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166: Creatine: do the benefits outweigh the risks for a mid-30s male?

Masterjohn Q&A Files Episode 166


Question: Creatine: do the benefits outweigh the risks for a mid-30s male?

I think that there are borderline no risks to creatine supplementation. I know some people get bloated from it that usually passes. Anecdotally, some people get insomnia. I think if nutrients are balanced and you just stick with it, that'll go away. There's speculation that it could aggravate male pattern baldness, but there's no good evidence of it.

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078: Ask Me Anything About Nutrition, August 19, 2020

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