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  1. Stugots

    Stugots OT Supporter

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    So whats the deal with creatine? How does it compare do simple protein shakes? Is it safe?

    Any comments appreciated.
     
  2. Phineas Q Stork

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    Protein and creatine are two different things and yes, it's safe
     
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    creatine makes your balls and penis shrink :noes:
     
  4. MaineSucks

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    quoted for truth. stay away from creatine
     
  5. Stugots

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    what is it exactly?
     
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    [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]Creatine is a compound that can be made in our bodies or taken as a dietary supplement. The chemical name for Creatine is methyl guanidine-acetic acid.

    What Does Creatine Do?
    [/font] [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]1. Provide additional energy for your muscles [/font]

    [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]In your body you have a compound called ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate). Think of ATP as an energy containing compound. What is important to know about ATP is that the body can very quickly get energy from a ATP reaction. You have other sources of energy such as carbohydrates and fat - but they take longer to convert into a useable energy source. When you are doing an intense quick burst activity - such as lifting a weight or sprinting, your muscles must contract and need a quick source of energy. This immediate energy comes from ATP. [/font]

    [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]When your muscles use ATP for energy a chemical process happens where the ATP is broken down into two simpler chemicals ADP (adenosine di-phosphate) and inorganic phosphate. This process of ATP turning into ADP releases the energy which gives your muscles the ability to contract. Unfortunately, we do not have an endless supply of ATP. In fact, your muscles only contain enough ATP to last about 10-15 seconds at maximum exertion. In case you were wondering - no, the ADP can not be used to create more energy for your muscles. [/font]

    [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]Here is where the creatine comes in - or more specifically the creatine phosphate (CP). The majority of creatine that is stored in the muscles bonds with abundant phosphorus stores in the muscles and is converted into Creatine Phosphate (CP). CP is able to react with the ADP in your body and turn "useless" ADP back into the "super useful" energy source - ATP. More ATP in your body means more fuel for your muscles. [/font]

    [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]2. Volumization of your muscles [/font]

    [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]Creatine has been shown to pull water into your muscle cells, which increases the size of your muscles. Don't get to excited - it is not clear how great an effect this has. Point #1 is a much clearer benefit of creatine. [/font]

    [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]3. Buffer Lactic Acid build-up [/font]

    [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]New research has shown that creatine can help buffer lactic acid that builds-up in the muscles during exercise. This leads to that nasty burning feel you get in your muscles. Scientifically it is a complicated process - basically the creatine bonds with a Hydrogen ion and that helps delay the build up of lactic acid. More research needs to be done to see if this point is true. [/font]

    [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]4. Enhances Protein Synthesis [/font]

    [font=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva]There is some data to indicate that creatine helps put the body in a more anabolic state where protein synthesis can occur. The more protein synthesis - the greater the muscle gain.
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    and we were just fucking around. Creatine is an amazing supplement. But if are asking questions like this... don't take it
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    A+++ would read agian
     
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    Do a search for fucks sake. Google is your friend.
     
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    What amount of creatine is everyone taking?

    I'm currently taking about 1/2 teaspoon 30 min prior to workout and another 1/2 teaspoon post workout. too little? too much?

    any recomendations as of what is the most effective dose amount and frequency?

    BTW I'm at 165 lbs if that matters.
     
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    nothing alike
     
  11. Louis M

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    not 100% true on the safe. many people have blown out their kidneys because of creatine
     
  12. MaineSucks

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    do you know any of the people? Kidney problems are a side effect of creatine, however, clinical research has shown it to be 1 in thousands. the media completely blew out the facts on creatine... just like they do whenever someone has a problem with ANY supplement. the people that have damaged kidneys are like the people who have become ill because of ephedrine use. most of the time it was because of misuse. (there are some documented cases where creatine kicked up existing kidney problems - but you gotta have a screw loose if you are taking creatine and have an existing problem)

    in order to see muscle gains via creatine, you must take in a significantly larger amount than is found in the body. this creatine needs somewhere to go - i.e. urine. the body needs to produce about 25% more urine when on creatine (hence the reason why you need to drink so much more water while taking it) people who had problems weren't drinking the water and the creatine was building up and damaging the kidneys.

    creatine is a proven supplement - it works and it is one of the safest things you can use as long as it is used correctly (just like any other supplement).
     
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