In order to survive the cut throat competition, many athletes look for drugs and supplements that could enhance their performance and boost their confidence. Most popular supplement used by the athletes to help them explode their strength is creatine. Creatine is a natural substance that is assumed to boost muscle mass of the athletes and help them to run farther with greater speed, to jump higher, etc.
Creatine is a natural substance, which is formed from amino acids. It plays a vital role in converting food into energy. It helps in making a substance called ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which supplies energy for muscle contraction. We get some of the creatine from our daily diet consisting of protein-rich foods like meat, and fish. Rest of the creatine is made naturally by the body.
Though creatine is used widely, there is no conclusive evidence about its ability to enhance athletic performance. Still it is gaining popularity and is easily available at drug stores, nutrition stores, supermarkets, and over the internet. Creatine can be obtained even without a doctor’s prescription in the form of tablets, powder, capsules, drink mixes and energy bars.
There are some positive evidence that creatine supplement could aid reasonably with sports that necessitate sudden boost of action. Weightlifting and sprinting are examples of such activities. But you should remember that the possible benefits of creatine may depend on aspects like diet, age, fitness level, and athletic activity.
At present researchers are trying to find out whether creatine can be used for treating certain health conditions that are caused by weakened muscles. These conditions include heart attack and heart failure, neuromuscular disorders (muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic sclerosis), Huntington’s disease, etc.
Intake of Creatine is not free from side effects. Its side effects may include diarrhea, nausea, water retention, muscle pain, cramping, and high blood pressure. If used in excess amount creatine can cause side effects like fever, headache, fatigue, weight gain, kidney problems, breathing problem, rash, etc.
Certain drugs like diuretics, diabetes medications, and acetaminophen can interact with creatine and could be dangerous too. Consuming stimulants like caffeine, Ephedra, guarana, etc can cause hazardous cardiac side effects.
Creatine supplement is not recommended for the diabetics or people with kidney or liver disease. Pregnant or nursing women and children below 18 years should avoid taking creatine supplements. You must consult your doctor before starting to take creatine supplements.