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Is Creatine Natty? (Or Is Creatine A PED?)

If you’re wondering whether creatine is natty, then you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, I explain whether creatine is natty, whether or not it’s a performance-enhancing drug, if you’re allowed to take creatine in natty bodybuilding competitions, and more.

Is Creatine Natty?

Yes, creatine is considered a natural supplement. It’s an approved PED by the 3 large sport’s governing bodies – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the NCAA.

A scoop of creatine monohydrate

What Does Natty Mean?

‘Natty’ is a slang term used by bodybuilders to describe something/someone as natural.

But depending on which bodybuilder you speak to, natty can mean different things.

Some people think that no supplements are considered natty.

But to me, this makes no sense.

Why?

Well, many supplements like amino acids and caffeine are natural found in food and drink.

So you can’t really call something unnatty if it’s part of what humans consume on a daily basis.

On the other hand, most people agree that to be natty, you don’t take any banned PEDs (Performance-Enhancing Drugs).

I.e., your physique is achieved solely by diet, resistance training and supplements that are approved by the world anti-doping agency.

Is Creatine A PED?

Yes, creatine IS a PED.

That isn’t to say natural bodybuilders can’t take it though.

Because creatine is an approved PED by the 3 big governing bodies – the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the NCAA.

Is Creatine A Steroid?

When discussing steroids in the weightlifting community, people are usually referring to anabolic steroids, like Deca, Dianabol and Anadrol.

These are synthetic versions of male testosterone, which help increase size and strength.

Whereas creatine is a natural substance that’s found in food like fish and red meat.

So no – creatine isn’t a steroid.

Is Creatine A Drug?

Well, it depends on how you define the word drug.

According to Dictionary.com:

A drug is a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.

So by their definition, you could argue that creatine is a drug since it enhances physical well-being.

Whereas Yourdictionary.com define a drug as:

A chemical substance, such as a narcotic or hallucinogen, that affects the central nervous system, causing changes in behaviour and often addiction.

By this definition, creatine is not a drug as it doesn’t affect the central nervous system.

Is Creatine A Banned Substance?

Creatine isn’t banned by the 3 large sport’s governing bodies – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), or the NCAA.

But according to Bodybuilding.com, the NCAA are considering banning the use of creatine.

They believe this is due to the misinformation regarding the safety of creatine.

Do Natural Bodybuilders Use Creatine?

Absolutely – since creatine isn’t banned by the governing bodies, many natural bodybuilders take it to improve their physiques.

For example, Boris from Boris Aesthetics swears by Staunch Nation Creatine.

Another example is Mika Soltau who is a huge lover of Prozis Creatine.

Conclusion

In summary:

  • Taking creatine is natty as it’s not banned by the large governing bodies.
  • Creatine technically is a PED although it won’t affect you psychoactively.
  • Creatine isn’t a steroid.

That’s all for creatine, but is pre workout a steroid? Or does mass gainer have steroids?

Thanks for reading!