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What Creatine does and is it for you?

Jun 6, 2008
Creatine monohydrate (or Creatine for short) is a popular supplement used by bodybuilders. It is also used by both amateur and professional athletes, bodybuilders, even just "casual" fitness enthusiasts.And you can even find creatine in popular soft drinks and energy drinks nowadays! But what is Creatine, exactly?

Creatine is a natural substance found in your body made up of three basic amino acids, Arginine, Glycine and Methionine. It's located in your muscle tissues where it plays the important role of giving energy to your muscles. As for "technical talk", Creatine is an ergogen.

"Creatine is a what?" Follow me here. Put simply, ergogens boost your ability to do work - and Creatine delivers in that respect. Creatine helps make ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is basically the best possible source of energy for your muscles. ATP serves the purpose of making the proteins which compose your muscles contract. Further, when your muscles are at work (doing something like lifting weights), ATP breaks down into ADP (adenosine diphosphate) and energy is released. Keep in mind this all happens in a matter of seconds.

So how is ATP replenished after it breaks down? You got it, Creatine does that job (I see you were paying attention!). Creatine is a sort of reserve for ATP. The more creatine you have , the more ATP - simple as that. The more ATP that you have, the more endurance you'll have - which in a nutshell is why so many bodybuilders use this supplement.

What are some other sources of creatine? Other than the nutritional supplements sold at health food stores and specialty shops catering to bodybuilders, there are two other sources of creatine. One is the many popular soft drinks containing this metabolite (I don't actually recommend this - these drinks usually contain large amounts of sugar and other things you don't want along with your creatine).

The other good source of creatine is red meat. A large serving of red meat (make sure it's lean meat if you're bodybuilding) contains about a gram of creatine. All in all though, a creatine supplement is more efficient.

There are other benefits of creatine too. Like a higher threshold of fatigue and the promotion of muscle tissue building! Creatine is a supplement which thus far is proven totally safe and really does perform as advertised - a rarity when the marketing for most products these days is overpromises and the product underdelivers.
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