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Athletes are competitive They go out there to win But at all costs Why are athletes willing to sacrifice their long-term health in order to have one outstanding season Will it be worth it when they are hooked up to machines in order to stay alive Many athletes do not think that taking a supplement will harm them They are strong tough athletes nothing can harm them right So they start taking creatine or andro or both For the most part they lose body fat gain strength along with muscle That sounds great but that is not always what happens Supplements are supposed to be taken to make up for a deficiency in some aspect of a persons diet For example if someone does not like milk and does not eat any foods that contain calcium they could take a calcium supplement But athletes use supplements to lose body fat and gain muscle and strength Once favored primarily by gung-ho body builders products that purportedly add muscle and increase strength are now being snapped up by weekend athletes hoping to stay in top form as well as older adults wanting to stay toned and healthy as they age Drugs 8 These sports supplements are not being used correctly and this causes problems down the road for users There are different types of supplements Creatine monohydrate generally known as creatine is a popularly used supplement Creatine occurs naturally in muscles but many athletes or body builders take it to increase their strength and size When using muscles a chemical called ATP adenosine tri-phosphate is broken down into ADP adenosine DI-phosphate and an inorganic phosphate The release of the phosphate is what gives the muscles energy Creatine the naturally occurring kind or the kind that comes in a jar combines with phosphate and can restore ADP back to ATP Theoretically this means more energy But it does not come without a price The manufacturers and
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