Creatine is synthesized in the liver from three amino acids; arginine, methionine and glycine. 95-98% of Creatine is stored in the major skeletal muscles and lesser amounts are found in the heart, brain and testes. Once inside the muscle, it is phosphorylated to form creatine phosphate that is a high-energy substrate that assists in the contraction of the muscle fibers.
Creatine is utilized to maintain higher levels of ATP during exercise. Creatine maximizes physical performance and reduces exercise fatigue by absorbing hydrogen ions released into muscles by lactic acid. Strenuous exercise such as weight lifting, sprinting, and tennis depletes ATP and greatly increases the demand for creatine.
When muscles use ATP for energy, a chemical process happens where the ATP is broken down into two simple chemicals ADP (adenosine diphosphate) and phosphate. This process of ATP turning into ADP releases the energy that gives muscles the ability to contract. The majority of creatine in muscles binds with phosphorus and is converted to creatine phosphate. Creatine phosphate reacts with ADP in your body and converts ADP back to ATP for more energy supplies.
Research shows that creatine can also help buffer lactic acid that builds up in muscles during exercise – the burning sensation in muscles during intense training. The process of hydrogen ions binding with creatine is possibly the reason for the control of lactic acid build-up in muscles.
Creatine promotes the body’s anabolic phase for increased protein synthesis. Increased protein synthesis results in greater muscle gain. Taking creatine supplements for workouts means you will have more energy because it enables the energy cycle to continue for longer periods of time.
Adults or children (age 12 and up): Take 1 teaspoon, 2 times daily. Muscle Power Boost may be mixed in water or juice. For maximum workout results, take 1 teaspoon 15 minutes before exercise. Then take a second teaspoon within one hour after exercise.
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