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Creatine

Discussion in 'Nutrition & Supplements' started by Pete5, May 30, 2006.

  1. Pete5

    Pete5 Active Member

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    I will be entering high school the next coming school year. Some of my friends are taking creatine which I hear has bad affects on the kidneys. I've heard you don't really need creatine at this age and it will make you weaker when you stop taking it. I'm not going to take it just wondering what side affects it will have and if it makes a big difference in building muscle?
     
  2. tennisball

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    Pete- at 14, I don't think you or your friends really need creatine. I don't believe there have been many (or any) studies on its effect on developing adolecents, but I'm sure there aren't really any ill effects. I do think there is a possibility that someone at your age could misuse it.

    Instead, you should probably spend your money on a gym membership, and maybe some high quality protein supplements; however, I think you probably could grow like crazy on just a lot of food rich in protein.




     
  3. Pete5

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    Thanks.
     
  4. 1FastGTX

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    I agree with Tennisball.

    Pete: I wouldn't worry about any supplements. If you really want to use a supplement, a good multivitamin might really be all I'd suggest. MAYBE a protein powder, but only if (for some reason) you cannot get enough food in during the day.

    Eat relatively clean 80-85% of the time, and eat big. Have lots of chicken, beef, tuna, turkey, oatmeal, rice, veggies, fruit, peanut butter, milk, and water. Lift weights. Play sports.

    Good luck. :)
     
  5. Pete5

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    Thanks. I take a multivitamin every day after dinner and drink protein prowder with milk before I go to bed. Since your muscles build at rest I figured the best time to have the protein powder would be before I go to bed. I eat lots of cereal Banana Nut Crunch, that new grape nuts stuff, Great Grains, Kashi, etc. I also eat lots of egg whites, lunch meat, soup, and grilled chicken and I love macaroni. I try to stay around 25% fat for each day.
     
  6. mcfc98

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    What if he was vegetarian?
     
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    What if he was? I'm not sure I understand - what's your question? :)
     
  8. DLiquid

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    I'm guessing he asked that because you listed beef, which contains creatine. A vegetarian gets no creatine from food sources.
     
  9. mcfc98

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    Yeah that's exactly it, sorry should have been clearer.

    It's said that the main source of Creatine in the diet is from meat, but lets say you're a vegetarian (like me). Would you change your stance?
     
  10. krosspyder

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    asked what? im not sure i understand the question either. he did say 'I also eat lots of egg whites, lunch meat, soup, and grilled chicken"

    hardly a vegetarian.

    :)
     
  11. mcfc98

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    See above
     
  12. Andrew

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    What do you mean? He didn't say he was a vegetarian.

    Are you asking for yourself because you're a vegetarian?
     
  13. 1FastGTX

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    No, I wouldn't change my stance on a 14 year old taking creatine, but would recommend that a 14 year old not be a vegetarian in the first place. ;) But that's a totally separate topic (debate) that I don't really care to get into. :D

    For a 28 year old (assuming your profile is correct), creatine is most likely fine whether vegetarian or once-a-day-beef-eater like myself. :)
     
  14. mcfc98

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    Thansk for actually reading the the thread and posting 1FastGTX.
     
  15. Gordo

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    There was a recent roundtable on creatine over at t-nation....

    worth a read if you're unclear as to creatine and what it's about. The article plays both sides of the argument on use,timing, loading etc pretty well (just ignore the usual product placement).

    http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=1085045
     
  16. mcfc98

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    Excellent link, thanks a lot.
     

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