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5 Key Benefits of Creatine Monohydrate That You Probably Didn’t Know

Creatine monohydrate is the world’s most well researched supplement. For good reason - it works and works well! That’s why every scoop of Neuroptimax provides an efficacious dose of 5 grams of creatine monohydrate.

Here are 5 key benefits of creatine monohydrate that you probably didn’t know:

1. Muscle gain, muscle saver and pain management

In training studies, those who consume creatine typically gain twice as much muscle than subjects taking a placebo. Twice as much muscle! Some individuals over a period of 8 to 12 weeks have actually gained 4-6 kilograms of total body mass. That’s pretty impressive! It improves strength, power, speed, size, muscle mass, and a host of other performance and health benefits. There is no reason why more individuals shouldn’t take it every day. That’s right! 5 grams a day, every day – more isn’t better, but neither will it harm you. Recent research has also showed a reduction in pain in muscle dystrophy with creatine. Muscle dystrophy is a group of muscle diseases that result in increasing weakening and breakdown of skeletal muscles over time.

2. Perform under stress (adaptogen like)

At Neuroptimax we consider creatine to be an “adaptogen” i.e., ‘a substance that increases the state of non-specific resistance' helping you cope with the stress of competing, fatigue, lack of sleep, and challenging environmental conditions/travel. Did you know that these stressors cause a reduction in brain creatine thus impacting brain function (decision making, reaction, thought processes)? Hence creatine supplementation can counter the negative effects of these stressors.

3. Lifesaver – stroke, traumatic brain injury

Creatine is gaining recognition as a potentially life-saving aid. In situations where there is a loss of blood flow (blockage, trauma); vital organs, such as the brain and heart, can be severely damaged. Creatine can allow the effected organ to survive longer without blood flow. For people that are prone to stroke or heart attacks, creatine may be potentially life saving. It would be a shame if something as simple as creatine supplementation could prevent the loss of a life and yet, not even be considered as an option.

Interesting fact: The brain represents only 2 percent of total body weight and uses approximately 20 percent of the body’s energy. A high creatine content enhances brain function, through facilitating rapid energy provision during times of accelerated ATP turnover.

4. Protection against dehydration

Creatine may serve to protect against dehydration by drawing more water into cells. Research has shown that increases in total muscle creatine stores following supplementation led to increased water retention, particularly within the muscle itself. At Neuroptimax, we’ve also included essential electrolytes to ensure you maximise the fluids consumed (retained). We don’t need to explain how important optimal hydration status is for the brain and body.

5. Central nervous system (Neuroprotective)

Creatine is an effective treatment for a number of neurodegenerative conditions, such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease. Research indicates strong evidence in favor of creatine as an effective neuroprotective agent. It appears creatine improves cellular energy deficits in brain tissue, reducing the symptoms of these neurodegenerative disorders.

For best results take 5 grams of creatine daily. 

Further Reading

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