, glycine, and L-methionine, this means we DON’T have to consume creatine to have it in our bodies.The body converts creatine into something called phosphocreatine (also known as creatine phosphate), which is a form of stored energy within the muscle.
- How does it work? Answer: Creatine works by increasing the stores of creatine phosphate within our muscles. When traditional sources of energy are depleted, creatine phosphate can give up (donate) its phosphate molecule to provide immediate energy.As your traditional energy sources become increasingly depleted during physical activity, performance will suffer and your muscles will fatigue. With higher levels of creatine phosphate, you can overcome this type of fatigue. In this way creatine can help improve performance (and has also been shown to increase strength and power).
- How safe is creatine? Answer: Since creatine as a supplement is (relatively) new, it is hard to determine whether or not there will be long term (think 40 years down the road) health effects from associated with using creatine.However, at this point there hasn’t been one credible study documenting any dangerous or unhealthy side effects associated with regular creatine use.After almost 20 years with no notable negative effects, we can start to accept creatine as a safe health supplement.
- How can I get creatine naturally? Answer: Creatine can be obtained directly from some of the foods we eat like beef and fish (roughly 50% of most people’s stores of creatine comes from food). Through digestion, the creatine contained within these meats is released directly into the blood stream and further transported to the body’s skeletal muscle.*A note on vegetarians: Anyone either completely vegetarian or with less than average intake of meat and fish will show below normal creatine levels. Same goes for lacto-vegetarians. If you find yourself in one of these categories, then creatine supplementation might interest you beyond just its performance-enhancing effects.
- What is the best time to take creatine? Answer: For the majority of people it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s taken consistently every day.Now some of you out there may be consuming some sort of fast acting carbohydrate right after your workout. If this is the case then you can take advantage of the spike in insulin your body has at that time to help absorb the creatine.The temporary spike in insulin won’t necessarily convert the creatine into creatine phosphate any quicker, but it will aid the body’s process of absorption. For everyone else, put it by your makeup or toothbrush so you won’t forget to take it every day.
- Can Creatine help me lose weight? Answer: There’s no conclusive data to suggest creatine can directly affect weight lose. In fact, creatine fills up the muscles with water (an important component for muscle growth) and can appear to actually put weight on.A very important distinction with this question is that it relates to weight loss, not fat loss. Let me explain.Though creatine may add additional weight (from water within the muscle cells), the strength and lean muscle gains will actually increase the body’s metabolism and aid in FAT loss!You heard it right; creatine can help the body burn fat.So don’t worry about what the scale says, it may go up in number but you’ll soon notice your pants fitting looser and your body looking better.