Creatine: Dangerous substance for athletes and bodybuilders?

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Is creatine a dangerous substance to use during training and bodybuilding among athletes? Shockingly the answer seem to be: No.

Questions have arose among professional athletes after deaths internal organ diseases.

But according to experts, creatine is not the reason. In fact, it is considered to be a safe and natural substance to use, according to Dr Pascale Kippelen, Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Respiratory Physiology at Brunel University, the Independent reports.

Only anecdotal evidence links creatine to adverse side effects, and such cases are connected to pre-existing medical conditions, including  kidney disease, as well as overuse, according to Dr Kippelen.

However, further research is needed to determine the long-term effects of creatine use in humans, including potential links to asthma and the prevelance of the condition in professional athletes.

Creatine is considered suitable for users who are healthy, past puberty and do not exceed the recommended dose. De Kippelen recommends the use of standard (8wk) courses of the supplement only at critical times of the sporting season and in association with heavy resistance training (to maximise muscle mass gain).

Creatine is a naturally occurring acid that supplies the muscles with energy, and is believed to increase lean muscle mass, and help the body recover more quickly after exercise. Its ha become very popular and mainstream among not only professionals, but also amateur bodybuilders in the last years.

According to The Independent, over a third of English professional footballers use creatine, as well as a large number of young boys and men.