Essay on Effects Of Creatine

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The Effects of Creatine
     Creatine has been used in sports throughout time. Athletes have always had a fascination with being excellent at what they do. With the banning of steroids from competitive sports and the implementation of random drug testing in most sports, most athletes are still somehow hoping to gain an edge on their competition. This edge that they are using is creatine.
     In order to understand how creatine works, we must discover what creatine is. Creatine is an energy producing nutrient found in our bodies. It is synthesized from three amino acids arginine, glycine and methionine. These amino acids are primarily found in the liver, pancreas, and kidneys. It is also
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More ATP must be produced because there is only enough ATP to provide energy for about ten seconds. Creatine phosphate comes to the rescue by giving up its ATP. This ATP can then be burned again as fuel for more muscle contraction (Clinics in Sports Medicine). Your ability to regenerate ATP depends on your supply of creatine; the more creatine in your muscles, the more ATP you can make (Clinics in Sport Medicine). This allows you to train your muscles to their maximum potential. The more work you do (weightlifting, running, swimming, etc.), the stronger you become over time.
     Creatine supplementation in athletes is on the rise. It is being promoted as a muscle performance enhancer. The most common form of creatine is creatine monohydrate, which is available in powder form. A loading phase consisting of ingesting up to twenty grams of creatine monohydrate a day for five days is recommended to ensure that muscles are efficiently saturated with creatine. Any more than recommended will be exerted through urine. Body mass has also reportedly increased by approximately two percent following creatine supplementation (Performance Enhancing Substances).
     Creatine is especially effective for athletes that are trying to gain between two and ten pounds. Sometimes bigger gains are seen depending on the work ethic of the athlete. Creatine definitely makes athletes bigger, but

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