Creatine is mostly known as a legal performance enhancing supplement,
I have highlighted six interesting qualities of creatine below. Here goes:
Liver longer / Anti-Aging
So the study backing this was done on mice, and it shouldn't be necessary to say that there is no guarantee that the same effects will be seen
Improves brain performance
I have shared some thoughts on this before, here at muscles.zone. It's not uncommon to see
We all know how this stuff works, as a performance enhancer from a bodybuilding perspective, but how is this thought to be useful from a brain boosting perspective? Well, with the increased production of ATP, this is also extended to the brain which is believed to cause less damage from toxins and other stressors. It allows the metabolic processes in your brain to ensure that cognitive functions operate sufficiently.
Along with improved cognition and a longer life, people have also reported creatine to work as a mood enhancer. There is also a study confirming this quality of creatine, although this was performed on Parkinson's patients, so the link between creatine supplementation and a better mood might in normal healthy individuals
Cure against Posttraumatic stress disorder
So creatine can make us gain more muscle mass faster, make us smarter, improve our mood and maybe make us live longer. These are qualities most people would welcome from a supplement with very limited side-effects. But there is more to it than this. For the people out there suffering from PTSD, creatine supplementation might do you some good. We have seen a couple of studies on this, indicating that creatine supplementation in individuals suffering from PTSD is likely to see a quality of life improvement. If you are suffering from PTSD, why not try to give it a go with some creatine monohydrate. Maybe it
Cure against depressive symptoms
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It´s no secret that antidepressants
Helps with drug rehabilitation
There are no studies on this topic (to my knowledge), but based on people's experience, creatine supplementation might support drug rehabilitation, simple because of the above-listed effects.
Since depression is as much a part of drug addiction as the addiction itself, creatine may speed up the therapy process. The supplement appears to improve mood, memory and cognitive function, and may actually protect the brain from methamphetamine damage, especially in young people.
“For now, we are recruiting methamphetamine-using women who would like to try creatine," Renshaw said. "Our hypothesis: They’ll show improvement in mood and cognitive function, which could make it easier to use less amphetamine."
Michael Desjardins, who works with those undergoing rehab at the Journey Centers, said, “We know methamphetamine causes damage to the neurons of the brain, and we know that when we have damage like that you have a harder time thinking. You have a harder time processing. A substance like creatine, which is natural, is something they could take for a period of time to improve the way they engage in treatment.
"The whole concept is exciting to all of us in the substance abuse treatment community.”
Though Matt hasn’t participated in any creatine studies he said, “It’s pretty amazing if it can do what they say it does."
“Creatine begs that we understand it better than we do,” Renshaw said.
The University of Utah is planning to expand several of its creatine based depression studies since the state’s population here has a high rate of the disorder. According to estimates, the incidence in Utah is about 25 percent higher than the rest of the country.
Now go get yourself a jar of creatine monohydrate. It´s a cheap and safe muscle building supplement, that potentially can make you live a longer and happier life.