Creatine is better known for its ability to improve exercise performance and muscular gains. It does this by increasing your capacity to reformulate phosphocreatine in the muscle, which is our first line, fast energy production used in short duration high intensity movement. This basically means that you can recover better in between high intensity exercises or weight sets and get more work done overall. Therefore creatine is ideal for use in any exercise that is explosive or intermittent in nature e.g. rugby, football, weight training, sprinting, boxing, powerlifting, HIIT training etc.
Creatine also seems to provide a protective effect from exercise induced muscle damage. Muscle soreness is reduced after muscle damaging exercise in those using creatine. One of the ways it may do this is to help to reduce lactic acid build up in the muscle.
Reduced Injury Risk
Creatine reduces risk of injury during exercise and is associated with less muscle cramping, muscle strains and heat sickness. It also importantly has a protective effect following brain and spinal cord injury which makes it valuable for use in high contact sports such as boxing or rugby. Creatine will also slow the rate of muscle wastage during injury induced time out and rehabilitation.
Tonnes of Health Benefits
There are so many more benefits to creatine that many people are yet to hear of. It has been found to have huge benefits not only for those that are exercising but also as a health supplement, protecting you from many different diseases, conditions and boosting our overall health.