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Will creatine supplements hurt my body’s ability to produce it on its own?

Will creatine supplements hurt my body’s ability to produce it on its own?

Mike wants to know, if he takes supplements that contain things that his body already produces, like creatine or amino acids, will his body stop making them? Also, what’s the danger of taking creatine and not drinking enough water?

Harry’s advice:

Certain supplements for substances like testosterone can hurt your body’s ability to produce its own. If you take testosterone supplements, like a cream or injection, it can stop your body from producing testosterone on its own. There are new drugs coming out that increase your body’s own production of testosterone. But, if you take testosterone creams or gels or injections you’re hurting your body’s ability to produce it on its own.

However, this is not true of creatine. Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid in your vertebrates that helps your body supply energy to the cells. Your body will naturally produce creatine from amino acids, mainly in your kidneys and liver, and then your blood transports the creatine to your muscles. Creatine increases adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, to the muscles. 95% of the creatine in your body is in your skeletal muscles. Some people think they should take more of it so they can build bigger muscles. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t; nobody really knows for sure.

Creatine does not increase the risk of dehydration. People used to think that if you took creatine the muscles would be dehydrated. Studies have shown that this is not true.

My advice is to go natural. You will get all the creatine you need from protein in your diet and you don’t have to waste your money on expensive creatine supplements. Men on a vegetarian or vegan diet, however, do show a lack of creatine. So, if you don’t eat meat and lack protein in your diet, you should take creatine. Otherwise, eat healthy and you’ll be fine.

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