In Part II of this article we saw how to use Phosphatidylserine (PS) to speed up muscle recovery times. In this part we are going to take a look at the good old Creatine – proven to pack on mass, but also, proven to boost your natural testosterone production as well as DHT.
3. Creatine Monohydrate: A simple, inexpensive supplement that will boost your testosterone and DHT naturally
It is not an exaggeration to say that more than 90% of all bodybuilding supplements are completely useless. All supplement companies advertise their products saying they will improve your performance in the gym based on studies they are funding themselves. Creatine, however, is an exception to this and has been proven repeatedly to be one of the few legitimate supplements, along with whey protein powder. It’s been also proven to increase your testosterone, which in turn creates an optimal anabolic environment to achieve your ideal physique.
What Is Creatine?
To save you the the boring scientific details, creatine monohydrate is a compound that is already produced naturally in your body and helps with the production of another natural compound called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the muscle cell’s energy fuel source that’s used when the muscles contract and it enables the body to create short bursts of explosive movement patterns. ATP is the reason that allows a bodybuilder perform those heavy deadlifts and squats.
The more creatine you have, the more ATP is produced, the more ATP is produced the more repetitions you can squeeze out during those last heavy sets, when otherwise you could do no more. This, of course, creates optimal stimulation for your muscles to grow, making creatine an excellent anabolics alternative.
Creatine raises testosterone levels
A study was made in which two groups of men who were resistance training were given creatine and placebo, respectively. The group taking creatine had much higher testosterone and androgen levels than the levels they started the study with and also had higher levels than the group that took placebo. In another study, rugby player were given 20 grams of creatine monohydrate for one week which resulted in 55% increase of DHT levels. The interesting part is that testosterone exhibits much stronger androgenic effects after its conversion into DHT, because once it’s been converted it cannot, in turn be converted into estrogen, which happens with testosterone in the process of aromatization.
Is it safe?
As with every other substance, taking large doses might cause some side-effects, although no serious cases have been reported so far, so the risk remains low. Some side-effects may include:
- Risk of heat exhaustion or heart cramp, or other heat-related illnesses
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Low blood pressure
- Cramps and strains in the muscles
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