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.