Creatine is another common supplement inquired about, especially from those who are weight training. Creatine is a substance found in meat and fish and is stored in the muscle in the form of creatine phosphate.
Some studies have shown that creatine supplements may increase lean body mass, assist in muscle recovery, and help athletes train harder.
Creatine Caution 1: Due to the possible weight gain that comes from consuming this supplement, creatine is NOT recommended for endurance athletes.
Creatine Caution 2: According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, creatine is also NOT recommended for athletes younger than the age of 18.
Remember that most supplements are not regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration); therefore it is important to remain cautious when you are deciding on what supplements to add to your daily regime.
Always remember that a balanced diet should be your first dietary step to assist in reaching your goals. If you decide to add any type of supplement to your day, seek the advice of a registered dietitian to make sure you are doing so safely and in a way that will improve, not hinder your performance.
Written by Lauren Scott, MS, RD, LD