Creatine: Pros & Cons

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Creatine: Pros & Cons

Presented to Dr. Joel A Bloom
In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements
For
HLT 4397-Medical Terminology

By
Michael Esparza

The University of Houston
College of Education
Health Program
Department of Educational Psychology
April 28, 2013
Section I:
As with any supplement, there are always going to be some pros and cons while using that supplement. This paper is designed to do just that, list the pros and cons of using creatine so you can get a better understanding as to the toll it takes on the human body. Many athletes take this supplement and there are plenty ups and downs to it. Section II:

We will begin with some of the pros of taking Creatine. Creatine promotes growth of muscle which is the main reason why so many athletes choose to take this. The bigger your muscles are, the more strength you have and the better off you’ll be at your sport. Creatine also improves protein synthesis which is a main component of you becoming stronger. Creatine also has antioxidant properties which lead to faster recoveries and less soreness after an intense workout.

Creatine has also been said to improve your serum cholesterol levels. It may also reduce your homocysteine levels, which may improve your mental and physical health. Many athletes have been quoted by saying, “Creatine has made my body feel fresher and mentally stable throughout the duration of my supplementation.”

Not only has Creatine been proven to improve your overall fitness, it has also been proven to treat certain conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, heart failure, muscular dystrophy, and many more. It shows great capabilities and research is ongoing to discover how far in depth these studies really are. Creatine has also been found to improve body mass in people suffering from neuromuscular disorders, which are characterized by muscle weakness and wasting. As for the lowering effect of cholesterol levels, people suffering from high concentration of lipids in their blood will benefit the most with this effect.

Out of all the pros, I have to say the number one added reason why so many people take this supplement is because creatine doesn’t put on fat at all. With stronger muscles, no fat, and a faster recovery phase after a workout, no wonder why so many people choose to take this supplement.

Now let’s move on to the cons of taking Creatine. Most people feel as if there are plenty more cons that way out the pros of taking this supplement. For starters, studies have shown that Creatine makes people more aggressive in their everyday lifestyle while being on this supplement. Some companies have even been known to add a small dose of anabolic steroids in their Creatine mixture and, for that reason, get more aggressive in the process.

As mentioned earlier, creatine boosts up your muscles to the extreme which causes heavier muscles in your body. In saying so, these bigger muscles cause you to gain weight which causes you to have a bigger figure. Heavier and stronger muscles can be both a pro and con of creatine so you need to evaluate whether or not you truly want to take this product.

Creatine works best for short-duration sports. For ex., lifting weights and springing are both short-duration activities; both of which take less than 30 seconds to do. So if you’re a marathon runner, creatine isn’t going to help you at all.

During the ‘loading’ phase, the first 5 days of taking creatine where you take a lot more than the normal amount, you might experience a slight stomach ache and pass gas more than you’re probably use to. Just keep an eye out for that.

Yes, creatine works great when you take it. However, this product doesn’t work immediately. Normally, you have to go through the loading phase of creatine to get results. The phase lasts’ approximately 5 days and, therefore, you wouldn’t start seeing results until after this phase is over with.

Some other side effects of creatine use have...
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