Everything you need to know about taking LIVADUR®
There’s no reason why you cannot take LIVADUR® if you are under the age of 55. In fact, the creatine within it is bound to do your body some good. It will increase your physical performance, particularly if you are following an intensive training regime.
LIVADUR® is free from animal products, making it ideal for vegetarians and vegans. Vegetarians and vegans do not take in very much creatine via their diet because only meat and fish contain it in significant quantities. Taking LIVADUR® can help to compensate for this lack of creatine.
LIVADUR® cannot be stored as a solution for long periods because the creatine will start breaking down into creatinine just as it would inside the body. Although this will not have any detrimental effect on the body, it will not have any positive effects either. However, the creatine does not start breaking down straight away and so there is nothing to stop you from keeping LIVADUR® as a ready-prepared solution for a few hours.
You can confidently continue taking LIVADUR® even if you have to interrupt your training regime.
If you carry on taking LIVADUR® while you are on a break from training, you will be helping to maintain a high level of muscular creatine. As soon as you are ready to resume your training, you will find that you are ideally prepared for it.
It is not generally necessary to consult your doctor before taking LIVADUR®. We only recommend it if you are suffering from a serious (chronic) illness.
Inside the body, creatine gets regularly broken down into creatinine. This loss of creatine can be partly compensated by your body's natural creatine production or through your diet. Fish and meat products are the main natural sources of creatine. These contain concentrations of between 3 and 5 grammes per kilo. This means that you would have to consume roughly one kilogramme of meat to obtain the 3 grammes of creatine provided by LIVADUR®.
With a concentration of roughly 0.1 grammes per kilo, dairy products contain very little creatine. Meanwhile, only traces of creatine are to be found in plant-based foods. Given that creatine can only be obtained from a vegetarian or vegan diet to a very limited extent, vegetarians and vegans stand to gain additional benefits by taking LIVADUR® as a nutritional supplement.
Everything you need to know about LIVADUR's® effect
Research has clearly demonstrated that regular exercise plays a major role in well-being and the maintenance of long-term health. The latest word from the experts is that they now regard strength training, in particular, as the most effective method of intervening early to counteract the natural loss of muscle mass and muscle strength. LIVADUR® can provide you with optimum support in this regard thanks to the effect of the creatine contained within it. Several scientific studies by independent research establishments and universities have shown that taking creatine on a daily basis boosts the effect that strength training has on muscle strength.
It will take a little while before you start to feel the effect of the creatine in LIVADUR®. If you take LIVADUR® on a daily basis, you can expect to achieve maximum creatine levels after around three to four weeks. Only then will LIVADUR® start to deliver its full effect with a noticeable increase in performance.
Everything you need to know about creatine and creatinine
Creatine is available in various forms. The creatine molecule is always the same, but the groups attached to it differ. Creatine monohydrate is the naturally occurring form of creatine found in the body and it is also the one that has been studied the most thoroughly. Taking creatine monohydrate is safe and effective. In addition, it is the form of creatine referred to by the European Food Safety Authority in its evaluation of the substance. That is why LIVADUR® also contains creatine monohydrate.
Elevated creatinine levels are no cause for concern if this occurs within the context of taking a creatine supplement. Regardless of whether or not you are taking a creatine supplement, 1 to 2 per cent of your body’s own store of creatine gets broken down into creatinine each day and excreted in your urine.
That is why creatinine is used as a marker of glomerular filtration rate, which – in turn – provides information about kidney function. If kidney function is impaired, various substances that the body usually gets rid of via the urine (including creatinine) can no longer be excreted as effectively.
As a result, creatinine levels in the blood increase, which – in turn – becomes detectable as part of a blood test. Consequently, creatinine is an indirect marker of kidney function.
However, creatinine levels may still sometimes be affected even if kidney function is not impaired.
This can happen, for example, if someone builds up muscle mass as a result of stepping up their exercise regime. In the case of some people, taking creatine supplements can also raise creatinine levels in the blood. This is not a cause for concern. It is simply due to the fact that more creatine is being stored in the body overall, which leads to much greater creatinine formation as well.
When you go for your next blood test, you should therefore tell your GP that you regularly take a nutritional supplement containing creatine. Once armed with this information, your GP will be able to interpret and assess your creatinine levels correctly.
In contrast to carbohydrates, proteins or fats, creatine has no calorific value and this means that it does not supply any energy either. However, it does play a key role in energy metabolism – and so is not just important for the skeletal muscles, but also for the heart, brain and various other organs.
The “molecular currency” of intracellular energy transfer in the human body is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
If energy is required, e.g. due to the movement of muscles, ATP can release a phosphate group, resulting in ADP (adenosine diphosphate). Energy is obtained by consuming food and this converts the ADP back into ATP.
This process takes a little while and does not happen immediately. In addition, the cell is not able to store unlimited amounts of ATP. That is why creatine in the form of phosphocreatine has such an important role to play in energy supply. What’s more, phosphocreatine can be stored in the cell in larger quantities. In addition, it is able to donate a phosphate group to ADP, thereby enabling the fastest possible regeneration of the ATP. Moreover, creatine is able to move freely within the cell. Therefore, it can be compared to a mobile charging station that is always ready to supply energy in a flash whenever it is required.
The body of an adult contains between 80 and 130 grammes of creatine. However, 1 to 2 per cent of the creatine store gets broken down into creatinine each day and excreted via the kidneys. The greater the muscle mass and size of the creatine store, the more creatinine gets excreted via the kidneys as well. If your GP detects elevated creatinine levels (marker of kidney function) when you go for your next check-up because you have been taking LIVADUR®, this is not a reason to worry. Tell your GP that you regularly take LIVADUR® and that this product contains creatine.
Your GP will be able to assess whether the elevated creatinine levels are attributable to renal impairment or whether they are due to increased muscle mass and higher muscular creatine concentrations as a result of taking a supplement.