Let us explain why creatine is among the most valuable supplements
December 14, 2010
Dr. Jim Stoppani, Ph.D.
You know that creatine is among the most valuable supplements to the hard-working bodybuilder, but what you don't know is just how it works. Let us explain...
(1) The creatine pulls water from the extracellular space into the interior of the muscle cell, causing it to swell like a water balloon. This is the reason you can gain upward of 10 pounds of lean weight in as little as a couple of weeks by taking creatine.
(2) The increase in water content of the muscle cell puts a large strain on the muscle cell membrane.
(3) This strain sends a message to the nuclei of the muscle cell, which then sends out a signal via mRNA to increase muscle protein synthesis, triggering it to build more muscle protein and grow larger for the long haul.