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What about creatine... ?
« on: 24/11/2007 22:11:14 »
What about it, my son is a teenager trying to beef up? This is one of many the articles we have best found to be of help. :) My Nate has decided to stick to natural exercise good nutrition and follow some guidelines and not use this stuff at this point in his life even though he knows it is not unsafe as far as we know, just really not worth a measly 3% difference.. he is fine just with some increased exercise etc. anyway here is the article, that we have decided to listen too, after much debate.. Nathan is doing well without it!

I know some about it but little so we had to explore a bit .. and this was our conclusion. I am no Doctor but do agree with this!




Creatine and Teenagers
By Marc David | Submitted by public | Nutrition | Unrated
Creatine and Teenagers

Continually in the news people see the questions about creatine and a teenager. Especially in high school sports where in some cases the supplement has been banned. But if you have read the creatine article entitled "Creatine: What is it?" you will certainly know it's not banned because it's an illegal or dangerous supplement.

In fact, the best general article to read when it comes to creatine side effects is The Truth About Creatine Side Effects. You'll certainly understand when you read that creatine article that in general, the side effects of this supplement are minor and usually related to stomach discomfort. This rule applies to "individuals" in general. But I'm getting ahead of myself...

Creatine is not a steroid. Creatine is a naturally occurring substance is generally safe for men, women and teenagers.

Before the teenagers (under 18 crowd) start cheering I'm actually going to state the opposite even though in my own non-medical opinion I feel there's no peer research to show any negative side effects.

Creatine and teenagers just don't mix.

Before I get booed off the stage, please bear in mind that in general (men, women, teens) nutrition and training are 97% of the puzzle and supplements are around 3%. With this in mind, taking or not taking Creatine as a teenager is literally going to make very little different in the scheme of things. Ask yourself a question if you are under 18 before you roll your eyes.

Can you answer the following questions? (True or False)

    * You know how many calories you need a day to reach your goals?
    * You know exactly how much protein you need a day?
    * You always have a plan when you workout?
    * Your workouts are never boring?
    * You've never hit a plateau?
    * You don't miss a meal?
    * You have short, medium and long term goals?

Because 99.99999% of teenagers will answer false to at least one of those questions. Mostly questions 1 and 2.

My point is...

While there's not any scientific research to conclusively prove that Creatine and teenager is harmful whatsoever, it's my belief that while you are under 18 and still growing, there's no reason to take any sports supplements unless you can answer true to all of the above questions and are responsible enough to follow directions per the supplement and be mature enough to quit if you experience any Creatine side effects that you feel are negative.

There's not a whole lot of good reason to take Creatine as a teenager. You'll get far more benefits as an adult when you've had more training experience under your belt and a few more years of solid nutritional fundamentals. The 3% that supplements will make does not outweigh any 'potential' Creatine side effects you may experience at such a young age.

And while it's true that science does not prove taking creatine is in any way negative, it's just a common good practice that individuals who are still growing just focus on a solid nutritional diet and not worry about additional ways to gain a small advantage.
Article Source: Health Guidance
 
Marc David

Marc David writes for http://www.beginning-bodybuilding.com.
« Last Edit: 24/11/2007 22:14:53 by Karen W. »


 

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« Reply #1 on: 24/11/2007 23:02:48 »
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=10992.msg135826#msg135826
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=2245.msg18857#msg18857

It is not a steroid, but it is a drug.  Yes, it is natural, but so is insulin, but you can easily kill someone with a little too much insulin.  I am not saying that it is toxic (although I doubt that anything that can be good for you cannot also do you harm if you consume too much of it), but certainly there is no question that simply saying the body has some of it already does not mean that putting in more will be safe.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 24/11/2007 23:28:37 »
I totally agree George! They gave me a shot of something my body is supposed to produce on its own.. and then they had to give me another shot because the natural stuff sent me into a heart attack! It was more then my body could handle!  With Nathan I am glad that he avoided it he runs everyday and is fit and healthy he is a very tiny built kid like his DAD was. Rob as an older man has filled out some and although he is still small built he has developed very good muscle tone and is very fit. Bicycling all the time and hiking he is very active. He weighed 150, 155 most all his life now he is about 160 and is very healthy!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 25/11/2007 19:40:40 »
HAs any one ever used it here, and if so what did you find helpful or not with it. I find that a three percent difference is not significant enough to warrant using it. It really wouldn't even pay for itself! I think I have seen better results in Nathan with his increased activity instead.  He runs every night after work so at 4:00 in the morning in the dark is when he does his running! He is looking good and really has toned up a lot just being more fit and active!
 

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