In this second edition of the supplementation series we shall address creatine for the tactical athlete. There is a considerable amount of misinformation concerning supplemental creatine and its effects, especially among the tactical community where supplement use is regulated and becoming increasingly scrutinised due to a zero tolerance drug policy.
Creatine is a compound formed from the amino acids arginine, glycine and methionine. It is produced naturally in the body at a rate of 1-2 grams a day, by your liver, kidneys and pancreas. Other methods of maintaining levels derive from foods (predominantly red meat) and the purpose of this article supplementation. Approximately 95% of the body’s creatine is stored in skeletal muscle. Additionally small amounts of creatine are also found in the brain and testes. Creatine found in the skeletal muscle is referred to a phosphocreatine which is involved in the supply of energy for muscular contraction.
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