Facts about Creatine

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Nitrogenous Organic Acid or Creatine is a biological substance, this is found naturally in all vertebrates. Creatine helps in supplying energy primarily to the muscles and also to all other cells in our body. Creatine helps in increasing the formation of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) and in solution Creatine is found in equilibrium with Creatinine inside our body.

Here are some of the most interesting facts about Creatine:

  • Michel Eugene Chevreul discovered Creatine in the year 1832 as an important component that helps in development of the skeletal muscles.

  • The word Creatine means ‘œMeat’ in Greek.

  • Creatine is produced naturally in the human body, from amino acids that are present in the liver and the kidney.

  • Once Creatine is created the substance is carried through blood for use in the muscles.

  • It has been identified than approximately more than 95 percent of the Creatine that is found in the human body is located in the human skeletal system.

  • Although Creatine is not an essential nutrient for growth, L-methionine, L-arginine and Glycine creates Creatine in the human body.

  • Bodybuilders, Athletes, Sprinters and Wrestlers often use Creatine supplements in order to gain muscle mass.

  • It has been noted in several researches on Creatine that Creatine supplements can create asthmatic symptoms when it ingested regularly, and so persons who are known to possess allergies towards Creatine are warned against its consumption, without proper medical guidance.

  • Recent studies conducted on Creatine supplements has revealed that Creatine can also affect heat tolerance factors and hydration status in the human anatomy, which can subsequently lead to diarrhea and muscle cramps.

  • Patients those who a have an existing track record of kidney diseases must also seek medical advice while consuming Creatine supplements, as artificial ingestion of Creatine can lead to interstitial nephritis.

  • Liver functions also may get altered by drinking Creatine supplements, for people those who show signs of underlying liver diseases.

  • EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) however stated in a published record in the year 2004, that long term oral intake of 3g pure Creatine per day, can be considered risk free and safe for its users.

  • It has been noted in a placebo-controlled-double blind experiment that was conducted on vegans and vegetarians, that oral ingestion of 5 g Creatine for six weeks on a regular basis shows major improvement in Raven’s Progressive Matrices and fluid intelligence tests conducted from the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS). It was found in this experiment that the persons who were treated with 5g Creatine every day for 6 weeks, were capable of repeating long sentences and developed a higher IQ score compared to the control group present during the research.

  • It has been also registered that Creatine supplements increases the cognitive abilities in older peoples when it is taken on a regular basis.

Creatine has a very short elimination half-life which is on an average of 3 hours. So in order to maintain the elevated plasma level with Creatine supplements, one needs to take small doses of Creatine every 3-6 hours all through the day.

As each persons does have their own ‘œpreset’ amount of Creatine that they can hold in their body. Excess Creatine more than 2-5 g on a daily basis, is eliminated as a waste, while ingesting Creatine supplements regularly.

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