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Understanding Aminos: Creatine

Creatine is an Amino acid that is commonly known to be found in red meat.The liver and kidneys can produce creatine from the amino acids Glycine and Arginine which is then stored in skeletal muscle tissue.

Creatine’s primary role is to replenish adenosine triphosphate (ATP) sources which will increases strength, endurance and recovery.

Supplementing with creatine increases storage in the muscles providing more available energy to train longer and harder.

Creatine is also used to help patients with chronic heart failure to improve heart pumping as well as for neurologic conditions like Parkinson’s.

The biggest benefit from taking Creatine is its ability to fight against Scaropenia (loss of skeletal muscle as we age) thus fighting against the deterioration of muscle.

Dosages above 5g per day has shown signs of upsetting the stomach in some individuals which hints against the loading phase suggested by most supplement companies (Remember the faster you use their product the more you’ll need to buy)

Taking creatine with some source of carbohydrate will increase the absorption rate, and results from supplementing will normally only show after 3 weeks.

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