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Oral Creatine Supplementation and Athletic Performance: A Cr... : Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine

Objective: To review and summarize the current data on oral creatine supplementation regarding its potential efficacy in athletic performance, mechanism of action, and metabolism.
Data sources and study selection: Medline was searched using terms relating creatine supplementation to athletic per...
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Creatine is a supplement and increases strength. However; it does hinder aerobic skills because of the weight gain on the individual. Creatine is widely used for building strength and gaining mass. The down side of that is it can decrease your ability to run faster or for a longer periods of time because of the fast weight gain. Creatine is great for building strength, but rapid weight gain can also harm the body because the body cannot react to the fast paced weight change and you could end up hurting your body. Creatine has different effects on everyone, and it should be taken under moderation. 

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Effect of short-term creatine supplementation on renal responses in men - Springer

Effect of short-term creatine supplementation on renal responses in men - Springer | Muscle Enhancement Drugs, should it be allowed? | Scoop.it
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The general population thinks of creatine as a bad thing because it is a enhancing drug and that it could cause damage to vital organs like the rest of the enhancing drugs. In this research they found that taking creatine for a short period of time will yield no liver damage or arterial damage. Proving that creatine is one of the best supplements to use as an athlete or workout enthusiast.

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Performance Enhancing Drugs Really Work! - YouTube

...but, should they be used to produce the meat we eat? Feedlots fatten cattle using a grain-based diet until the animals are just under two years old or wei...
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For athletes, it is illegal to use enhancing drugs, but using them in our meats is not. If it is legal to use enhancing drugs in our meats, then it should be allowed for athletes to use for personal use. There is no difference in eating a meat product that is filled with enhancing drugs and taking them over the counter. If it is illegal for humans to take this drug, then in all fairness, it should not be allowed for animal use to increase their body mass.

 

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Creatine supplementation in endurance sports. - Abstract - Europe PubMed Central

Abstract: PURPOSE: Creatine is a physiologically active substance indispensable to muscle contraction. The increase in creatine phosphate obtained by...
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Creatine is a supplement that branches off of steroids, which means it is an alternative. Most people condemn creatine because they believe it is a steroid and unfairly increases strength in individuals. Creatine is a natural substance, it has no harmful risks as steroids does. Athletic organizations want to ban this supplement completely because of the high doses consumed by the athletes. They believe it gives an unfair advantage over the other competitors, but there is a quick fix to that problem, regulate how much each athlete can consume the supplement, not banning it completely. For most athletes, they need the supplement to help them rebuild all the muscle they have lost from training. Creatine has no harmful side effect, and only catalyzes the rebuild of muscles. 

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When Food Becomes A Drug: Nonanabolic Nutritional Supplement Use in Athletes

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Most athletes will indulge in excessive amounts of enhancing drugs to improve their game, without realizing the long term complications on their health. Most of the drugs that the athletes consume are not approved by any physician because they do not have any evidence that it will do more good than harm to their body. Whenever a shady supplement actually works for an athlete, physicians will provide care and guidance on how to use the drug without over doing it. Drug enhancements are good, if monitored and taken with caution.    

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Long-term creatine supplementation does not significantly affect clinical markers of health in athletes - Springer

Long-term creatine supplementation does not significantly affect clinical markers of health in athletes - Springer | Muscle Enhancement Drugs, should it be allowed? | Scoop.it
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Studies have shown that short term use of creatine has no significant health risks. Now the question of long term use has arose. Studies were done on 98 D1 football players, they were given high doses of creatine. At the end of the results, it showed that the players were not at risk of liver damage, if they did the high intensity workout. 

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Essentials of Creatine in Sports and Health

Essentials of Creatine in Sports and Health | Muscle Enhancement Drugs, should it be allowed? | Scoop.it
A great deal of misinformation is present in popular culture regarding the effects of creatine supplementation on health and sports performance. For instance, it is not uncommon for various media outlets to claim, in spite of the lack of supporting evidence, that 'supplementing with creatine is harmful to the liver and kidneys and may cause dehydration and cramping.' In reality, creatine is intimately involved in energy metabolism, performance, and training adaptations, and, recently, several studies have uncovered its potential clinical application toward treating various neuromuscular diseases and maintaining brain function. This book unifies the sum of information on how creatine affects body composition, exercise performance, and health. Because the body of data on creatine is ample and constantly growing, a book such as this is a timely and important resource for the clinician, the coach, and the sports scientist.
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Creatine is one of the best and safest supplements to take, but it is getting a bad rep from the folks who are not well educated on it. Creatine has great benefits like rebuilding muscle, gives you that extra boost, helps with muscle strength, and greater productivity. It is not like the other enhancing drugs that can cause health problems. Creatine is a natural supplement, and has only one objective, to build you muscle. It also helps with neuromuscular diseases. There are many great benefits to taking creatine, and not many disadvantages as the other supplement drugs.

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Why we should allow performance enhancing drugs in sport -- Savulescu et al. 38 (6): 666 -- British Journal of Sports Medicine

Why we should allow performance enhancing drugs in sport -- Savulescu et al. 38 (6): 666 -- British Journal of Sports Medicine | Muscle Enhancement Drugs, should it be allowed? | Scoop.it
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Performance enhancing drugs have gotten a bad rep by mostly everyone because of the health risks and unfair advantage it gives to the individual. Most of the enhancing drugs are chemicals that are body makes regularly. The World Anti-Doping Agency wants to clean up sports by completely banning these drugs and administering drug tests to every athlete. However; that will never be achieved because athletes will find other drugs that are untraceable by drug tests. Most athletes argue to let them use the enhancing drugs freely because it will help them increase their strength without using other drugs that could actually harm their health. 

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Use of Ergogenic Aids by Athletes

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Ergogenic aid is enhancing energy utilization, production, control and efficiency. Most athletes use this drug to recover faster in competition. However; athletic organizations want to ban this aid because they deem it as a way of cheating, but it is only used to increase the athletes ability. They also believe their are great health risks, but no report has shown any health problems if used with moderation. The athletic organizations do not realize that banning this aid will cause athletes to use different and far more dangerous enhancing aids to improve their skills. Using the right amount of ergogenic aid will help the athlete rather than harm them, if and only if they use it with moderation and do not overdose on it.

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The Effects of Supraphysiologic Doses of Testosterone on Muscle Size and Strength in Normal Men — NEJM

The Effects of Supraphysiologic Doses of Testosterone on Muscle Size and Strength in Normal Men — NEJM | Muscle Enhancement Drugs, should it be allowed? | Scoop.it
Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — The Effects of Supraphysiologic Doses of Testosterone on Muscle Size and Strength in Normal Men
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In today's society, attaining the ideal body has increased dramatically. For some, getting their body to that peak level is simple because of genetics or just naturally gifted. For the rest who countlessly put in hard work to achieve that body, but do not see the expected results try other strategies. Additionally, this may cause those individuals to go on an extreme diet like, no carb diet, to drop insane amount of weight and to enhance muscularity. This diet is dangerous because for most, their body cannot handle the weight loss, and in the end they end up hurting themselves more than achieving their goal. However; with the advancements in enhancing drugs, those individuals prayers have been answered. Testosterone is the answer. A test was done on four groups of 43 normal sized men. One group had the placebo with exercise and no exercise, then the other group had testosterone with exercise and no exercise. The results yielded an increase in muscle size and strength to the group that was given the testosterone and had to exercise. The other groups either developed more mass or stayed constant. In conclusion, testosterone, combined with exercising will increase muscle size in normal men.

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