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Creatine For Weight Gain

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About Creatine For Weight Gain

This Creatine for Weight Gain section contains a range of amino acid and carbohydrate supplements, designed to increase muscle mass while enhancing performance and recovery. Creatine is one of the few natural supplements that leads to a rapid increase in muscle gain. At first, much of this weight gain is due to a water and nutrient influx inside the muscle cell, which is perfectly normal and beneficial in the long-term. After all, 79% of muscle weight is actually water and it's this fluid inside the muscle cell that assists with muscle growth by promoting increased muscle nutrition uptake and boosting ATP synthesis for enhanced performance.


Creatine is stored inside the muscle cell as phosphocreatine and free creatine. This powerful peptide is used to regenerate ATP (the universal energy source) from ADP, and even convert AMP into ADP. Creatine supplementation is helpful for restoring phosphocreatine levels and this free creatine pool, which supports explosive strength and power during sports and exercise. As the muscle can only hold so much phosphocreatine, this explosive energy system starts running out of resources after about ten seconds of high intensity training. At this point, other aerobic energy systems kick into gear, such as glycolysis (glucose burning) and beta-oxidation (fat burning). We never entirely run out of creatine, as creatine biosynthesis in the kidneys and liver is always happening. The science indicates that creatine positively impacts exercise lasting up to three minutes, as reported in Sports Medicine in 2017. 


One of the aesthetic benefits of creatine is that it draws water into the muscle cell, enhancing muscle fullness and size. This is also creates a more anabolic environment from which muscle protein synthesis can occur. Taking creatine with a sugar or starch source maximises results. Basically, anything that is high glycemic index is fine for use with creatine, whether it be mashed potato or dextrose powder, as all of these high GI foods and supplements create an insulin spike.  When insulin is released in response to a rise in blood sugar, it then binds to receptors on the muscle cell membrane and triggers intracellular responses resulting in GLUT-4 translocation. GLUT-4 is able to "open up" the muscle cell, allowing amino acids and glucose to enter from the blood. This is one of the reasons insulin is considered one of the most anabolic hormones in the human body, as it drives nutrients into the muscle cell. Creatine—being a tripeptide—also travels into the muscle cell by this GLUT-4 mechanism. Therefore, high GI foods or supplements taken with creatine are synergistic.


The Sporty's Health Creatine for Weight Gain supplements may be used to facilitate faster recovery, and can even be stacked with plain—or flavoured, if you match up the flavours—essential amino acids for even faster recovery again. The carbohydrates will support glycogen replenishment and the creatine will boost phosphocreatine restoration. These supplements aren't for the faint of heart, so if it’s quick size you're chasing, give them a crack!