All About Medisys -Creatine Monohydrate
Creatine is a naturally occurring substance found in muscle tissue.
Right now you have creatine, specifically creatine phosphate, in your body. All vertebrate animals do.
Think of creatine as an energy reserve your body taps into when it needs a boost. Or like an extra energy tank in Metroid or Mega Man.
Our bodies naturally produce creatine in our liver, pancreas, and kidneys.
We also obtain it from certain foods, because all vertebrate animals contain creatine in their muscles.
So if you eat meat, you are getting extra creatine in your diet. Red meat in particular (beef, lamb, bison), has the highest levels of dietary creatine.
What Does Creatine Do?
Depending on how you are exercising, your body will replenish through one of three ways:
- Less than 10 seconds, for exercises like short sprints or heavy lifting,replenished with creatine phosphate stored in muscle tissue.
- 30 seconds to 2 minutes, for activities like swimming a few laps, ATP is replenished with glycogen found in your muscles.
- Greater than 2 minutes, ATP is replenished with oxygen and glucose. You can think of endurance activities for this stage.
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