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Actions and Effects of Creatine Throughout time humans have had a fascination with being excellent at what they do and athletics have been no exception Many substances exist and many have been criticized and analyzed for their safety legality and morality for athletes With the banning of steroids from competitive sports and the implementation of random drug testing in most sports most athletes professional recreational and would-be professionals are hoping to gain an edge More recently one such edge has been discovered and it has found itself in locker rooms across the country in the hands of these athletes and all the while and probably more importantly in the medias direct line of fire Although legal creatine has its proponents and its opponents through this paper Ill discuss some of the factors that make creatine such a hot topic in sports and the health industry To understand why people use creatine we must first understand what it is Creatine is a naturally occurring nutrient that is found in the body Sahelian 2000 It is also found in meat and fish usually at a concentration of about 4 grams of creatine per kilogram Sahelian 2000 As a general fact we consume around 1 gram per day from out daily diet Vegetarians have a much lower intake of creatine than most meat eaters and will usually have a noted reaction to creatine supplementation due to this fact Sahelian 2000 To apply creatine to the muscle building process we must understand what it does When we use our muscle everyday for any activity we use oxygen to make energy This energy is created by breaking down a chemical that exists in our body known as adenosine triphosphate ATP into another chemical adenosine diphosphate ADP but using oxygen to make energy is a very slow process Sahelian 2000 This is the part of the process where creatine makes itself known Current studies show that creatine supplementation can increase the
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