SportsControl® Creatine Tabs

Creatine Tabs

- Creatine Monohydrate
- 1 gram of 100% CreaPure
- Muscle enhancing
- Stimulates muscle synthesis

Creatine monohydrate, Microcrystalline cellulose, Silicon dioxide, Mg stearate, Talc, HPMC, Lactose, Glycerine, Titanium dioxide, Iron oxide, Sunset Yellow.
Contains sugar.

The increase in creatine content in the muscles involves an improvement in physical performance capacity, especially during short intensive exercises, and more in particular when these are performed according to an interval pattern, such as is the case with interval sprint training. Moreover, it has clearly been shown that creatine intake during a period of intensive power training can enhance the effects of such training on muscular strength and muscle mass. Creatine intake does not have any positive effects on aerobic endurance. Oral intake of creatine is mainly applied within the context of performances in which muscular strength, speed and explosiveness are involved, rather than in endurance sports.

The effects of creatine on muscle mass and muscular strength during power training also apply in the field of rehabilitation of sports injuries. It has been proven that creatine intake facilitates recovery of muscle mass and muscular strength following immobilisation atrophy. Consequently, ingestion of Crea Tabs may produce a positive effect on the quick development of the revalidation process after a period of inactivity or immobilisation due to a sports injury.

Responders and non-responders
Owing to the fact that the effect of creatine supplementation on muscle creatine concentration varies significantly between individuals, and that there are clearly 'responders' and 'non-responders', the impact of Creatine Tabs on performance capacity should always be individually assessed and in function of the specific sports discipline. Indeed, creatine intake often results in a significant increase in body weight as a consequence of fluid accumulation in the muscles. In some sports, this may even have a negative effect on performances. For that same reason, some sportsmen experience an increase in muscular tension and thus a decrease in flexibility as a result of creatine intake.

Instructions for use:
3 to 5 tablets per day, take the tablets simultaneously.

Creatine is taken in a dose of 3 to 5 grams per day (= 3 to 5 tablets of Creatine Tabs per day). The tablets should be taken at the same time in order to cause a rapid increase in creatine concentration in the blood. In view of a better absorption into the muscles, it is also preferably to take the tablets immediately after training and/or in combination with the ingestion of carbohydrates through normal food or sports drink. Creatine is taken on a daily base for a period of 8 to 10 weeks, whereupon intake is interrupted for at least 5 weeks prior to starting a new 'loading phase'. Scientific studies indeed suggest that the beneficial effects of creatine intake disappear in case the periods of intake last longer than 10 weeks. Consequently, a 'wash-out' period of 5 weeks appears to be necessary so that creatine concentration in the muscles can return to its normal value, before starting a new 'loading phase'. Acute creatine intake does not have any beneficial effects.

Biochemical properties:
Creatine is a natural substance derived from guanidine and is endogenously synthesized from the amino acids arginine, glycine and methionine. Creatine is found in very high concentrations in the muscles, principally in phosphorylated form, i.e. as phosphocreatine. Phosphocreatine is an important source of energy in the muscles, as well as a local regulator of energy metabolism. About 2 grams of creatine stored in the muscles are daily degraded in the body into creatinine, which is excreted in the urine. Under normal conditions, this amount of creatine is replenished by endogenous creatine synthesis through successive stages in liver, pancreas and kidneys. Moreover, a considerable amount of creatine is absorbed from normal food: meat and fish contain 3 to 7 grams of creatine per kg. Due to a lack of creatine intake through food, vegetarians thus have lower creatine concentrations in the muscles than the average population. Synthetic creatine monohydrate is produced from cyanamide and sarcosine. The synthetic creatine used in Creatine Tabs is creatine monohydrate in the form of 100% CreaPure and meets the most stringent quality requirements.

Physiological functions:
Oral intake of creatine increases the concentration of creatine, both free creatine and phosphocreatine, in the muscles. However, response varies significantly from individual to individual. People with a low concentration of natural creatine in the muscles, such as vegetarians, show a sharper increase in creatine content in the muscles after oral creatine supplementation than those with a high concentration of natural creatine. Intake of creatine can enhance the rate of ATP conversion and phosphocreatine resynthesis in the muscles, as well as accelerate muscle relaxation after contraction through an increase in creatine concentration in the muscle fibres. Moreover, creatine intake has been proven to stimulate a number of intracellular signal mechanisms that are important for protein synthesis in the muscle cells as well as to activate satellite cells, which play an important role in the regeneration of muscular tissue.

Possible side effects:
The physiological effects of creatine intake in the above-mentioned dose (3 to 5 grams per day) have been thoroughly examined among men and women from various age categories. Research shows that an intake of 3 to 5 grams of creatine per day does not have any harmful effects on health, including kidney function, among individuals with healthy kidney function. In rare cases, trained athletes showed an abnormal increase in intramuscular pressure which developed into compartment syndrome. When these athletes stopped taking creatine they demonstrated a reversal of symptoms. The most common 'side effect' of creatine intake is an increase in body weight of 1 to 2 kg on average. Some people, however, show a marked increase of >5kg. This effect should actually be taken into account in sports where weight plays a key role in performances, and certainly in sports with weight categories.
Contra-indications - Despite the fact that research has proven creatine intake in the prescribed dose to be safe, it is not recommended for pregnant women and children for safety reasons. Creatine supplementation is strongly advised against for people with abnormal kidney or liver function.

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