Creatine has long been used by athletes and by individuals who are looking to boost their performance. Some sources even claim that it was creatine that started the supplement revolution. The usual massive muscle and male dominated marketing drives have left creatine looking like a male only supplement. It has also led to the belief that creatine will build large, manly looking muscles when it is used by females. There are many benefits that creatine can contribute to the training plans of females.
In this blog we will discuss what creatine is and what the benefits of creatine are to females looking to add a boost to their athletic performance.
What is creatine?
Creatine is a substance that naturally occurs in muscle cells. It is produced in your body, primarily by the liver, from the precursor amino acids arginine, glycine, and methionine. Even though creatine is made of amino acids, it’s not considered a protein because it is metabolised differently. Unlike proteins, when creatine is broken down, it doesn’t involve the removal of nitrogen when excreted from the body by the kidneys.
Creatine aids muscles in creating energy during intense exercise or heavy lifting. It has been used for years by bodybuilders and weight trainers to assist with increasing athletic performance, increasing strength and gaining muscle mass.
Which benefits do creatine offer females?
Creatine can assist you to train harder for longer. Creatine is broken down and assists your body in replenishing ATP in the muscles. ATP is essential for short, high intensity exercises such as a rep in the gym or in sprints. This benefit allows you to train for longer without fatigue, which in turn has a positive effect on lean muscle building, toning and fat-loss. Creatine is safe to use by females and can be used as an effective support to reach their goals.
Does creatine influence hormone production in women?
Creatine does not affect female testosterone levels.
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What type of USN® creatine products are available?
Creatine Transport is an advanced creatine delivery and glycogen reload system, designed to optimise performance and increase strength and endurance. It consists of a NiTROCOR™ Creatine Amino Esther stack for a multi-purpose effect on muscle preservation, muscle gains and enhanced strength and performance.
PURE CREATINE MONOHYDRATE
USN’s Pure Creatine is a micronized form of creatine, enhancing the absorption and bioavailability. Pure Creatine is designed to support protein synthesis which aids muscle gains, enhance recovery and improve physical performance. Micronized creatine is absorbed faster and better than other compounds of creatine.
Creatine HCL is formulated with Creatine Hydrochloride, the most effectively absorbed form of creatine. Creatine HCL has been found to increase performance during high-intensity, short bursts of exercise, as well as increasing muscle mass and improving recovery. USN’s Creatine HCL has enhanced bioavailability through our unique formulation, improving uptake and extending its effect.
Creatine X4 is a blend of four different compounds of creatine, creating a combination with enhanced absorption and efficacy for increased physical performance in successive bursts of short-term, high intensity exercise.
Which type of creatine should I consider?
Creatine monohydrate is the most researched form of creatine. This is the ideal place to start if you are new to creatine. If you have used creatine before, the best option would be Creatine HCl or a product that contain creatine HCl due to the convenience that there is no required loading phase.
What is a creatine loading phase?
Research suggests that a creatine loading phase can rapidly increase your creatine stores, allowing you to reap the benefits faster. A loading phase is a short period of time where a higher dosage of a substance is ingested. After the loading phase, the dosage consumed is lowered and a maintenance dosage will then be taken daily.
Females no longer need to be wary of the effects of creatine on their bodies. The type of muscle built while using creatine will be highly dependent on the type of exercises performed. If you train for strength and size, this will be your result, but, if you train for lean muscle, strength and toning, that will be what you get. It is important to understand how your body reacts to certain types of exercises when planning a new training and supplement regime.