Can creatine help me gain weight?

Creatine can help you gain weight, but the jump you see on the scale doesn't necessarily reflect increased muscle mass (or fat, for that matter). Most evidence suggests that the pounds are likely just water weight. Here's why: Creatine helps generate the energy muscles need to work. When you take creatine supplements, the amount of creatine in muscle cells increases, drawing water in along with it. However, some preliminary evidence suggests that creatine may boost the activity of cells that eventually develop into muscle tissue, and it may also help athletes to work out harder by increasing their energy stores. Both effects could lead to more muscle mass, but more research is needed.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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