Creatine Science Fair

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Creatine and its effects on the human body My science fair project is about how creatine is used nutritiously for the human body and the effects it has on the body. I studied creatine and the effect it had on the body very thoroughly. You’re probably wondering what creatine is? And why do people use creatine? Well to begin with, creatine is an amino acid that is used to store energy for muscular contraction. (Creatine monohydrate is the liquid form of creatine.) Creatine is mainly taken by athletes and body builders. Creatine is used to improve athletic performance and enlarge muscle mass. When creatine is consumed it travels through out the body to the muscles. Creatine attracts water to the muscles which causes the muscles to get leaner. Not only is creatine used by athletes and body builders to strengthens the muscles it is used by patients with medical diseases in hospitals. Creatine has been treated as it has been suggested as a complementary treatment for conditions in which muscle weakness occurs, such as muscular dystrophy, congestive heart failure, Huntington's disease, McArdle's disease (also called glycogen storage disease type V), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, Parkinson's disease and after injury or surgery according to about.com. Possible side effects that creatine monohydrate has on the human body after consuming the liquid is stomach cramps, muscle cramps, weight gain, loss of appetite diarrhea and nausea. Creatine can also cause water to travel to other areas of the body into muscle tissue which can cause dehydration or cramps in the body. Drinking a larger amount of water would be helpful to prevent dehydration and body cramps. Consuming too much creatine is harmful towards the human body. It can damage the kidneys, liver and the heart. If you have liver disease or kidney disease you

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