Creatine Myths and Misconceptions

Creatine Myths and Misconceptions

Call us “The Mythbusters” because in this blog we’re dispelling the myths and laying down the facts about creatine!

Chances are, you’re here because you’ve heard of creatine and are seeking some clarity on the misconceptions that surround this supplement. This day and age, we know it can be difficult to navigate through all the information out there, but we’re here to separate fact from fiction. However, we need to give you a refresher on what creatine actually is first. 

Creatine is one of the most extensively studied and researched supplements in the world. Its role is to help produce ATP. AT-what? Energy! ATP is an energy source used by your muscles. When you consume creatine your body converts it into phosphocreatine, which is then stored in your muscle tissues. Once needed, the phosphocreatine is removed from those tissues and broken down to create ATP (energy). Let me simplify that real quick, your body uses creatine to fuel your muscles. This leads to improved muscle strength and endurance, increased muscle growth (aka more gains), and accelerated recovery time. 

Alright, so now that you have a solid understanding of what it is, now we can get into what you came here for!! 


Creatine will cause fat gain.


Quite the contrary! Creatine can do the opposite and increase muscle mass! By supplementing with creatine, you are stocking up your phosphocreatine stores (what we just spoke about), which, in turn, boosts ATP (energy) production, promoting increased muscle growth. 

When someone initially starts supplementing with creatine, there is often increased water retention (what most assume is fat gain), but it's not actual fat gain and should subside after consistent use! Creatine attracts water and pulls it into your muscles. This may cause a temporary increase in weight.


Creatine is a drug/steroid.


No, creatine is not a steroid or a performance-enhancing drug. It’s a naturally occurring compound derived from amino acids (building blocks of protein – learn more). Your body naturally produces creatine and it can be found in some food sources as well.


Creatine is only for bodybuilders/weightlifters.


While creatine is popular among bodybuilders (gym bros, muscle mommies, etc.) for its potential to improve performance and increase muscle mass, it can also benefit individuals involved in various other fitness activities as well as general health/well-being for non-athletes! 


Creatine supplements are all created equal.


We can’t speak for other creatine brands, but we can tell you that not all creatines are created alike. Let me put it in perspective for you! Would you rather buy a pair of $100 Nikes or $15 knockoffs from Walmart? Quality matters. Similarly, not all creatine supplements offer the same efficacy. Our creatine, Creatine13, is a scientifically advanced blend engineered for superior absorption and effectiveness. While some creatine can convert to creatinine and lose its bioavailability. Creatine13 contains a blend of ingredients that ensures optimal absorption, enhancing strength and gains. Long story short, Creatine13 is the Nikes in our analogy. 

The Bottom Line:

We know there’s a lot of misinformation out there regarding creatine, but we hope this helped clear up any misconceptions you may have had!


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