The Chemistry of Creatine

Introduction

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            Creatine is a naturally occurring substance produced in the pancreas, and liver. It is also produced in bigger quantities by the scientists who study and produce it. Its main point is to bring the bodies main water source straight to the muscles. There are many amino acids in the production of creatine. When taking creatine it is suggested to drink large amounts of water, because without this source of water it can dehydrate you, and it could possibly shut down your liver. Scientists say to drink over 80 ounces of water per day, when taking creatine.

    I chose to do creatine, because, it is a great way to gain muscle, and get bigger, and maybe receive a college scholarship. Creatine is also great because it is legal, and not a steroid.

   Creatine has been in my life for about 1 year, and has increased my muscle gain by a lot. As a sophomore, i weighed about 135 pounds. By my junior year creatine, in low doses, has increased my mass by Almost 30 pounds. I weigh 160 as a junior.
Composition of ...
The composition of Creatine, is really not that complex. It is a nitrogenous organic acid. With the mixture of sarcosine, or table salt, cyanamide, and water, boom, you have Creatine. These are the acids in which scientists make their creatine. Now there are a lot more expensive creatines, with more amino acids, and chemicals, that will have more effects on the human body. Other chemicals naturally produced are glycine, arginine, and methionine.

Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components

Sarcosine, and cyanamide are the two main components in creatine.

  • C3H7NO2 is sarcosine - Sarcosine is a byproduct of glycine synthesis.

  • CH2N2 is cyanamide.- cyanamide is a white solid made in agriculture, and organic compounds.

Chemistry's Role

Chemistry has a lot to do in the making of creatine. Sarcosine c3h7no2 combines with h2o and Cyanamide, ch2n2 to ,make to form of creatine monohydrate. Without H20 it would not be possible to consume, and may be lethal to humans.

Background Research

It is made by scientists in labs all over, it is an expensive product, but has very great results when taking it. Creatine also is made in small amounts in the pancreas, liver, and kidney. Its main purpose is to give water to the muscles so they can achieve longer and harder workouts. This in the end will have you putting on muscle mass, and achieving higher lifting goals.

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About the Author

Wyatt Summers is an 11th grader at Billings Senior High School. He plays baseball for the Billings Royals, and varsity football for the Broncs. He hopes to attend Wyoming University, after graduating, and have a major in Engineering.

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