Are You A Genetic Responder To Creatine?

Did you know that some people respond to creatine, while others notice minimal effects from the elevated dose of creatine the body receives when supplementing. Creatine is one of the most Science backed supplements in the world, but trial it and gauge the effects on your body. If you notice minimal effects it could be possible that your body is not a genetic responder, therefore DO NOT insist on increasing the dose or take it for any longer than 4 weeks at a time in an attempt to make it work. Instead consider alternative supplements such as L-Arginine, a pre-workout containing L-Arginine and Beta-Alanine, or even Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

For more info on how to take creatine for best results, check out Creatine : Loading, Maintaining, Flushing…Do It, But Do It Right! 


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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