Creatine and β-alanine supplementation in strength/power athletes

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Creatine and β-alanine are two of the most popular sport supplements used by strength/power athletes today. The popularity of creatine has resulted in more than 600 studies examining the physiology, efficacy and safety of its use among various athletic populations. Recently, β-alanine has become as popular a supplement for the anaerobic athlete due to its unique ability to enhance muscle buffering capacity. This review will examine the studies that have been conducted on the efficacy of these supplements. In addition, the physiology that underlies the mechanisms of action behind these supplements will be described and provide an understanding to the potential ergogenic benefits that they hold for strength and power athletes. Finally, discussion will also examine the potential adverse effects associated with each supplement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-31
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Topics in Nutraceutical Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Body mass changes
  • Creatine side effects
  • Physiology
  • Skeletal muscle adaptation


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