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Creatine – It’s Safe and It Works

Creatine – It’s Safe and It Works

by March 30, 2015 0 comments

Frances Food Safety Agency report that states “creatine constitutes a carcinogenic risk” is “purely hypothetical at best and flat out wrong at worst” claims Dr. Phillip W. Harvey, PhD., R.D., F.A.C.N., director of science and quality assurance, National Nutritional Foods Association.  “Next to carbohydrates, creatine monohydrate is the most extensively studied energy-producing nutrient,” states Dr. Zoltan Rona, MD., MSc.  Numerous recent studies have shown creatine not only to be safe and effective if used as suggested, but it has demonstrated a great deal of promise in the therapeutic treatments for:

  • Primary and secondary liver cancer
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Heart failure
  • Brain damage due to concussions
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction

The report issued by the French agency wasn’t based on any new study they conducted but rather speculation and possibly poor interpretation of existing research. Ironically past studies that have looked at creatine and cancer have found it to possess an anti-carcinogenic effect, and can actually reduce tumor size, although much more research is needed in this area to determine its role, if any, in cancer.

The second claim made by the article that “creatine was of little benefit to athletes…” is also a fallacy. Over fifty studies have shown that creatine supplementation does in fact improve athletic performance by:

  • Improving power
  • Increasing Muscle mass
  • Increasing Strength
  • Reducing ammonia levels in the blood
  • Reducing lactic acid build-up

The article also makes the false statement that “creatine is an amino acid”. Creatine is not a single amino acid but rather is produced from the three amino acids methionine, arginine, glycine, and is an essential and naturally occurring nutrient found in the body.

For those individuals wanting to review the scientific literature on creatine they should use Medline (a database of medical articles that have been published in journals). Medline can be found on the web at www.pubmed.com .

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