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Creatine to Blame for Rodger’s Mass Murder? NO

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There is a ridiculous, biased and pathetic claim that Elliot Rodger, ‘the virgin killer’, became angry and aggressive after supposedly being addicted to creatine. Journalism has a reputation to sensationalize unsupported claims to attract visitors. Supplements already have a bad reputation because of the false claims surrounding them. 

Article about Elliot Rodger’s Use of Creatine: 
Video of Elliot’s Final Video ‘Retribution’ 

Here are the facts about creatine:

  • Creatine is a natural nitrogenous organic acid found in the skeletal muscle of vertebrates. The supposed ‘drug’ occurs naturally in our bodies. In fact 95% of creatine is found within the skeletal muscle. It is produced in the liver and kidneys from amino acids , L-arginine, glycine, and L-methionine.
  • Creatine found in our bodies comes from the foods we eat like red meat.
  • Creatine is stored in the muscle and is used as a form of energy called phosphocreatine. Phosphocreatine is depleted after prolonged muscle use which results in fatigue. By increasing creatine in our body, we help increase phosphocreatine output. This  is known as the ATP-CP energy system.
  • This helps us increase muscular endurance, strength and power.
  • Creatine also draws water within muscle cells, increasing muscle volume and protein synthesis.  This means it increases the efficiency of protein utilization.
  • The natural organic acid is also known to buffer lactic acid build up which results in better physical endurance.

There are absolutely zero studies to support the statement of addiction with creatine. In addition, there are zero long term studies proving any scientific evidence that it results in negative effects on the liver and kidneys.

The media needs to stop being irresponsible as people tend to believe unsupported claims from renowned media.We urge everybody to research and look at scientific evidence before believing any claims thrown out by the media, supplement companies or anybody for that matter.

 

–        The XG Guys

 

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