Archive for January, 2007

Creatine helps people with ‘Muscular Dystrophies’ ?

20070131 12:43

I got a news alert from Google news earlier today so i thought i’d write and see what people think! I would go on and on about what creatine is, but the whole site is full of creatine information and articles so i’ll get straight to the point!

“The evidence from the studies “shows that short- and medium-term creatine treatment improves muscle strength in people with muscular dystrophies and is well-tolerated,” said lead reviwer Dr. Rudolf Kley of Ruhr University Cochum in Germany.

The review appears in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic.

Although creatine has been widely studied as a performance enhancer, it’s still not clear if the supplement makes a difference, according to Roger Fielding, Ph.D., of Tufts University, who has also recently written a review of creatine treatments for neuromuscular diseases.”

Musclular disyrophies is genetic group of more than 30 genetic and hereditary muscle diseases. It’s characterized by skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and death of muscle cells and tissue. Althought i know creatine does help build muscle tissues, i don’t know too much about muscular dystrophies, so i cannot really say my true thoughts.

If you have any comments, please feel free to post.

What happens once you stop taking Creatine?

20070128 22:58

I actually wondered this myself, but after reading a thread on the forum (here) it made it abit clearer what actually happens once you stop taking Creatine!

As you may already know by now, Creatine not only helps you gain mass, but it increases water levels in muscles.. So once you stop taking creatine supplements you will loose water and often abit of weight, but nothing major!

Teen bodybuilding

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Creatine ‘boosts brain power’

20070105 12:06

I was reading up on a news item from the BBC which claims Creatine boosts brain power. An outline of the story was;

Experts believe Creatine does not only boost fitness levels, but it has a role in maintaining energy levels to the brain, and have the theory that taking Creatine supplements WILL improve mental performance.

Researchers from the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, had given creatine supplements to 45 willing young adults. The volunteers were split up, and given either creatine pills or “dummy pills” for a period of six weeks.

The volunteers ability to repeat long sequences of numbers were tested and a series of general IQ tests were given.

The researchers, led by Dr Caroline Rae found that creatine supplements seemed to have a positive effect.

She said: “Both of these tests require fast brain power and the IQ test was conducted under time pressure.

“The results were clear with both our experimental groups and in both test scenarios.

“Creatine supplementation gave a significant measurable boost to brain power.”

The researchers found that the ability to remember long number improved.

Dr Rae believes that the creatine increases the amount of energy available to the brain for computational tasks, improving general mental ability.

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