Creatine - Miracle Supplement or False Hope? 29 replies

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Inyri Forge Advanced Member

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#1 15 years ago

I had never heard of creatine until a thread here cropped up about it. I know a few people here use it to help gain muscle mass. But how does creatine work?

When exercising, muscles need to use ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is the body's source of energy. However the body only has enough ATP to last for 4 to 6 seconds. After this ATP is expended it becomes ADP (adenosine diphosphate). This ADP combines with a molecule called creatine phosphate.

The purpose of the creatine supplement is, in theory, to provide the body with the creatine necessary to form more creatine phosphate. Sounds great... in theory.

So what's the problem? If you eat the creatine supplement, it goes into your stomach where it is broken down into its component amino acids. Goodbye creatine! So is the creatine going to help you build muscle mass? No, but you just wasted some money in buying it. Now if you injected it directly into the muscles it would be a different story.

I could go into more detail on muscle function, but I tried to keep the physiology behind it pretty simple as I'm sure most of you aren't familiar with most of it. The main idea, though, is creatine is pretty much a crock and won't do you any good.




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#2 15 years ago

ive heard of it..........but i dont use it


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#3 15 years ago

I eat Creatine for breakfast

Just kidding. Never used it, never plan to. All these type of things are a big scam.




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#4 15 years ago

I don’t know much about this but wouldn't creatine end up like the rest of things in your stomach, when your body takes out the nutrients and other things it needs and sends the rest on its merry way?




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#5 15 years ago

Yeah, I heard a lot of information about Creatine on some TV programme. It is true in that it doesn't actually work if you digest it.

The main thing you need for body-building is simply protein. I'm no biology expert (*looks at Inyri*), but I know some stuff about how muscles are formed and how they work.

Your muscles get stronger when they are torn, as your body believes if they have been torn they must suit the new level of work to not tear. Simply go out and work yourself until your muscles hurt, then have some honey before sleeping and your muscles will gradually get stronger (the honey has properties which help to heal muscle and burns fat in the process).

Meh, I'm not in to body building. I think it looks very unattractive after a certain amount.




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#6 15 years ago

Creatine isn't a "miracle supplement" and it's not a scam either. Creatine is something the body needs, just like protein. And as with protein you need more of it if you work out. [SIZE="5"]Nothing more, nothing less[/SIZE].

From the back of my Creatine package:

"Creatine is a natural substance that is part of the body' energy renewal. Creatine is found in meat and fish but not in sufficient quantities if you are an active sportsman. In conjunction with physical activity the energy molecules are broken down. Creatine deficency leads to a situation where the energy molecules cannot be built up again. The muscles become tired too quickly. The energy stored in the muscle cells in the form of ATP is used up in conjunction with explosive physical performance. When ATP is used up you are unable to do any more, the muscles fail to respond and you begin to feel the effects of lactic acid.

Scientific studies have shown that creatine gives all sportsmen more strength and stamina, they tolerate lactic acid better and they recover more quickly. Creatine is used by different sportmen, including ice hockey players, footballers, athletes and weight-trainers."

The main idea, though, is creatine is pretty much a crock and won't do you any good.

That must be why NHL and NFL players, hell, almost all professional athletes and sportsmen, uses it.

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I might add that creatine doesn't do very much about muscle mass (that's what protein shakes are for). It gives you more endurance and you don't get as much lactic acid.




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#7 15 years ago

I have never heard of it. Never used it.




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#8 15 years ago

I have never heard of it. Never used it.




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#9 15 years ago

You can't really get in trouble for using creatine because its a protien supplement. Some football guyz at my school took creatine just to build muscle mass. It makes you feel somewhat stronger (not exactly like steroids). The only side affect that I have seen is you can become addicted and you have to drink loads of water. I mean gallons of it a day. The football players were even carrying gallons in there hands to class. It was pretty popular last year, it seems to have died down abit. But it isnt to dangerous, you can just get really dehydrated.




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#10 15 years ago

Well, good to know. Do you also know the story behind "water with extra-O2"? Over here they try to sell this stuff to sports-people because it is supposed to help in some way but I can't figure out in what way (except perhaps producing additional activity for the muscles used during burping).