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** Creatine: Myths and facts **

By Karen Springen

Published October 14, 2012
Men's Health

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Even if you’re not a weight lifter, you’ve undoubtedly heard of
creatine, one of the most researched supplements in history.

It’s a combination of amino acids produced by the liver, kidney, and
pancreas. Creatine is not a steroid—it’s naturally found in
muscle and in red meat and fish, though at far lower levels than in the
powder form sold on bodybuilding websites and at your local GNC.

/How does it work?/ 
Creatine reduces fatigue by transporting extra energy into your cells, says
Dr. Ari Levy, who works with patients at the Program for Personalized
Health and Prevention at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, is the compound your body uses for energy.
For a muscle to contract, it breaks off a phosphate molecule from ATP. As a
result, ATP becomes ADP (adenosine


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