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Fat Burning Supplements and Creatine

Feb 7, 2011

I am hiv positive and have been since 2009.I would like to start a aggressive workout program? Is creatine safe? Are there any does and don't as far as fat burning supplements for hiv positive people?

Response from Mr. Vergel

Creatine (in the monohydrate form) is perhaps the best supplement available for quick muscular cosmetic effects and strength improvement for males and females both. With creatine usage, muscles become fuller looking in a very short time, and the power of the muscles is enhanced. Dosing of creatine starts with a loading phase, where 30 grams per day is taken for the first 5 to 7 days, then a maintenance dose of 3 to 5 grams is generally recommended. The truth is 5 to 10 grams per day for maintenance seems to work much better over the long run. It may be true that creatine actually causes biochemical changes in regards to protein metabolism that affects muscle growth, but this is not proven yet. It does fill the muscle cells with fluid (cell volumizing), and it does enhance the body's cellular ATP production, which can result in increased strength and endurance.

Most people find that when they stop continuous use of creatine, they lose water and weight quickly. Still, it can be a useful adjunct to a weight-training program and can be used effectively during or between steroid cycles to maintain and improve muscular strength. Those who have sensitive gastro-intestinal tracts should use creatine with caution as it can be hard on the stomach, causing diarrhea in some people.

Caution: some people have complained about becoming very bloated with creatine, probably because their kidneys are already compromise. If you are to use this product, your creatinine blood levels and creatinine clearance should be followed by your doctor during the first 6 months of us to ensure that no kidney overload is occurring.


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