Creatine

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Introduction

Since the beginning of time, the body has been a sign of dominance. Creatine monohydrate has been around for over a hundred years, but it has been only used as a dietary supplement for the past decade. Over the years creatine has been one of the leading in supplements, and it is used worldwide. Creatine is neither a drug nor a steroid; it is a legal dietary supplement. Athletes use it to get the edge on competition and older people use it to stay healthy. It all depends on who wants to use it. With everything in the world, there is a positive and a negative creatine is no different. Being a user myself, I want find out problems that may later come up. I am looking to find what creatine can do for me, both positive and negative. Up to this point I love creatine and over a period of three years I have noticed a dramatic change. Creatine has helped me advance my athletic ability and hopefully to fulfill my dreams and goal. The world has just surpassed the millennium mark, but there is so much we still don't know. Creatine is a supplement that has not been looked at for its long-term effect, but in due time needs to be. With so many people reporting their benefits, creatine has to be doing something right, but who knows what is in store for the future? Until a fact has been stated, and proven that creatine is deadly, one shouldn't listen to myths. To some, creatine may be dangerous drug, but to analyze it, one must know what it actually is, the ways to use it, along with the pros and cons of using creatine.

Body
The year was 1886 a French scientist just happened to stumble upon a substance that would enhance muscle growth. Chevreul, the scientist, found that creatine is stored in the human body naturally. It is mostly stored in lean red muscle tissue in the form of creatine phosphate (Sahelian 49). To users, it is known as creatine, but to advance researchers it is known as methyl guadidine-acetic acid. Creatine is a combination of three substances; glycine, arginine, and methionine. Naturally found in the body, creatine provides the energy our muscles need to move. Creatine is produced in the liver, pancreas, and the kidneys. The way creatine works is very abstruse, but the first thing one must know is that creatine exists in two different forms. One is "free" creatine which is chemically unbound, and the other is "creatine phosphate." These two creatines make up two thirds of the total supply in the human body (Creatine Information par. 4). For someone's muscles to work, a special fuel must be present. This special fuel is known as ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate). ATP releases one of its phosphate molecules and then it turns into ADP (Adenosine Diphosphate)(Creatine Monohydrate par.5 and 6). This cycle is repeated because there is only enough ATP to last about ten to fifteen seconds. Here is the chemical make-up of creatine.

(Creatine, Creatine par.10)
Like mentioned earlier there are three amino acids that make up creatine. Another ways to explain how creatine works is by the formula researchers have developed. ATPà ADP+ P+ ENERGYà ADP+ CPà ATP+ C (Sahelian 78-79)

When ATP loses its molecule, it is just ADP, so now the ADP goes and finds CP (creatine phosphate) which is found throughout the body. This cycle is repeated as long as there is CP in the body. When the body runs out, the CP has to be restored. This is why some people use creatine to keep the CP level strong in their body (Sahelain 78 79). Creatine is used all over but is used mostly in sports. It helps athletes get a competitive edge. Right now creatine is not banned in sports, and the reason is that creatine is neither a drug nor a steroid. Creatine is a dietary supplement and is sold in stores like GNC, Vitamin World, and is sold by over 100 different companies. NCAA did a survey and it showed that 13% of athletes used creatine to enhance their athletic ability. The summer of 1998 when Sammy Sosa and Mark...
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