Creatine is essentially awesome for hydration purposes. Of course staying hydrated is going to do a lot more than help you gain muscle faster. But it does help build muscle, plain and simple.
That`s it =)
Drink lots of water. LOTS.
I do understand that creatine has come a long way in the last 10 years. The say it is either not as damaging to kidneys or not at all harmful to kidneys, since there is a new form of creatine isolate being used. Can anyone confirm this? Also, i do know over time, you must cycle it to prevent creatine dependency; your body can stop poducing enough naturally if you use it constantly. However only time will tell how dependency can be eeffected over a lifetime. Most supplements in general cannot possibly be long term tested because they have not been around long enough. Think of the China Study, which took 50 years. That is a legitimate long-term study imo. Thirty uears is ok, but in my eyes, that is still not a lifetime study. Especially given the fact that we are living longer and longer.
I really don`t think that creatine is harmful at all. Many studies have been made and not even one found evidence that creatine is harmful.