Our expert says:
Thank you for the great compliment - I am having a good day with all you dear Readers being so positive about my service. Although creatine was originally viewed with concern that it would cause damage, the more recent approach has been to permit serious athletes to use this substance to 'bulk-up' provided they stick to the prescribed doses and have rest periods in between. Creatine is not really advisable for people who are not top athletes, but I am aware of the fact that it is used very extensively. I am also not sure that the long-term effects would be in say 10 or 20 years down the line, because the use of creatine has only been around for a relatively short time. Probably it would not be harmful years later as creatine does occur naturally in most protein foods, so our bodies can metabolise this compound. I have the 8th Edition of Prof Tim Noake's book 'Lore of Running' which was published in 1991, in which he does not mention creatine, probably because it was not yet being used at that stage. You can contact Prof Tim Noakes at the UCT Sports Centre - phone UCT and ask for the number or to be put through.
Hope you get more info on this interesting subject (you can always let me know what the Prof say, I would appreciate it)
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