Re: creatine

Natasha V. More (
Wed, 14 May 1997 15:40:39 -0500

At 05:58 AM 5/14/97 -0400, wrote:

>For us less informed individuals, please tell us what creatine is, what it
>does, and how to get some (and cost too). I know it must be a nootropic, but
>what kind?

Creatine: Creatine is a nutrient found in our bodies, and made from a
combination of three amino acids: arginine, glycine and methionine.
Creatine helps provide energy for muscle growth. When muscles contract, the
fuel power is called ATP, adenosine triphosphate. We need to rev-up the ATP
supply to make muscles. To produce more ATP, creatine phosphate can be
taken as a supplement. Creatine also helps to make proteins within the
muscle fibers.

Loading: Loading means to divide the creatine supplement into phases. By
loading, we build up the muscle fibers' storage supply. Do this for a week
(or so) and then reduce intake. There are different loading methods, and I
would suggest that you read about it on the Internet. You will also have to
experiment for yourself. There is a really clear and easy to understand
loading table in Ray Sahelian's book _Creatine_ (you can find it on the

Each person is different, and each body builder will respond differently to
loading phases. I had to keep my grams small because of nausea. There is a
new supplement out that combines protein a creatine that I plan to purchase
quite soon. This product, produced by "Pinnacle" has the creatine mixed
into it, so one doesn't have to dissolve the creatine in boiling water and
drink it this way.

Natasha Vita More [fka Nancie Clark]

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