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How can creatine be considered paleo when the supplements are synthetic?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 08, 2013 at 7:16 PM

I don't see how this could be good for anyone

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on July 08, 2013
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thankfully the only antibiotic i ever used was amoxicillin

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on July 08, 2013
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thankfully the only antibiotic i ever used is amoxicillin

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on July 08, 2013
at 08:40 PM

Way to get stuck in the box of reenactment.

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on July 08, 2013
at 07:17 PM

Totally agree. Supplements are not Paleo.

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on July 08, 2013
at 07:26 PM

blah blah blah -- cavemen didn't take supplements and neither should you -- blah blah blah

Que the answers:

Modern life is different from paleo life in ways we cannot reverse with modern foods because:

  • there is a modern decline in soil quality leading to a decrease in nutrient density of foods.
  • lack of diversity of plant species consumed in the modern world.
  • modern toxins require us to cook our food negating of the nutritional benefits
  • our modern world increase opportunity exposure to food and environmental toxins.
  • modern use of antibiotics, and hormonal medications have ruined our guts forever
  • modern world has too much stress
  • modern humans don't get good enough sleep
  • modern humans spend most of their time indoors and sitting

Creatine falls under #3. Cooking kills off most of the creatine. Creatine is an essential part of the skeletal muscle and can be very beneficial to muscle growth.

But the real answer is:

I am not doing paleo so I can be like a caveman. I am doing paleo so that I can find the optimal diet for me. I choose paleo because I believe in the biological evolution theory to propose hypothesis which I will test out in my N=1. For me, some supplements have led to better health, others have not. For me, supplements are definitely paleo because they can enhance total health.

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on July 08, 2013
at 10:51 PM

thankfully the only antibiotic i ever used was amoxicillin

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on July 08, 2013
at 10:49 PM

thankfully the only antibiotic i ever used is amoxicillin

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on July 08, 2013
at 08:36 PM

I don't think people is promoting creatine as a Paleo thing, just as a supplement that seems to have some positive effects and no known negative sides, so why not? Paleo people accepting something does not imply it must be necessarily Paleo.

In fact I'm one of the kind that thinks whether things are convenient or not, better than if they are actually paleo or not, who cares if it is paleo or not when you can know if it's good or not?

Just happens that most paleo foods are inherently good whereas non-paleo foods usually aren't, but again, that does not necessarily needs to be the case.

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on July 08, 2013
at 08:35 PM

I think that creatine is actually naturally derived--I may be incorrect but I believe it is naturally found in liver and beef, not that the supplement is made from either of the two...

I do love creatine...haters can hate b/c It has helped me put on A LOT of muscle along with a clean high protein diet and intense training.

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