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#31 Creatine for Increasing Muscle Strength

What is creatine?

Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid which facilitates the recycling of energy in brain tissues and muscles in the body. Additionally, it increases the volume of muscles via water retention, provides energy to them and increases strength. Creatine synthesis occurs almost exclusively in the liver and kidneys.

Creatine is used to build muscle.
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How to obtain creatine?

Creatine is found in red meats and seafood and therefore can be obtained via diet, however, supplement use is encouraged for those who lack creatine as dietary creatine levels are generally low.

Creatine for muscle disorders associated with neuropathy

Creatine has been used to treat peripheral neuropathy for the following two instances:

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Check on the side effects before taking Creatine or any other supplement.
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Creatine supplements and usage information

There is a variety of different creatine supplements on the market but creatine monohydrate is the most well-studied and is the one generally recommended for this type of use. It is advised that someone taking creatine for peripheral neuropathy takes roughly 2-3grams a day. Creatine supplements can be taken daily for up to 3 years to increase creatine levels enough to improve movement disorders and problems.

Creatine may have side effects that are amplified by your condition. As always, it is recommended to speak with your physician prior to adding any supplements to your diet.

References

  • “Creatine Background.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 1 Nov. 2013, www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/creatine/background/hrb-20059125.

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