The Benefits Of Creatine
Below is an article from Will Brink, author of the ebook Muscle Building Nutrition that talks about the benefits of creatine. It's called "Creatine: Not just a sports nutrition supplement".
Readers of the March 2003 issue of Life Extension magazine should recall the long list of potential medical, performance and anti-aging effects and benefits of creatine.
The article outlined the substantial body of research that found creatine may help with diseases effecting the neuro muscular system, such as muscular dystrophy and may have therapeutic applications in aging populations, wasting syndromes, muscle atrophy, fatigue, myopathies, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and other mitochondrial cytopathies.
In this article, we examine some additional benefits of creatine, such as its effects on growth hormone release, homocysteine and chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as other important issues surrounding this supplement, such as its safety.
Although data is limited, some research suggests creatine can raise growth hormone equal to that of intense exercise. Growth hormone (GH) is known to play an essential role in the regulation of body fat levels, immunity, muscle mass, wound healing, bone mass and literally thousands of other functions both known and yet unknown.
It is well established that GH levels steadily decline as we age and is partially responsible for the steady loss of muscle mass, loss of skin elasticity, immune dysfunction and many other physical changes that take place in the aging human body. Therefore, the possible benefits of creatine on GH is worth exploring in aging populations.
One study found creatine
could mimic the increased GH levels seen after intense exercise.
For the majority of subjects the maximum GH concentration occurred between two and six hours after ingesting the creatine.
The researchers concluded "In resting conditions and at high dosages creatine enhances GH secretion, mimicking the response of strong exercise which also stimulates GH secretion."
These researchers felt that the effects of creatine on GH could be viewed as one of creatine's anabolic properties with the lean mass and strength increases observed after creatine supplementation.
has a substantial body of research showing it is an effective, safe and worthwhile supplement in a wide range of pathologies and may be the next big find in anti-aging nutrients.
Although the dose used in the studies was quite high, recent studies suggest lower doses are just as effective for increasing the overall creatine phosphate pool in the body. The dose of 2 to 3 grams per day appears adequate for healthy people to increase their tissue levels of creatine phosphate.
People with the pathologies mentioned in this article may benefit from higher intakes in the 5 to 10 gram per day range.
People interested in more information regarding the benefits of creatine, in particular the use of creatine and other supplements for athletes, should consider referring to Will's ebook Muscle Building Nutrition for additional information.
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