Creatine is a type of chemical called nitrogenous organic acid that is a natural component of the human vertebrae. It is a kind of energy supply for the cells, in particular, those found in the muscles. The body produces creatine naturally, but it can also be found in a variety of different foods (such as meat). Creatine increases the formation of ATP. ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is used in a cell as a coenzyme to transports energy within the cell for metabolism.
Other names for creatine include: creatine Anhydre, Ethyl Ester, Monohydratee, Pyroglutamate, Pyruvate, Di-Creatine, Tricreatine, Malate, and Phosphocreatine.
Health Benefits of Creatine
In modern times, creatine in synthesized in laboratories and marketed as a home remedy, dietary supplement, alternative medicine, and other health products to treat a number of conditions or to simply overall health and athletic performance.
Creatine is often used as a dietary supplement to increase muscle mass. It has been acknowledged by professional athletics as being an effective drug for increasing muscle mass.
Aside from being used as a natural performance enhancer, creatine has been used medically in alternative medicine to treat maladies such as: congestive heart failure (CHF), muscular disease, neurological disease, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy, nerve disease, eye disease, and high cholesterol.
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