What is creatine?
Creatine supplements are used to increase muscle mass and improve
athletic performance, especially in older adults. Creatine is a source of
energy for the skeletal muscles. In fact, 95% of the creatine in our body is
stored in the skeletal muscle.
Where is it creatine found?
Creatine is not an essential nutrient because our bodies can make it. Our
liver, kidneys and pancreas synthesize 1-2g of creatine a day. Creatine
can also be ingested from food. Another 1-2 g come from fish and meats.
What are the benefits of creatine?
Creatine has been shown to be effective for enhancing muscle
performance during brief, high intensity exercise. It seems to increase
muscular power during repeated, short energy bursts rather than for single
event performance. It also might be beneficial in exercise alternating
anaerobic and aerobic metabolism for long durations. It doesn’t seem to
improve strength of body composition in people over the age of 60.
Additionally, for some it may decrease the rate of Parkinson’s Disease and
improve muscle strength in those with muscular dystrophy, and may be
used to treat depression, CHF (congestive heart failure) and bipolar
Are there interactions between creatine and food, herbs or other supplements?
Creatine combined with carbohydrates can increase muscle creatine levels than
just taking creatine alone.