Creatine definition-From a medical point of view

Creatine definition-From a medical point of view

Creatine, muscle building supplement

Information provided in this article is intended for your general knowledge only and does not constitute medical advice. This information is provided by Naomi Albertson, M.D. She is a sports medicine and family medicine physician.
today I'm going to be talking about creatine definition-from a medical point of view. 

a medical physician at the Reno Orthopaedic Clinic and the owner and developer of Dr. Ni's OC2 says OC2 is a combination of vitamin d3, calcium citrate magnesium and creatine monohydrate for total frame support. 

In today's article we're going to discuss about creatine, In this, we will also talk about,

1) What is creatine/creatine definition
2) Role of creatine
3) What it can do for you,
4) Whether it's safe 
5) How creatine should be used?
6) What happens if you stop taking creatine
also in the last some other myths about creatine

 let's start with some wrong myths like 
  • 1 ) creatine is a steroid.
  • 2 ) creatine isn't natural. 
  • 3 ) creatine is only for bodybuilders.  
  • And 
  • 4 ) creatine will make me look like a bodybuilder. 


What is Creatine?/Creatine definition

Well, creatine is not a steroid it is a muscle-building supplement that can also be produced by the human body from amino acids glycine and arginine.

The main role of creatine

Creatine's main role is to facilitate the recycling of the Adenosine triphosphate ( ATP ) the energy currency of the cell; IS primarily in muscle and the brain tissue.

Creatine is still the most used and a very famous performance-enhancing supplement for and by athletes, men, and women of all ages. 

When we used creatine in moderate/normal amounts and with normal exercise, then creatine does not cause any muscle bulking but does increase your strength and recovery. 


What can creatine do for you? 

Well, supplementing with creatine can increase the storage of creatine in the muscles, providing more available energy, and allowing you to exercise longer, more easily, and more effectively.

 Some research also has suggested and shown that using creatine during exercise may increase your bone density. 

Other research shows that when you take creatine with 30 grams of whey protein twice a day, can increase strength in adults who are older than 70 years of age even without exercise.

One other research has also shown that creatine is supported by research for use in patients who have the problem of chronic heart failure to improve heart pumping function. And finally, it's supported in patients with neurologic conditions such as Parkinson's disease to slow down the deterioration of brain function. 

Creatine can help fight against sarcopenia.

 Sarcopenia ( dynamic and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength and it is carefully connected with a physical disability ) is the most known normal loss of muscle mass and strength as we grow older, and it can begin as in early age of 35. We see strength losses between ages 50 and 60of about one and a half percent per year, and those losses will increase after the age of 60y by up to three percent per year. 

This supplementation can actually help you to maintain your strength and to help stay active. 

Is creatine safe? 

Well, it's been studied over about 40 years with multiple randomized studies and there's very little downside to its use. Some people who take more than 5 grams per day can develop an upset of stomach or even a small amount of water retention.

People who are on a protein-restricted diet should be especially careful and consult about their doctor before starting creatine supplementation to ensure their total protein intake is not too high. 

How creatine should be used?

Current recommendations suggest that taking creatine every day and in low amounts are effective in improving muscular strength and recovery. Taking creatine with a small number of carbohydrates is also likely to increase absorption for greater benefit.

 If you're using creatine supplement and you do develop some stomach upset, then you should try splitting the amount you take each day into two servings, this may help you tolerate it better. And then, you can see its best effects will be achieved in conjunction with a regular exercise. 

what happens if you stop taking creatine?

 Well, there's good news and there's some bad news. The bad news is that as we started to grow older we lose muscle strength and muscle cells. 

The good news is that creatine gives the raw material to energy creation in your muscle cells and assists with keeping up the strength that is feasible with the cells remaining. 

So since maturing/aging still causes cell loss, utilizing creatine routinely can assist with balancing the strength declines seen with maturing/aging.

 So if you take creatine regularly, you will increase muscle strength but if you stop taking creatine you not only won't see continued improvement in strength but the natural process of getting older and muscle cell loss will not be balanced by the gains in strength and you will overall see declines in strength.

 if you're interested in maintaining muscle strength as you age, ongoing creatine supplementation can play you an important role. You will also see that a small percentage of people will not benefit from creatine, so if you're not seeing some improvements in strength and endurance within a month it suggests that you discontinue taking it.

Some other Myths you may hear about creatine

 So these are the other myths that you may have seen or listen about creatine.

 1 ) creatine causes weight gain. This is false. However, as I mentioned some individuals may experience a small amount of water retention in muscles.

2 ) You don't need to exercise to see the benefits. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. You do have to exercise for making the most of creatine.

3 ) normal use of creatine can cause damage to the kidneys. Unfortunately, this myth has come from a case report of an athlete, who was trying to cut weight and dehydrate while taking high amounts of creatine. Unfortunately, in that individual renal failure did occur. It has not been documented otherwise in the literature.

4 ) you need to front-load it in large amounts for it to be effective.

High amounts can also trigger for faster saturation and storage of creatine within muscle cells,

On the other side low amounts on a regular basis can achieve the same benefit also over short periods of time (approximately two to three weeks). For that reason, there's no need to front-load it and it's much better tolerated in smaller amounts.

 5 ) heating creatine is a good way to dissolve it. On the other hand, Creatine does not actually completely dissolve in water. However, by heating, it may actually denature it, as it is a combination of amino acids.

For this reason, it is not recommended that it be heated for dissolution. 

Thank you for reading this article about Creatine's definition.

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