Creatine vs Protein

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Creatine is a chemical that is normally found in the body, mostly in muscles. It is made by the body and can also be obtained from certain foods. Fish and meats are good sources of creatine. Creatine can also be made in the laboratory. Creatine is most commonly used for improving exercise performance and increasing muscle mass in athletes and older adults. There is some science supporting the use of creatine in improving the athletic performance of young, healthy people during brief high-intensity activity such as sprinting. But older adults don’t seem to benefit. Creatine doesn’t seem to improve strength or body composition in people over 60. Creatine use is widespread among professional and amateur athletes and has been acknowledged by well-known athletes such as Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, and John Elway. Following the finding that carbohydrate solution further increases muscle creatine levels more than creatine alone, creatine sports drinks have become popular. Creatine is allowed by the International Olympic Committee, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and professional sports. However, the NCAA no longer allows colleges and universities to supply creatine to their students with school funds. Students are permitted to buy creatine on their own and the NCAA has no plans to ban creatine unless medical evidence indicates that it is harmful. With current testing methods, detection of supplemental creatine use would not be possible. In addition to improving athletic performance, creatine is used for congestive heart failure (CHF), depression, bipolar disorder, Parkinson’s disease, diseases of the muscles and nerves, an eye disease called gyrate atrophy, and high cholesterol. It is also used to slow the worsening of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), rheumatoid arthritis, McArdle’s disease, and for various muscular dystrophies. Americans use more than 4 million kilograms of creatine each year.Consult your pharmacist.
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careerruined | 26.05.13
Took Creatine to elevate performance for professional Athletic Career. Suddenly pain in both legs-diagnosed with Chronic Compartment Syndrome, which Creatine is suspected to cause. Worked toward this career all my life, it's ruined. I now need operations on both legs. Also found Glycine-which is another name for CREATINE, in my NitroPeak Whey Protein powder ingredient list! Be careful. Better not to use.
EDB | 26.09.11
Track & Field Athlete who took this on/off for 2yrs while in college. No enhancement of performance that good, well-coached practices could deliver. For a sprinter/hurdler/jumper, it was unneeded water weight with a well-hydrating diet. It was "pushed" by then track coach on the whole team. I personally gained better results over the summers witout taking it. It has been 15yrs since that time frame and it is more difficult to shed off water weight now from those of us who took it regularly than my teammates who did not take it. Greater scientific class sizes over longer spans of time need to be taken to determine if it is really helpful or not. Most test sizes have only come from groups of around 40(VERY small).
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