While creatine may help enhance the muscle mass of an athlete or help treat people with chronic congestive heart failure, side effects range from loss of appetite to kidney damage. Because whey protein and creatine often go hand-in-hand as supplements for athletes, those who wish to reap the benefits of whey protein without the side effects of creatine may be frustrated to find so many whey protein products that contain creatine. However, with a little searching, it can be easy to avoid whey protein products containing creatine.
Read the label. Avoid any products with the word ‘creatine’ in the ingredients list. Also look out for creatine aliases such as beta-GPA, creatinine, Creavescent, cyclocreatine, methyl guanidine-acetic acid, methlyguanidine-acetic acid, N-amidinosarcosine, N-(aminoiminomethyl)-N methyl glycine, Neoton and PhosphagenTM.
Go to a health food store. Some health food stores sell pure whey protein powder because some people use it for culinary purposes. This powder can be turned into capsules or mixed with fruit for a smoothie.
Visit a nutritional outlet. Stores may sell a lot of creatine supplements, but they usually have whey protein products without creatine. Sales staff should be able to help you find the product you want.
Purchase whey protein products online. Check the ingredients or contact a sales representative to ensure creatine is not in the product.
Consider specialty whey protein products, such as supplements designed for HIV patients or products designed for those with diabetes. Some of these products require a prescription from your doctor.