Is it possible to intake too much Creatine/BCAAs?

  • manpit209

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    Jan 21, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    I'm asking because I'm taking protein that has creatine/BCAAs in it and take some creatine before a workout. I plan on getting Optimum Nutrition's Optimen Multivitamin that also has creatine/BCAAs. I'm a little concerned that I'm going to intake too much of it. Thanks for any feedback.
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    Jan 21, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    Well, it's possible to take in too much water, so I'd image so.

    BCAA are a basic type of protein, that's it. Most all protein sources have them. (e.g. milk) I doubt they'd ever cause a problem.

    The creatine overload's probably not going to hurt anything either, but it definitely won't help you. Personally, I think the protein with creatine in it tastes like crap anyway.
  • Peteyboy583

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    Jan 21, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    Creatine is produced naturally in the body, so I would be careful how much additional creatine you put into your system. Prolonged overexposure could make your body no longer think it needs to produce it, thus it would stop. I don't have any evidence to back this up, just what numerous people I would consider trustworthy on the topic have told me.
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    Jan 21, 2011 4:52 PM GMT
    Peteyboy583 saidCreatine is produced naturally in the body, so I would be careful how much additional creatine you put into your system. Prolonged overexposure could make your body no longer think it needs to produce it, thus it would stop. I don't have any evidence to back this up, just what numerous people I would consider trustworthy on the topic have told me.



    I think that's right, but supposedly that effect doesn't kick in until many months of continuous usage. So unless you take a scoop a day for a year I wouldn't worry too much about it.

    Having said that, taking a break and let your body actually catch up with what you're doing is always a good idea.
  • mybud

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    Jan 21, 2011 5:12 PM GMT
    Peteyboy583 saidCreatine is produced naturally in the body, so I would be careful how much additional creatine you put into your system. Prolonged overexposure could make your body no longer think it needs to produce it, thus it would stop. I don't have any evidence to back this up, just what numerous people I would consider trustworthy on the topic have told me.


    I wanted to add if this is indeed a concern cycle off of it for a week...Common rule of thumb....6 weeks on creatine....1 week off...repeat...BUD
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    Jan 21, 2011 6:35 PM GMT
    But of course (in a snobby French accent).
  • ArmsandLegs

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    Jan 22, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    From the research that I've done, technically you cannot take in too much creatine as it is water soluble. If you take in more than your body needs/can use, you will simply pee out the excess. The problem lies in that your body NEEDS enough water to transport the creatine to wherever it needs to go. If you consume too much creatine without enough water, then you will run into trouble.
    Everybody's physiology is different, but the average person needs 4g of creatine a day. The body produces 2g and the rest is typically consumed to make 4g. Depending on which research you look at, it is said that anything over 10-12g a day is just being wasted and excreted in the urine.