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Week: 604.3

Guest: Richard Kreider, PhD., Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab, University of Memphis

Topic: Parents’ notes on creatine

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Parents, take notes on creatine...coming up...

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NEMA: Creatine is the most widely used muscle and performance enhancing athletic supplement...from pro to high schools sports. Dr. Richard Kreider of the University of Memphis says the supplement works by supplying additional energy to muscles that need to work repetitive, explosive bursts...but parents might want to watch over their high school or young college kids using it....

KREIDER: Take it for five to seven days, fifteen to twenty grams or so per day. We take it with glucose because study shows that enhances creatine uptake in the muscle as well as your carbohydrates stores the muscle. So we usually try to recommend they put it in grape juice or get a supplement sold that has it in glucose. And then after that the muscle is saturated and they really need to take it once every day or every other day. If you want to really put on some muscle mass and size the we have the athletes take up to twenty, twenty five grams per day and take that until they get to where they want to get in their body composition...and then they back off and take maintenance doses thereafter.

NEMA: Dr. Kreider says more than 30 grams of creatine a day is not recommended. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.



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