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This paper describes the athletic and medicinal uses of creatine supplements. The paper further explains the many benefits of creatine supplements, as well as their potential negative side-effects. The paper concludes that, while creatine clearly has certain benefits, anyone considering a program of creatine supplementation should not make a decision without fully weighing both the advantages and disadvantages of such a program, and further, such a program should not be undertaken without the supervision of a physician.
From the Paper:"Creatine is an amino acid that is bound to phosphate, to form phosphocreatine or creatine phosphate, and is stored in muscles as a form of energy. During high intensity exercise, the phosphocreatine is metabolized, and the energy released from the broken bond is used to regenerate adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, which is the body's primary energy source. As the stored phosphocreatine is depleted during a bout of exercise, the body is no longer able to sustain the same intensity of activity. By supplementing the body's natural stores of phosphocreatine with creatine supplements then, theoretically the body should be able to sustain high intensity exercise for longer periods of time and therefore see more muscular gains."
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