by Jack Kenefick on December 16, 2009
Creatine: Good or Ugly?
Creatine is a naturally produced amino-acid based compound and it is produced by the human body. Produced in the pancreas, the liver and the kidneys it is then sent though the blood stream to the muscles tissues where it is converted into phosphocreatine molecules. These molecules store energy in the tissues of the muscles.
For those who want to build muscle mass this is a very good product. In fact, creatine is considered to be a body builder’s best friend. It has the status of being a very good supplement for those doing intensive heavy weight training and those who require quick sustained bursts of energy.
This unique ability comes from the fact that it can minimize protein breakdown and its muscle protein synthesizing action. The reason for this is that creatine can super-hydrate the muscles cells with water. Another benefit is that it can enhance muscle growth and it can make muscle fibers stronger and bigger.
Creatine is naturally produced in the kidneys which get used by the body but if the levels rise due to some kidney malfunction or if the kidneys are unable to clear properly then it can lead to kidney failure. It is for this reason that regular blood tests are required.
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