Creatine has a long history and proven track record of being used to enhance athletic performance. What is often overlooked though are the myriad benefits for your brain.
In the last few years though, people are starting to understand and explore the nootropic and neuroprotective benefits of creatine as well.
Let's take a look at a few of these brain benefits of creatine and why you should consider supplementation as part of a good daily regimen.
Creatine May Help With Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by a steep decline in the neurotransmitter dopamine.
In one rodent study, oral supplementation with creatine was shown to reduce this drop off in dopamine by up to 90%.
Additionally, for patients who already have the disease, combining weight training with creatine supplementation improved strength and daily function as opposed to training alone.
Creatine May Fight Several Other Neurological Diseases
Other research has been done that shows Parkinson's is not the only neurological disease creatine may help fight. The list includes:
The promising research in rodent models has many scientists excited for more research.
My feeling on it is that while I am excited for that additional research in the future, creatine is a low-cost supplement with so few side effects that it doesn't make sense to start hedging now.
Creatine Helps To Improve Overall Brain Function
Creatine supplementation can help to improve overall brain function.
This is the most exciting benefit to me. The human brain requires ATP to perform high-level functions and cognitively challenging tasks. Oral supplementation has been shown to increase the levels of phophocreatine in the brain, which is in turn used to create more ATP.
Additionally, creatine aids in mitochondria function, which is the key to healthy, well functioning cells.
Finally, one study found that older individuals who supplemented with creatine for just two weeks significantly improved memory and recall ability.
Low Cost - High Reward
Creatine just packs a huge punch for the cost. It's the most highly researched supplement in history, the side effects are minimal to non-existent, and the laundry list of benefits keeps growing.
We formulated our Performance Creatine with this in mind, and couldn't be prouder of our results.