Yep, if you’ve read my blogs in the past you’ll know that I am a BIG fan of creatine, particularly creatine monohydrate! If you already know about creatine or have used it yourself then this probably won’t come as much of a surprise. The vast majority of people that take creatine notice a profound improvement in strength and power endurance!
This is going to be a reasonably short post but it’s one I felt compelled to write because of the magnitude of this finding. EFSA, or the European Food Safety Authority are the governing body in Europe who gives the thumbs up or thumbs down on a nutrition product or supplement. Until last week advertisers weren’t authorised by EFSA to claim that creatine could be used by those over the age of 55 to enhance the effect of resistance training on muscle strength.
Quite a significant statement right? Especially when considering the condition that effects many over 55 years of age known as age related muscle sarcopaenia i.e. the gradual decline in muscle mass as you age.
No one wants to lose gains right!? The loss of muscle mass can inhibit your capacity to perform physical activity, reduce strength AND make you look less athletic. As we age physical activity becomes ever more important for the body and mind, so it makes sense to try anything you can to offset and limit natural muscle wastage. I’ve always said it, CREATINE is your friend as you age, and it just so happens that EFSA agree with me.
Of course, do exercise caution and consult your Doctor prior to consuming a nutrition supplements, especially if you have an underlying medical condition.
Nutraingredients, (2016). EFSA thumbs up for creatine & muscle strength in older adults. Retrieved 7th March, 2016, from http://www.nutraingredients.com/Regulation-Policy/EFSA-thumbs-up-for-creatine-muscle-strength-in-older-adults