What Is The Purpose Of Adenosine Triphosphate?
You down with ATP (yeah, you know me)....you better be because without it you DIE!
- ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate and you can think of it as the body’s energy currency.
- Everything you do from breathing, to exercise, to wiping your butt requires ATP.
- Because exercise requires a constant supply of ATP to provide energy for contractions, metabolic pathways must exist in the cell with the capability to produce ATP rapidly.
- The 3 metabolic pathways that do this are the ATP-PC system, glycolysis, and oxidative phosphorylation.
- These metabolic pathways either breakdown phosphocreatine, glucose/glycogen, and/or fats to replenish ATP.
- Are there any supplements that help with ATP reformation? You bet your sweet bippy there is.
- Creatine monohydrate, when supplemented and stored in the muscle, donates a phosphate group to ADP (broken down ATP) to rapidly reform ATP.
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About The Author Matt Mosman - Spearfish, South Dakota
Matt Mosman (MS, CISSN, CSCS) is a research scientist, endurance athlete, and the founder and Chief Endurance Officer at EndurElite. Matt holds his B.S. in Exercise Science from Creighton University and his M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of California. Matt and his family reside in Spearfish South Dakota where they enjoy running, mountain biking, camping, and all the outdoor adventures Spearfish has to offer.