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If you live anywhere in our sun-filled Golden State then you’ve heard, been around, or are involved with the fitness and bodybuilding lifestyle. Some say that lifting weights and exercising is an obsession laced with a heavy dose of vanity. Reality dictates quite the contrary. One thing is for certain. If you are serious about your athletic performance, stamina, strength, and gaining muscle, there is one supplement on the market that you should consider adding to your regime, and that’s creatine. Creatine helps maintain a continuous energy supply to muscles during exercise, helps increase muscle growth, and speeds up recovery.

Before we explore the other and less-known benefits and studies of creatine, let us take a moment to discuss why supplementation is so vitally important in our day and age.

The human body, designed by God, is the most intricately constructed “machine” on earth. No man has, or will ever be able to duplicate its superior makeup, despite efforts. Sure, we witness mankind’s attempt to recreate the human body. From a car engine, to a computer control panel, to A.I. But one thing these corruptible human designs cannot do is want to be better, and heal themselves.


We each have an in-built mechanism that wants us to live in perfect health. We’re hardwired that way. The tragedy is that many modern foods, and modern lifestyles are constantly pulling our bodies away from optimal health and plunging them deeper into pain, depression, and living a less-than-optimal life. Due to this food and lifestyle pandemic, we are often in short supply of vitamins, nutrients, and “other” supplements that our bodies require to be and remain fit and healthy.

“If you add the wrong fuel to your car, it won’t drive. If you add the right, and quality fuel … the match is struck, and you’re off to the races.”

CLARK’S NUTRITION & NATURAL FOODS MARKET has been at the forefront of the health and wellness industry in Southern California for over 50 years. The family-owned and operated company has prized itself on not only being able to offer truly organic produce thanks to their reverse osmosis machines, but also for its exclusive ability to educate and guide customers nutritional and supplementation inquiries with their highly-trained and highly-educated “Nutritional Consultants”.

As we lunge into the summer months, many want to lose winter weight and get healthy in preparation for some sun-soaked fun, and when you’re thinking about accomplishing this “naturally” there is no better and safer supplement to consider than creatine.

Creatine is the most extensively researched dietary supplements on the market. In well over 1000 studies, and billions of doses used from infants to the elderly, all have consistently shown that creatine has no adverse health effects, and has potential health benefits for its users.

How does creatine help you build muscle which in turn helps you burn fat?

Creatine up-regulates MHC-M-RNA (sends a message to the RNA in cells equals production of protein synthesis in muscles). More protein synthesis equals more muscle built.

Can young athletes in-training use creatine?

If proper precautions and supervision are provided by a doctor and parents, creatine-monohydrate supplementation in adolescent athletes can be acceptable and provide a nutritional alternative to potentially dangerous anabolic/androgenic drugs. However, it is highly recommended that creatine supplementation only be considered for use in adolescent athletes who: a) are involved in serious / competitive supervised training: b) are consuming a well-balanced diet and performance enhancing diet, c) have knowledge about appropriate use of creatine, and d) do not exceed recommended dosages as suggested by a doctor.

What are the side effects?

Some may experience gastrointestinal upset when taking creatine. To help minimize the potential of this happening, take creatine with food.

What are the other benefits of creatine?

In addition to creatine’s ability to enhance athletic and exercise performance, research has shown that creatine supplementation may enhance post-exercise recovery, injury prevention, thermoregulation, rehabilitation, and concussion and/or spinal cord neuroprotection. Additionally, creatine has been studied for various neuromuscular diseases, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease, aging brain, spinal disorders, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, aging brain, heart ischemia, adolescent depression and pregnancy.

For further information, or to purchase your very own high-quality creatine supplement and more visit Clark’s Nutrition & Natural Foods Market in Rancho Mirage: 34175 Monterey Avenue, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, or call (760) 324-4626. If you have any questions regarding creatine, Nutritional Consultants are available during store hours of operation seven days per week inside the store.

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