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Re: Creatine

Re: Creatine

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Posted by Steven on April 27, 2000 at 20:21:03:

In Reply to: Re: Creatine posted by Marc David on April 27, 2000 at 17:03:09:

Just a point I want to make:

It is far from proven that taking creatine will dehydrate you. It has been reported anecdotally but studies suggest that this is not true and there is no scientific basis for it. Also, the reason why creatine MAY overwork the kidneys is that it is an amino acid and any excess of amino acid will hurt the kidneys. This is due to the function of the kidneys dealing with removal of nitrogen waste from the body. When you take in excess protein, your body deals with it by converting it to energy precursors and thereby removing the amino or nitrogen end. However, creatine is not a true amino acid in the sense that it can not be used for functions such as building muscle, enzymes, structural components, etc. Therefore, the nitrogen is not removed from the compound and is not a threat to cause an excess amount of nitrogen for the body to deal with. Therefore, as studies suggest, it probably will not overload the kidneys. However, as Jon seems to suggest, not an overwhelming amount of research has been performed on this topic so be careful. But excess water will not really help you save your kidneys. It will just give them more to deal with. Just keep the amounts of creatine as low as you can. A loading phase is not really required, as MArc David said. Studies show that excessive amounts of creatine just end up in your urine. What a waste of money. :)



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