As a former body builder and now runner, I have alot of experience with herbs and supplements.
First, Creatine is NOT regulated by the FDA. So the doses, strength, pureness and effectiveness of the drug have no standards.
Second, Creatine works by increasing the interstitial fluid. (The water that is between the muscle fibers.) While making a body builder look bigger their is no evidence of strength or endurance enhancement.
Third, In order for creatine to work, if it does, you need a loading dose. (this is usually the effective dose taken twice daily for the first week, so taking it for a week before the race will not help.)
Fourth and last, according to the "Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database", this drug is listed as "Possibly safe, and possibly effective".
I don't know about everybody out there, but if someone tells me that something may be safe and may or may not be effective, I opt for not taking it. Why am I out there busting hump running just to put something that may be harmful into my body.
Want better performance, train harder.
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