What are creatine supplements?

Creatine is a chemical that your body makes from amino acids in the liver, pancreas and kidneys. It's also found in fish and meat and in supplement form in powders, tablets or capsules, energy bars, drinks and other products. Creatine supplements are popular among young athletes who hope to increase their muscle mass and improve their athletic performance, especially during bursts of high-intensity exercise such as sprinting. More study is needed to explore the potential usefulness of creatine for enhancing athletic performance, as well as for aiding in the treatment of certain medical conditions.
Outside of protein supplements, creatine supplements are the most talked about and effective muscle building and performance supplements on the planet. Creatine supplements can provide a 10 to 15% boost in overall strength, and a lean muscle mass gain of up to 10 pounds. Because of their popularity, creatine supplements are extremely cost-effective, giving an athlete the most bang for his supplement buck.

Creatine supplements come in powder, pill or liquid forms. Because the powder form of creatine is most popular, many creatine supplements are flavored and sold as powdered drink mixes. Common flavors include grape and fruit punch.

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