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Creatine is nutritional supplement that falls under the broad category of products known as ergogenic aids that are designed to chemically improve athletic performance This substance is banned by major sports organizations including the International Olympic committee The National Athletic Association and The United States Olympic Committee Creatine is prohibited because it has been proven that it offers an unfair advantage to competitors and to increase health risks of cancer and stroke Creatine is the most popular nutritional supplement with sales of 400 million a year and could be purchased in health food stores and over the Internet It has been discouraged that people less than 18 years not take the supplement because of unknown potential health effects Creatine is physiologically produced by the liver kidneys and pancreas It is also found in protein rich sources such as fish and meat Total daily requirement of creatine is 2 g per day Some studies have shown that creatine intake improves baseline strength in adults A study was conducted in Westchester County a suburb of New York City where 1103 students participated ranking form 6th - 12th grade 62 59 admitted to taking creatine These athletes ranged from sports including football lacrosse hockey wrestling gymnastics cheerleading skiing soccer tennis baseball field hockey and track and field Creatine and other nutritional supplements are publicized as safe and natural methods of improving sports performance They are widely marketed through television radio and print media and are promptly available for purchase through the Internet Olympic and professional athletes began using ergogenic aids to improve heir body composition and performance Later college students and high school students started using ergogenic aids Teenage users may be taking ergogenic aids to imitate famous athletes as the media pressures them to look the way athletes look Also young athletes may be pressured by parents friends and coaches to succeed in athletics thus taking creatine to prove their athletic ability Safety use of creatine in
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