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Countdown to Atlanta's NPC Eastern Seaboard Competition: Bodybuilding- What is Creatine?

Creatine, unlike most supplements that bodybuilders use, is neither a vitamin, mineral, herb nor hormone. Located primarily in our skelatal muscle, creatine has the chemical name methyl guanidine-acetic acid.  We naturally consume various foods that contain creatine. Such as meats, dairy, eggs, and some nuts and seeds. Although the human body can store substantially high amounts of creatine to enhance recovery and muscle power, it is still difficult for the average athlete to consume enough food to provide the same amount of creatine that using supplements will.

So how does it help enhance an athlete's edge?  It's simple really. Okay, maybe not that simple, but creatine's main role is in energy production in the muscles.  This energy is scientifically termed, ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and is what our muscle rely on for each and every contraction whether it be brought on by aerobic activity or anerobic activity.     Creatine can help your body to perform more work as a result of additional energy, thus stimulating protein synthesis in which helps your muscles to build stronger and repair faster.

What other benefits are there to supplementing with Creatine besides sports performance?
Yes! It can improve strength and fitness in daily activities in the elderly. Speed up recovery after long periods of immobility due to cast, splints, or hospitalization. Creatine also improves mental focus, performance, and has direct antioxidant properties.


  • Charlene Collins ~ Atlanta Family Health Examiner 4 years ago

    Great article. Sending you some PV love!



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