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Creatine has no proven side effects and should remain legal in sports because it helps athletes reach potential and elevates the game to a higher level Creatine is the safest most effective supplement out on the market today says Ron Terjung a physiology professor at the University of Missouri Millions of men are buying the dietary supplement hoping it is the magic pill that can transform them from scrawny to brawny Creatine has made a strong impact on the athletic world giving many an edge on the competition and enhancing athletic performance The discovery of Creatine leads back to 1832 A French scientist named Chevreul identified a naturally occurring organic compound in meat and it was later found to be manufactured by the liver kidneys and pancreas using three amino acids The scientist named the compound Creatine after the Greek word for fleshPhillips 8 Creatine is a compound that is naturally made in our bodies to supply energy to our muscles It is an energy rich metabolite that is found mainly in muscle tissue It is responsible for supplying the muscle with energy during exercise Chemically it is called Methylguanido-acid Creatine is formed from the three amino acids argentine methionine and glycogen that undergo a chemical process to form Creatine Creatine is manufactured in the liver and may be produced in the pancreas and kidneys It is transported through the blood and taken up by muscle cell where it is converted into Creatine phosphate also called phosphocreatine This reaction involves the enzyme Creatine kinase that helps bond Creatine to a high-energy phosphate group Once Creatine is bound to a phosphate group it is permanently stored in a cell as phosphocreatine until it is used to produce chemical energy called Adenosine Triphosphate ATP ATP then loses a phosphate group and becomes Adenos ine Diphosphate ADP Creatine when present in the muscle in sufficient amounts donates a phosphate group to ADP and it rapidly retransform
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