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creatine wrecks my gut, anyone find a brand that doesn't?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 02, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I tried regular creatine monohydrate, and it ravaged my gut, badly. I already have an ornery colon.

But, I FELT the increase in DHT, and I'd like to be able to take it.

Would the micronized stuff be better? Anyone else with gut issues find a brand/form that doesn't hurt them?

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(2417)

on April 03, 2012
at 12:45 AM

I eat 325g lamb and 325g beef daily. Guess I'm getting it already.

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(2417)

on April 03, 2012
at 12:43 AM

I don't get the bloat. But I DO have GI irritation and the runs with Creatine.

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(2417)

on April 03, 2012
at 12:41 AM

It ain't paleo, for sure. Your are right. But modern life isn't paleo either, what with all the environmental chemicals and stressors adversely affecting out natural hormonal status. I don't care about the bulk. Creatine increases DHT by 50%.

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on April 02, 2012
at 02:42 PM

I could never tolerate any brand of creatine, but I love red meat - which is one of the best sources of it!

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on April 02, 2012
at 12:24 PM

Back in my overtraining days, i took a stack of supplements and tried various forms of creatine. Micronized or not, it never really agreed with my gut either... Even the micronized was still sandy, and so it got to the point I'd take it in a shot glass of room temp water just to get it down fast. Thining it out in a litter of anything would mean drinking it over more tome... Ugh, I can just picture needing to stir, and stir, and never really ingest the full serving...

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on April 02, 2012
at 11:30 AM

I know we can't live like we're in prison, so I get coffee and chocolate, but creatine is used specifically to alter (increase) the natural formation of ATP just to bulk up. Seems rather more against the idea of Paleo than caffeine or chocolate. Whatever.

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(2417)

on April 02, 2012
at 11:00 AM

Folks on here rationalize all sorts of stuff like coffee, chocolate, etc. You are right. But DHT feels GOOOOOOD!

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(2417)

on April 02, 2012
at 10:59 AM

I can't get the stuff to dissolve period.

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on April 02, 2012
at 10:48 AM

They're supposed to be much better, but I've not tried the other forms. I've also experienced gut upset on CM, but I seem to be fine if I dilute it sufficiently (one serving in a litre of water, rather than one serving to a glass) and it also helps if the water is slightly warm (though not too warm, which apparently harms the creatine- no idea is that is true).

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on April 02, 2012
at 12:24 PM

Back in my overtraining days, i took a stack of supplements and tried various forms of creatine. Micronized or not, it never really agreed with my gut either... Even the micronized was still sandy, and so it got to the point I'd take it in a shot glass of room temp water just to get it down fast. Thining it out in a litter of anything would mean drinking it over more tome... Ugh, I can just picture needing to stir, and stir, and never really ingest the full serving...

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(2417)

on April 02, 2012
at 10:59 AM

I can't get the stuff to dissolve period.

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on April 02, 2012
at 01:28 PM

I've always used "micronized" versions of creatine monohydrate and have never experienced any gastrointestinal issues. Additionally, rather than using a "loading phase" (15-25gms a day for a week then 5-10gms a day for remainder of cycle), I stick to the maintenance dose (5-10gms a day for entire cycle) and allow my serum levels to gradually build up over a few weeks time.

To the point of creatine not being "real food" no one is implying that you MUST supplement with creatine. Creatine is found in relatively large amounts in red meat and studies have shown that dietary intake does affect serum levels in the body (Reference: "measured serum and erythrocyte creatine content, and estimated muscle creatine content, are lower in vegetarians".) So, by eating a red-meat heavy diet (like many here do) you may benefit from additional creatine w/o direct supplementation.

Supplementation does work, however, and it is one of the few ergogenic aids that have been studied for decades and has a proven track record for safety and efficacy.

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(2417)

on April 03, 2012
at 12:45 AM

I eat 325g lamb and 325g beef daily. Guess I'm getting it already.

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Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on April 02, 2012
at 01:32 PM

I personally use: http://www.creapure.com/ and never had stomach problems as I have had with other brands. In the UK you can purchase it through http://www.myprotein.com.

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on April 02, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Back when I used it, Creatine Monohydrate made me feel bloated. Creatine Ethyl Ester did not.

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(2417)

on April 03, 2012
at 12:43 AM

I don't get the bloat. But I DO have GI irritation and the runs with Creatine.

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on April 02, 2012
at 01:14 PM

Swanson vitamins sells pure creatine and it is about 20$/kg. I have liked it. My old roomate who is a 2x olympian used it as well.

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9140810eb28b318fb081c1f98c0989c8

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on April 02, 2012
at 10:41 AM

I thought the point of Paleo was to eat real food?

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(2417)

on April 03, 2012
at 12:41 AM

It ain't paleo, for sure. Your are right. But modern life isn't paleo either, what with all the environmental chemicals and stressors adversely affecting out natural hormonal status. I don't care about the bulk. Creatine increases DHT by 50%.

Medium avatar

(2417)

on April 02, 2012
at 11:00 AM

Folks on here rationalize all sorts of stuff like coffee, chocolate, etc. You are right. But DHT feels GOOOOOOD!

9140810eb28b318fb081c1f98c0989c8

(459)

on April 02, 2012
at 11:30 AM

I know we can't live like we're in prison, so I get coffee and chocolate, but creatine is used specifically to alter (increase) the natural formation of ATP just to bulk up. Seems rather more against the idea of Paleo than caffeine or chocolate. Whatever.

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