Creatine Research Paper

Creatine is a substance that is naturally produced by the human body within the liver, kidneys, and pancreas. It resides primarily in skeletal muscle, but small amounts can also be found in the heart, brain (Bird 23). In creatine, for optimal use, a normal adult needs two grams per day to see an increase in muscle growth. While creatine is commonly taken as a supplement, it is also found naturally in one’s diet, since it is found in some animals. “Creatine is most recognized for its ability to generate muscular energy, allowing athletes to train at higher intensities for longer periods of time” (Bird 24). The reason why creatine is legal is that it does not display the threat for the human body. There has been researching done that agrees …show more content…
The process, once ingested, creatine is converted into phosphocreatine via a creatine kinase reaction. The newly created phosphocreatine donates phosphate to adenosine diphosphate (ADP) to resynthesizes adenosine triphosphate (Mangus & Miller 28). The ability to have phosphocreatine is vitally important because it is considered the limiting factor in the energy level your body produces as it works in short and long-term intervals that creates muscle growth and the ability to do your playing or training at the highest levels. There are downsides to every substance, and like any other, creatine has its negative aspects. For some people, weight gain would be negative, and for others, it may be a positive. Creatine is most well known to add weight to your body, and the effect depends on what you want to do while taking creatine; this could be a negative side effect. Along with weight gain that may or may not beneficial for the person, depending on the athlete, short-term side effects in adults include muscle cramping and digestive discomfort (Mangus & Miller, 2005). Since baseball is not a sport of pure endurance and trying to be strong and athletic is truly a large benefit, creatine would be a great source to turn to, since it is a legal PED, with science showing that there is not a long-term risk to the athlete 's

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