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What is creatine?

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Creatine is a natural substance that turns into creatine phosphate in the body. Creatine phosphate helps make a substance called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP provides the energy for muscle contractions.

Your body produces some of the creatine it uses. It also comes from protein-rich foods like meat or fish.

SOURCES:

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Creatine."

Holland-Hall, C. Pediatric Clinics of North America, August 2007.

Lattavo, A. Pediatric Clinics of North America, August 2007.

Laos, C. Adolescent Medicine Clinics. October 2006.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on December 12, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Creatine."

Holland-Hall, C. Pediatric Clinics of North America, August 2007.

Lattavo, A. Pediatric Clinics of North America, August 2007.

Laos, C. Adolescent Medicine Clinics. October 2006.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on December 12, 2018

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