Aas Increase Phosphocreatine Synthesis

Those who have used creatine products such as creatine monohydrate or creatine phosphate realize the effects that more creatine can provide. When anabolic/androgenic steroids (AAS) are administered they cause an increase in Phosphocreatine (CP) synthesis. Let me explain why this creatine stuff is such a cool thing.

ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is the fuel that your muscles use to actuate contractions. For this to happen ATP must be changed into ADP (Adenosine Diphosphate) so that energy can be released. This in turn allows for muscular contractions. In order to convert ADP back into the energy source ATP phospcreatine (CP) is needed. So the more CP that is available, the greater the regeneration of ADP to ATP and the greater the work capacity of the muscle at an accelerated rate. There was once a belief that elevated cellular CP levels added strength but not size. Obviously this belief was crushed when creatine products hit the supplement market. Increased CP levels also increase cellular glycogen and protein stores (amino acids) in muscle tissue. This action of course AAS do quite well and so do creatine products. So CP also increases cellular size, due to an increase in intercellular nutrient volume.

*Phosphocreatine is the endogenously produced form of creatine, and is often referred to as creatine phosphate or CP.

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