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The Truth on Creatine Monohydrate Digestion
Home Health & Fitness Nutrition & Supplement
By: Tim Mielke Email Article
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Creatine Monohydrate Digestion

Creatine monohydrate has long been a staple in the supplement regiment of nearly any fitness enthusiast since it started gaining notoriety in the 90ís. Whether it be EASís Phosphagen or Champion Nutritionís Power Creatine, almost everyone Iíve ever talked to has at one time or another taken some form of creatine product.

Some of the positive aspects of creatine monohydrate use are:

∑ Better muscle pumps
∑ More endurance
∑ A slower onset of muscle fatigue
∑ Strength gains
∑ More intense workouts

In contrast to this, there are also some negative side effects of creatine monohydrate that I have heard from various individuals.

They include:

∑ Stomach cramping
∑ Diarrhea
∑ Bloating

Luckily, in my 15 plus years of using various creatine monohydrate supplements, I have never had to deal with these problems. So, you may ask; what causes these negative aspects of creatine to happen to these unfortunate individuals?

The answer is fairly simple Ė poor absorption of the creatine molecules.

When creatine isnít digested properly, it sits in your intestines. Still, the creatine will do what it is supposed to do and draw water to itself. This influx of water is drawn to your intestines and interferes with the normal digestion process. The abundance of water has to be dealt with, and this is what results in the diarrhea.

As for the bloating and cramping problems, this could be caused from not having a pure creatine product. By this I mean one that is mixed with fillers or lots of sugars. When your body digests these creatine monohydrate supplements too quickly, an abundance of gas is produced in your stomach and Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract. This is where the bloating problem comes from, as well as the cramping.

Many foods and drinks can contribute to bloating and gas, such as:

∑ Carbonated drinks and beer
∑ Foods high in fiber
∑ Excessive alcohol
∑ High sugar foods
∑ Starchy foods
∑ Many medications

Many supplement companies load their creatine products with a boat load of creatine "transporters" which is designed to shuttle the creatine quickly into your muscles. Their main transporter is usually dextrose, which is a simple sugar. Simple sugars are digested quickly in order to cause an insulin spike, which will then quickly get the creatine into your muscles. As you just read above, the quick digestion leads to gas and bloating.

A pure creatine monohydrate such as Beverly Internationalís Creatine Select or Creatine Complete 1000 by Power Blendz, should be properly absorbed by your digestive system and will help to pull water into your muscles, which is what you want, thus creating those skin-stretching pumps!

If you feel you have a quality creatine product but you are still dealing with some of these negative side effects, you may want to look into supplementing with some digestive enzymes such as Digest Essentials by Food Science Labs to aid your GI tract, or possibly some healthy bacteria, such as Natureís Secret Ultimate Probiotic, to aid your digestive system when using creatine monohydrate supplements.

These simple tips can help to ensure that stomach problems from creatine monohydrate supplements are a thing of the past!

Tim Mielke Author and Supplement Expert

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