Of real concern when beginning to use a new supplement is the side effects that may occur, and this is no different for creatine side effects. Many of us worry about getting acne, losing hair, mood swings and perhaps even testicle shrinkage. Because creatine is not a steroid however, there is no need to be concerned about the above side effects.
In research there have been no negative side effects recorded up till now – well none that are harmful anyhow. It has been shown that creatine does increase body water retention so it can give your body a bloated look. The muscles can also feel a bit spongy, but other than this there is nothing worse that comes from using creatine that we currently know about.
If you do begin taking it and start to feel any unusual pains then its best to consult your physician as soon as you can, just to be on the safe side.
If you have been taking it for a while and you stop then your body can look a little deflated but this is due to the water retention subsiding.
On the other hand, creatine is a great energy booster. If you have ever felt low in energy or tired then supplementing your diet with creatine will dispel this lack of energy. Its not like caffeine and does not have the same side effects as drinking lots of coffee or cola.
It will also enhance your work out performance by allowing you to do more reps and for longer periods. If you are naturally thin and want to bulk up, creatine is a great addition to your daily diet as it will aid in supplementing body bulk.
So as we now see, creatine side effects are not so much about the bad and the ugly but much, much more about the good!