Creatine is an incredibly misunderstood substance. So much incorrect and misleading information is presented about it that is simply not true. This is a brief presentation of some facts regarding what creatine is, how it works and what it's benefits are.
Creatine is commonly referred to as an amino acid. It is a nutrient incorporated into proteins in food similar to carnitine and taurine. It is not a steroid or a stimulant. The liver, pancreas and kidneys can combine glycine with other amino acids to make creatine in the body. Certain people have what is termed creatine deficiency syndrome, where they can't make any creatine. This leads to seizures, reduced muscle function and multiple neurological problems. These individuals are supplemented with creatine even from infancy, in doses twice as high as adult athletes use in high "loading doses". Even when supplementing at these levels, in excess of 10 continuous years, there has never been a death or significant negative side effect reported based upon extensive studies done in Switzerland and Germany.
Sir Haus Krebs won the Noble Prize in 1935 for discovering the chain of chemical reactions that convert all sources of fuel in the body to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the primary energy compound for all living things, from human beings down to single-celled algae. At the very core of human and animal functioning and chemistry, this is where creatine works by increasing and improving ATP utilization and regeneration.
Creatine is an exciting, all natural molecule. Even though it is primarily stored in muscle tissue, it enhances cellular energetics throughout the body. This is why growing research is continuing to show a multitude of health benefits involving optimizing creatine levels through supplementation. Besides enhancing muscle strength and function in athletes, creatine also has shown through research to 1). Improve protein synthesis 2). decrease protein breakdown 3). improve health status of HIV patients 4). improve immune cell function 5). improve body composition 6). improve symptoms in diabetic patients 7). prevent and treat ALS 8). prevent and treat Parkinson's disease 9). prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease 10). improve patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 11). enhance and repair damage to skin cells 12). treatment of cardiovascular disease 13). prevention of brain injuries in football players 14). increases in bone density 15). natural stimulation of I G F - 1 16). assisting of calcium to maintain proper muscle contraction and relaxation. The list goes on. Don't be deceived by the supposed experts in medicine who think they know it all because they have an M.D. by their name. Research the real, unbiased research and find the facts. Creatine is an all natural, necessary compound in all animals. Used properly, it provides a multitude of health promoting benefits.