Vitamins: Creatine for Increased Energy Levels
Creatine is an organic acid that is nitrogenous and occurs naturally in vertebrates. It
helps in supplying energy to the cells of the muscles.
What does creatine do?
The presence of creatine serves as a shuttle that keeps ADP/ATP ratios high thereby ensuring free ATP
energy. This therefore minimizes adenosine nucleotides loss causing cellular dysfunction.
In the body, creatine is synthesized in one’s liver through using different parts from the amino acids,
namely glycine, arginine, methionine. A significant ninety five percent is stored later on in the muscles of
the skeletal system, along with the heart, brain, and testes.
For humans, creatine is typically stored from any food taken in, specifically from fish and meat.
Muscular disease treatment and creatine
It has long been considered that creatine is an effective supplement as well as a positive treatment for diseases
in the neurological, muscular, neuromuscular area.
Diseases such as congestive heart failure and arthritis, as well as gyrate atrophy, disuse atrophy, diseases in
the mitochondrial, neuroprotection, among others.
So far, there have been two valid studies that show creatine as beneficial for disorders in the neuromuscular area.
One study was by Flint Beal from the Medical Center of Cornell University who showed creatine as very effective as
the prescribed drug riluzole in the extension of the experimental mice’s life despite the presence of a neural
degenerative disease in its body.
Beal has long suspected that the creatine effects are basically due to the availability of precious energy to its
nerve injured cells or to the chemical pathway blocking which ultimately leads to cell death.
Another study was by researchers from Canada, namely Tarnopolsky and Martin from the McMaster University in Ontario
who discovered creatine could actually cause an increase, albeit modestly, in the strength of people who are
suffering from various disorders that are neuromuscular in nature.
Creatine as used as a supplement
It was in the year 1912 when researchers discovered that taking in creatine could boost dramatically the content
of creatine in the muscle.
Creatine has since been considered as a major player in metabolizing skeletal muscle. However,
the value of creatine was only made known to the public in the year 1992 during the Barcelona Olympics.
In a “The Times” article, the winner of the 100 meters gold medal – Linford Christie – utilized creatine
prior to going to the Olympics.
After that creatine as a supplement was made available commercially for the first time. The product was called
Creatine and athletes
Creatine is now being used as an effective supplement for people who wish to have muscle mass,
specifically for those engaged in bodybuilding.
Creatine comes in many forms. It could either be a powder mix, a pill or a drink.
Evidence has shown that creatine intake has increased performance in athletes marginally. However, studies
performed in runners and swimmers were less promising, probably due to weight gain.
All in all, creatine is an effective supplement that could help those who may be having trouble in their
muscle mass or for those who would want to build up further their athletic performance.
It is best to first consult with your doctor prior to taking in any supplements, be it creatine or otherwise.
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