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Creatine: the legal steroid

Weighing in on the pros and cons of protein

Sports Editor

Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:02

Contrary to popular belief, creatine is an extremely dangerous chemical. When taken as part of a workout routine and diet, creatine is thought to increase muscle mass.

This chemical works by increasing the amount of androgen in the body. Androgen is among the hormones that can force the entry of chemical into muscle cells. While there's a clear relationship between muscle strength gains and increases in muscle creatine stores, there is no such correlation when it comes to increases in muscle mass.

Testosterone is another hormone that promotes the effects of creatine. It increases the muscle's sensitivity to the anabolic properties of creatine in addition to enhancing the protein build-up in muscle fibers.

But, without a proper diet of protein and carbohydrates, the muscle will not grow because of a creatine supplement. This supplement increase the amount of water and protein that enters your muscles, causing more energy and endurance for longer and harder workouts in the gym.

The supplement should not be taken without further knowledge. Side effects of the amino acid include kidney damage, heart problems, muscle cramps and pulls, dehydration, and diarrhea.

Just remember that while that little bottle of white powder on the shelf at GNC might help with a longer and harder workout, it will not cake on the muscle mass like the common belief suggests.


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