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“CAUTION” Creatine Supplements can cause Kidney Damage

June 9, 2014

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“CAUTION” Creatine Supplements can cause Kidney Damage

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As the name suggests, natural creatine is the one deriving from natural sources. Creatine is formed in the liver, pancreas, and kidneys. One of the prime natural sources of natural creatine is red meat, especially lean meat. It is estimated that every one pound of raw meat contains two grams of creatine. Another great source of natural creatine is fish like tuna, salmon, sashimi, and sushi, which has in it properties such as methionine and Omega 3 fatty acids that aid for creatine synthesis. Likewise, a minimal amount of creatine can be found in milk and cranberries.

As mentioned earlier, when dietary ingestion is not sufficient, the body may synthesize its own creatine from amino acids. On the other hand, synthetic creatine usually appears in the form of supplements, and is available in a variety of forms such as pills, health drink, and nutritious bars. One of the most popular synthetically produced supplements is Creatine Monohydrate.

Understand your body will only use what it needs, if you are eating a good diet with creatine and taking creatine supplements you maybe over loading your body with creatine that is when you will develop kidney problems over time, and be sides the body does not recognize synthetic supplements as being good, this is a real issue.

I will share two real case stories on the side affects of synthetic creatine. The human body is not stupid it knows natural creatine from synthetic creatine, one major side affect when using to much synthetic creatine is dehydration, long period of dehydration can cause a heart attack.

Creatine, a nonessential molecule that occurs naturally in the body, is known widely for its use as a sports supplement, particularly by bodybuilders and competitive athletes. While creatine supplements may be able to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance, there are also potential risks associated with the performance-boosting supplement. High doses of creatine can cause a number of common side effects and may pose a risk to the kidneys.

According to University of Maryland Medical Center, creatine supplements are generally safe, but they can pose a risk when consumed in excessive doses. In addition, the body may stop producing its own creatine as a way to regain homeostasis when high amounts of supplemental creatine are taken regularly.

Report Serious Side Affects of High Doses

The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that serious potential side effects, most notably kidney damage, may be associated with high doses of creatine. A report published on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website confirms this. It states that most of the accusations against creatine, with regard to its health effects, concern renal or kidney function. The FDA report includes a case in which creatine supplementation was linked to an athlete who died of renal disease. The report also describes another patient with renal disease, who was taking creatine but saw health problems recede after no longer taking creatine. The report notes, however, that extensive research on the effects of creatine on renal function has shown no adverse reactions.

The more common side effects that can occur with creatine use are also related to higher doses. According to Dr. Ray Sahelian, nausea, loose stools, cramping, upset stomach, weight gain, diarrhea and weakness usually occur when more than 5 grams of creatine are used per day. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that side effects of creatine can also include dizziness, high blood pressure, liver dysfunction and kidney damage. Most research has found that creatine causes no major side effects when used for as long as six months at a time.

More is not better, most young athletes take to much creatine supplements thinking the more they take the stronger and bigger they get, they may feel OK now but over time is when you will damage your kidney, take it from me I did just that here is my story.

When I first starting weight lifting I started as a power lifter, using supplements was a common practice back then and creatine was one of the main supplements. After a few years of power lifting I then moved into bodybuilding still using creatine regularly. A few years into bodybuilding is when I started to have health issues one of them was kidney issues. I developed kidney stones, when they checked my kidney I had massive amounts of cysts all over my kidneys. That is when I got off all of my supplements including creatine, after a few years of being off creatine and all other supplements my kidneys were cysts free, that is when I learn that one of the side affects from creatine over dose was kidney issues.

Just recently I started to work with a new client, his kidneys were failing and the medication he was taking was not working, how they found out that his kidney had an issue was by doing a blood test, his blood test should high levels of creatine.

The first thing I did was change the type of water he was drinking using restructured alkaline water (kangen water) to help hydrate his organs and flush out the kidneys. His creatine level started to drop and his kidney numbers are also dropping. The root of the problem was his kidneys were very acidic we needed to flush out the acid in his kidneys by giving him kangen water this water is a tool to help the body heal itself.

Why are teen-aged athletes taking creatine? They were told by their friends it builds muscle and you get stronger, in a sense that is true, but it needs to be the right amount, your body will make the creatine it needs with the proper diet.

Recovery time between training sessions is the key to building muscle and increasing your strength, every fitness coach every trainer knows this. In addition, we know how important hydration is for recovery and how important antioxidants are for healing.

The problem is we have been hydrating ourselves with the wrong fluids, bottle water, tap water, all sports drinks do not hydrate you they will dehydrate you, they are very acidic for the body and have no natural minerals.

The key to building muscle and strength is how fast you can get back to training and how fast you can flush out the metabolic acid your body produces when training hard, kangen water does all those thing and for every glass of kangen water you drink you are drinking millions of antioxidants.

This is why at 62 I can lift the amount of weights I have been lifting.. I take no supplements, except vegetable protein powder. Very little meat mainly vegetable protein, I drink 1.5 gal of kangen water per day.

The proof is in the pudding look at the amount of weight I am doing, no creatine very little meat for protein mainly vegetable protein.

Fresh fruits and vegetables and a good workout routine.

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Bill & Emily Mabry
Certified Molecular Hydration Specialist


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