Forgive my ignorance..

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 02, 2008 12:45 PM GMT
    ..But what is creatine? What does it do? How does it work? It it something useful enough for a 19 year old teenager who's trying to build 10 lbs of lean muscle to invest in?
    Hopefully I won't be attacked for not researching it before posting this, I just figure the information comes less elaborately in responses on here than it would elsewhere.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 02, 2008 1:46 PM GMT
    Creatine is nitrogenous organic acid that occurs naturally in vertebrates and helps to supply energy to muscle and nerve cells.

    Controversy
    Creatine use in sports as a purported performance enhancer (creatine supplement) is controversial. Even if creatine's effectiveness is proven, some people still believe it should be banned from use as a performance enhancer. In any case, creatine still remains a commonly-used substance.


    Side Effects
    Continuous intake of excessively high dosages of creatine may lead to any of several possible side-effects. It has been hypothesized that consistently high doses could lead to hypertension due to reduced blood water content, and dehydration, for the same reason. There is some discussion of kidney problems resulting from supplementation, but as excess creatine is not broken down into nitrogenous wastes but instead released in a more benign form, this is unlikely.

    Creatine supplementation utilizing proper cycling and dosages, however, has not been linked with any adverse side-effects beyond occasional dehydration due to increased muscular water uptake from the rest of the body.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creatine
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 20, 2008 7:28 PM GMT
    You are forgiven, now what did you do? You're so handsome that I kind of just forgot...