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Week: 602.2  

Guest: Dr. Mark Juhn, sports medicine physician, Univ. of Washington 

Topic: Creatine supplementation 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

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NEMA: Creatine has recently come into it's own as a supplement for athletes geared toward higher performance.... 

JUHN: Creatine is basically an organic compound a made by our liver and kidneys. However it is primarily found inside our muscle tissue. And it exists both as creatine as well as a storage form of creatine and typically our livers make about one gram a day of creatine and we also consume about one gram a day in our diets. Mainly in meats and fish.  

NEMA: Dr. Mark Juhn is a sports physician at the University of Washington, who says that creatine is being used by almost every serious athlete around the world... 

JUHN: Basically the reason why creatine has been touted to be something to enhance performance so to speak or a to enhance strength so to speak is because the storage form of creatine is what helps replenish our ATP which is our energy source. It's been used mainly for people who want to do short bursts of high intensity exercise.  

NEMA: So, those who use creatine most are rowers, weight lifters and cyclists...while endurance athletes might not like the weight gain. We'll talk about Dr. Juhn's concerns about creatine next time. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.