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Supplement FAQs

What is creatine?
Where does creatine come from?
Who uses creatine and why are they using it?
What are other uses for creatine?
What are the effects of creatine?
Why is Creatine Ethyl Ester better than Creatine Monohydrate?

What is creatine?
Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that naturally occurs in humans and helps to supply energy to muscle cells. Creatine is synthesized mainly in the liver by the use of parts from three different amino acids - arginine, glycine, and methionine. Up to ninety-five percent of it is later stored in the skeletal muscles.

Where does creatine come from?
In humans, typically half of stored creatine originates from food (mainly from meat and fish). However, the liver is the body's natural source of creatine. This is evidenced by the fact that even though vegetables do not contain creatine, vegetarians do not suffer from creatine deficiency.

Who uses creatine and why are they using it?
Creatine is naturally created inside your body to supply energy to muscle cells. Additional creatine is often taken by humans as a dietary supplement for those wishing to gain muscle mass (bodybuilding) and sports oriented individuals. There is scientific evidence that taking creatine supplements can marginally increase athletic performance in high-intensity anaerobic repetitive cycling sprints. Ingesting creatine can increase the level of phosphocreatine in the muscles up to 20%.

What are other uses for creatine?
Creatine supplementation has been, and continues to be, investigated as a possible therapeutic approach for the treatment of muscular, neurological and neuromuscular diseases (arthritis, congestive heart failure, disuse atrophy, gyrate atrophy, miscellaneous neuromuscular diseases, mitochondrial diseases, muscular dystrophy, neuroprotection, etc.).

What are the effects of creatine?
The primary effects of creatine:
1. Provide additional energy for your muscles
- More energy allows for a higher intensity work out for better gains
2. Buffer Lactic Acid build-up
- Reduced burn allows you to push your self over your normal limits
3. Enhances Protein Synthesis
- The more protein synthesis, the greater the muscle gain

Why is Creatine Ethyl Ester better than Creatine Monohydrate?
There are a number of forms of creatine but the most common are creatine monohydrate - creatine bonded with a molecule of water , and creatine ethyl ester (CEE) – which is creatine monohydrate with an ester attached. Comparative advantages of CEE to creatine monohydrate:
1. More soluble in water than creatine monohydrate
- Easier to mix with water or your favorite drink
2. Has a membrane that is theoretically a more permeable form of creatine and can enter the cells without the typical “transporters"
- Easier absorption by the body without needing maltose or dextrose
3. Less Creatine is wasted in the digestive tract and stomach
4. Better absorption requires less dosage and relatively no loading period.