Creatine is a supplement mainly taken in the fitness world for its performance benefits, but are there other benefits???
Well, it turns out that there are cognitive benefits too!Meaning that the brain can get a boost from Creatine supplementation in addition to your muscles! #BrainGainz
Research articles* have shown that Creatine supplementation can boost:
• Working memory
How Does it Work?
Similar to how Creatine helps to delay fatigue in muscles, it looks as though it is doing the same in the brain too. Simply put, ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is the body’s ‘currency’ for energy. When a phosphate (one of the three from the ‘triphosphate’) is liberated, energy is released…turning ATP into ADP (Adenosine Diphosphate) however that phosphate then needs to be replenished. This is where Creatine comes in - it provides more phosphates to restore that ADP…into ATP once again, which can then be broken down to ADP - releasing more energy. So it makes sense that if the body has a better supply of energy, we can do whatever mental task we are doing for longer or at a higher level.
Which Creatine is Best?
When it comes to Creatine, Creatine Monohydrate is the tried and true version. Plus, it’s the cheapest which is a bonus and doesn’t taste too funky compared to some of the other versions out there (I’ve tried them, not nice!) - it's fairly tasteless and you can just add it to a drink and consume each day…simple. 5g p/day is ample for most people (and also the amount used by the referenced study).
* Reference Study Article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1691485/
Other sources to check out for further reading:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18652079 , The Neuroprotective Role of Creatine