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Should teenagers take creatine?


We do not encourage nor discourage the use of creatine for those under 18. Instead we advise you to make an informed decision yourself with the risks in mind.

Creatine is not well studied and documented below the ages of 18. Therefore Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine are in agreement that teenagers should not use creatine. It is noteworthy both organizations will always lean on the side of caution to avoid potential lawsuits. With few to no studies researching the subject; teen’s can take creatine at their own risk.

If you do decide to take creatine only take 5g of Creatine Monohydrate daily, and increase your fluid intake. Expect to gain up to 2kgs (~4.5lbs) of weight during the first weeks of taking creatine; this is simply water weight.

For decades research has found participants over 18 taking creatine experience increases in lean body mass, increases in strength, has protective effects on the brain and can even improve memory. Though all of these are marginal in comparison to a good diet, consistent training, progressive overload and more. Supplements are likely going to be one of the least important parts of your fitness journey.

If you have more questions we encourage you to read what we do have available in literature about the subject: linked below.

NIH overview: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6279854/
NIH benefits in adolescents: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7922146/
Our Wiki on Creatine: https://fitmorii.com/home/creatine/
Creatine FAQ: https://fitmorii.com/home/creatine-faq/

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