What dosage of creatine supplement is typically used for adults?

How much creatine you take depends on your reason for taking it. Some sample guidelines are below, but always speak to your doctor before adding a new supplement to your regimen.
  • For improved athletic performance, a "loading dose" is typically used, followed by a maintenance dose of 2 grams (g) per day. Different loading regimens have been tried: 20 g per day for five days, 9 g for six days, or 3 g for 28 days. It isn't clear that any particular regimen is best.
  • To treat heart failure, take 20 g per day for five to 10 days.
  • For Parkinson's disease, take 10 g per day regularly. Another schedule that has been used is to start with 20 g per day for six days followed by 2 g a day for six months and then 4 g a day for 18 months.

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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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