Proposal: It seems counterintuitive that creatine is a supplement people intake every day yet question its use in young athletes as a supplement today. From Heart Disease to Kidney damage, creatine seems to be a highly controversial subject. This is caused by a misinformation about the supplement, and creatine has more benefits than flaws. That being said, if the flaws are proven to be more common and detrimental, maybe we should not be using it as a supplements for athletic enhancement. Creatine is a naturally-occuring amino acid in meat and fish. It helps inhibit muscle growth through water retainment and overall muscular endurance. However, people have encountered some side effects on their trek to athletic sucess. There have been some reports of fatigue, dizziness, and even pattern baldness at a young age. Are these risks really worth the reward? Supplement companies have been making big bucks of creatine and other supplements, so you can’t get a trustworthy answer out of them. Scientists have researched creatine and certain studies have indeed linked creatine in large doses to some of these effects. The better option is to discuss what causes these effects, and if they are prevalent enough to consider as the bad wrap for creatine.
essential content of this article: Gives the reader an overall background of what the supplement is and in what doses it should be taken. Also informs the reader on many effects good or bad the supplement may have on one’s health. It even has an informative sort of FAQ on what is commonly asked about creatine, and provides answers to many questions people may have.
What it proves: Proves that creatine in numerous studies increases power output generated by the muscles and adds on body weight. It also has some leading causes to depression and fatigue, possibly revealing that this supplement could have some negative effects. This provides all the pros and cons of creatine taken as a supplement.
essential content of this article: Discusses that by using creatine you will most prominently notice weight gain. Creatine puts on a lot of water weight right of the bat. Studies show that muscle fibers will grow when supplementing creatine, only if the energy is used(going to gym, playing sports,etc). Also explains the effects of creatine on your kidneys.
What it proves: Creatine is definitely an effective muscle building supplement. Whether or not it is safe is up for debate, but studies seem to lean towards the safer side of things. This article does reveal that there are anecdotal lreports of kidney and liver damage with use of this supplement.
essential content of this article: Scientifically gives the definition of creatine and reveals its a naturally-occuring amino acid found in meat. Reveals the effects of uses in certain age groups, and is not verified for kids younger than 19 years of age. There are also reports of high blood pressure under the precautions of use.
What it proves: The article showed the reader that there are minor links to heart disease, but none significant enough. Some studies even found that creatine had some anticancer properties, but not enough studies were done to prove this. It also revealed that the reader naturally gets creatine in each day if they eat meat or fish.
essential content of this article: Discusses the misconceptions amongst people who know little about the supplement and just express their own concerns. Reviews what is necessary for athletes to optimally use the supplement. Expresses the opinions of one individual, an director of athletic performance at Quest 10, a gym in San Diego, CA.
What it proves: This article gives an insider into what the people who strongly oppose creatine or are not sure if its safe reasons are. It explores also the fact that creatine can cause dehydration, however the solution to this would be to drink more water. It also directly proves that athletes can take the supplement as long as they get proper sleep, nutrition and training.
essential content of this article: Explains that creatine is excellent for athletes and young adults. Professional sports will continue to not ban creatine as there isn’t any evidence of it being harmful. Also provides insight on how it can be helpful to people with certain disabilities/ health problems.
What it proves: Reveals that some professional sports arent banning creatine due to the fact that no medical evidence has fully concluded that it is harmful. It proves that it can also be helpful to take for people with medical creatine defficiencies.
essential content of this article: A solid study taking rugby players and giving them creatine over three weeks. The athletes are studied, some given 25g/creatine and 25/g glucose and others given 50g/ glucose placebo. Androgens were measured to determine any increases in Serum T and DHT levels.
What it proves: Reveals that while taking creatine, the athletes had a 56% increase in DHT levels while loading creatine, and a 40% increase when during maintenance. This can be helpful to present a rebuttal to my current research, and is a solid study.
essential content of this article: The goal of this study was to find all the side effects surrounding creatine. The study analyzed the psychological effects of creatine on the body, and then concluded the data.
What it proves: Reveals the relevant side effects while taking creatine, and debunks the myths spread. It provides solid evidence for a couple of my arguments and provides several risks and benefits I couldn’t find in other studies.