What is Creatine? - Amoskeag

What is Creatine?

What is Creatine Powder

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You may have just read about it in Health magazine, or overheard someone talking about using it at the gym. Either way creatine seems to be popping up everywhere as a new miracle substance to help you become stronger and fitter. Creatine is popularly used amongst athletes looking to perform workouts that require quick bursts of energy and strength such as power lifting but can also be used by field and endurance athletes to improve their performance during competion.

So what is creatine exactly? Creatine is an organic nitrogenous acid in your body that produces energy and later utilizes this energy to store more energy. This natural process typically occurs on the amino acid chains located in your liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Creatine can be found in foods that would commonly come to mind when you think of protein, such as tuna, chicken, and other meats. Creatine is only naturally consumed by meat eaters, so vegetarians or anyone with dietary restrictions seeking to obtain creatine must use supplements. Supplements can differ in all sorts of forms such as pills, powder, and nutrition bars.

So why do athletes want to consume creatine? Creatine helps you obtain more muscle mass and produce more strength. It also allows your body to produce energy at a higher rate, so you can both perform and improve quicker. Some people are skeptical about using creatine supplements because they can be viewed as a “natural steroid”. A common and safe dose of creatine for consumerism is on average five grams daily to see positive results. However, your body might need to consume a higher or lower amount. In some rare cases, your body may not respond to creatine at all and other protein substitutions may be needed.

While consuming more creatine you may gain weight because the amount of water mass in your body will increase. Creatine pulls more water into your cells in order to produce more protein. So you may feel bloated and let down at first, but the water weight will soon transform into powerful muscle. However, if you consume creatine and do not hit the gym, you will stay weighed down by the water mass. Creatine is not a magic substance to transform you into an Olympic lifter overnight, time working hard at the gym is still required.

Younger athletes, especially teens and children, should avoid using creatine as it may cause damage to your muscles if they have not yet completed growing. Others may argue that creatine is harmless on teens, but why rush the natural growth of muscles and risk the injury? Creatine does not have the same effect on teenagers as it does on adults, the muscles in teens are not yet fully grown so bulking may occur. It is common for coaches and trainers to push student athletes into using the substance, but it could lead to serious injuries and consequences if not used properly. In fact, in some high schools, the use of creatine among student athletes has been banned.

Some possible side effects of using creatine include upset stomach, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, muscle cramps, heat intolerance, fever, dehydration, reduced blood volume, electrolyte imbalances, increased thirst, headache, anxiety, irritability, aggression, nervousness, sleepiness, depression, abnormal heart rhythm, fainting, dizziness, blood clots in the legs, and swollen limbs. Most of these effects are rarely seen, and your body could respond positively to the supplement. If you are think you may be incurring one of more of these side effects please consult a physician immediately.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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