Creatine monohydrate, creatine 2-oxopropanoate, Creatine

Creatine is a natural substance produced by the body that acts as an energy source for cells. Its main function is to help in the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the molecule that provides energy for the cells in our body. Creatine can be found in red meat, fish, and seafood, but it is commonly consumed through dietary supplements for their optimal benefits. Creatine is synthesized in the liver, kidneys and pancreas and then stored in the muscle cells.

  • Origin: animal-product, nonessential, synthetic
  • Source: Meat, Fish, Nonessential, Synthetic
  • Category: Protein
  • Age range: 18-60, >60
  • Toxicity: May be toxic in high doses

What are Creatine benefits?

Creatine is an amino acid that the body produces naturally and that is also found in foods such as meat and fish. Creatine supplements are used to increase energy levels, strength, and muscle mass. Some studies also suggest that creatine can help improve sleep, increase stress tolerance, and decrease anxiety and depression.

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Creatine and Depression

Depression is a chronic and recurrent psychiatric condition that produces mood changes characterized by deep sadness, mood swings, loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.

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