Creatine monohydrate is a dietary supplement. It is used to increase muscle mass and improve performance in short-duration, high-intensity exercise. It is popular with athletes, weight lifters, and body builders.
Most athletes taking creatine will gain weight. Creatine makes athletes bigger and stronger but not more skillful or agile. Sometimes people who take creatine won't see any benefit.
Amino acids are your body’s building blocks for protein. You need protein to build up your muscles. Creatine is similar to an amino acid. Your liver makes creatine and it is stored in your muscles. As a supplement, it is usually sold in powder or tablet form. You need to drink lots of water if you take creatine to protect your kidneys.
Creatine helps the process that gives you energy for short bursts of exercise, such as sprinting. Creatine helps athletes to recover more quickly from exercise.
If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Be sure to keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.