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October 1999 Issue

Creatine Use by Athletes Overshadows Potential to Aid Muscular Disorders

Q. I've heard creatine can boost sports performance. And now I hear it may benefit people with neuromuscular diseases. Is there truth to either? A. A qualified yes to both. Creatine monohydrate is certainly one of the hottest ergogenic (sports-enhancing) supplements of the decade. Many athletes swear by it and a stack of studies gives it some credence, both on and off the playing field. Creatine is an amino acid made

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