Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine are in agreement that teenagers should not use performance-enhancing supplements, including creatine. Talk to your teenage athlete about it.
What age is safe to take creatine?
The minimum age for taking creatine supplements is 18. Because so little is known about the long-term effects of creatine, it’s not recommended for children and teens under the age of 18. For this group, it’s better to improve sports performance through nutrition and athletic training.
Can I take creatine if I’m 15?
The American Academy of Pediatrics specifically recommends against its use by adolescents, and most of the flavored powders, tablets, energy bars and drink mixes containing creatine bear warning labels that the supplement is not recommended for anyone under 18.
How many grams of creatine should a 14 year old take?
Children: Creatine is possibly safe when taken by mouth, short-term. Creatine 3-5 grams daily for 2-6 months has been taken safely in children 5-18 years of age. Creatine 2 grams daily for 6 months has been taken safely in children 2-5 years of age.
Can a 14 year old take pre-workout?
There isn’t anything in pre-work out that would make it any more negative or unhealthy for a child than for an adult. The main benefit from pre-workout on performance is the energy boost from the caffeine and other stimulants contained in the product.
Can high schoolers take creatine?
Despite current recommendations against use in adolescents less than 18 years old, creatine is being used by middle and high school athletes at all grade levels. The prevalence in grades 11 and 12 ap- proaches levels reported among collegiate athletes.