Creatine Provides Energy for Proper Brain Functioning
One of creatine’s best understood ergogenic benefits is that it delays the onset of muscle fatigue. Intriguingly, it now appears that creatine supplementation may also combat mental fatigue. One recent study demonstrated that experimental subjects administered creatine exhibited improved short-term memory and were also better able to problem solve under pressure of time (1). Specifically, the creatine group was better able to repeat back long sequences of numbers from memory. In fact, supplemented individuals also exhibited overall higher IQ (Intelligence Quotient) scores.
Quoting directly from the manuscript:
“Supplementation with creatine significantly increased intelligence compared with placebo.”
Who knows, in the future taking a swig of creatine before a big exam may be an accepted practice among university students.
Cited Scientific Reference:
1. Rae C. et al. (2003) Oral creatine monohydrate supplementation improves cognitive performance; a placebo-controlled, double-blind cross-over trial. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London - Biological Sciences, Volume 270 (1529), pages 2147-2150.
View a recent newsletter issue that specifically discusses this scientific study examining the effects of creatine supplementation over certain aspects of human intelligence.
Creatine Supplementation Promotes Brain Health by Reducing Serum Homocysteine Levels
Another avenue via which creatine supplementation may improve cognitive function is by reducing serum homocysteine levels. This aspect of creatine supplementation will be of special importance to the elderly and will be accentuated when combined with folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Read how creatine may help protect against age-related senescence and dementia.
Finally, Ginkgo biloba is another worthwhile nutritional supplement that maintains good brain health in advanced age.
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