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Creatine! Can it Help?!

Updated: Oct 16, 2022


 

There's a ton of information/articles regarding creatine out there so I'm going to do my best to simplify the science of it and how it can help you in the gym! First and foremost, creatine does not affect men or women differently. If a man takes creatine as a supplement and a woman takes creatine as a supplement they are going to get similar benefits according to the dose they are taking.


What is creatine?


Creatine is a natural amino acid produced in the body as well as taken from external sources such as meats and creatine supplements. The body creates this amino acid in the kidneys and completes it in the liver using 3 separate amino acids glycine, arginine, and methionine. Although the body naturally produces this amino acid, it's not a ton, this is why some individuals choose to consume extra using supplements. Most of the creatine we have in our bodies is stored in our muscles as phosphocreatine so it can be utilized when we are performing physical activities.


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How Does Creatine Work?


When we perform physical activities our bodies use ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP summed up is our body's energy source. Think of it as a bank but with energy. The more ATP you have the more you have to break down for energy. The body breaks down ATP and that releases the energy our muscles use to perform activities. So where does creatine play a role in this? When we consume creatine it goes into our cells which eventually ends up being converted into phosphocreatine. Now that we have additional phosphocreatine in our system it can donate a phosphate group to contribute toward the conversion of ADP (Adenosine diphosphate) into ATP ( our main energy source). For simplicity purposes, think of it like this. We consume creatine and it turns into one thing that donates part of itself to contribute toward the conversion of ADP to ATP.