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What are the best supplements for getting ripped?

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According to Men's Health, creatine and beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) are two supplements with research-proven effects of lean mass gain, although HMB has undergone less testing compared to creatine. Supplements that claim to boost testosterone levels, such as tribulus terrestris, have failed in research studies.

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WebMD explains that creatine is a substance that transforms into the chemical creatine phosphate when metabolized. Subsequently, creatine phosphate is used to make the energy-producing compound adenosine triphosphate (ATP) within cells, providing the necessary energy for muscle contraction. It is believed that creatine provides additional energy for quick bursts of high-intensity exercise. According to WebMD, creatine supplementation is believed to increase muscle mass and help muscles recover from intense training.

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    Should you take creatine?

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    Whether or not a person should take creatine, according to WebMD, is very individualized. The effectiveness of creatine may vary from person to person. The decision to take creatine should be based on the specific goals of the individual.

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    What is the best creatine?

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    According to Men's Health, the best form of creatine is creatine monohydrate. The magazine recommends AtLarge Nutrition's Creatine 500, a powder, and AtLarge Creatine Caps, a pill.

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    Is creatine safe?

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    WebMD states that creatine is most likely safe for the average individual as long as that individual follows the recommended dosage guidelines. While further studies are necessary, taking high doses of creatine orally is possibly unsafe.

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    Does creatine expire?

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    While powdered creatine is stable and has a long shelf life if kept in a sealed container, experts suggest that it should be thrown away after two years. Liquid creatine begins to go bad as soon as it is opened, however, and unused portions should not be saved after opening.

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