Beyond Sport Performance: Creatine & Mental Health

Beyond Sport Performance: Creatine & Mental Health

July 2, 2024

Creatine is most commonly known as a sports supplement, used by athletes and bodybuilders to improve muscle recovery and physical performance. More recently the benefits of creatine beyond sports have interested researchers and medical professionals as it appears creatine may also play a role in improving brain function, reducing depression and improving overall health and wellbeing.

Naturally found in foods such as beef and fish (in small amounts), creatine is used in the body by muscles for energy production as a component of ATP (adenosine-triphosphate). It is also used by the brain, and plays such an important role in brain function that the brain in fact synthesizes it's own creatine. This connection is what has sparked a new interest in creatine supplementation for brain health. 

Researchers are interested in the following potential benefits of creatine supplementation:

  • Improved memory
  • Resilience during acute and chronic stress 
  • Anxiety, PTSD and depression
  • Traumatic brain injury and headaches

While it may be difficult to say exactly who will benefit the most from creatine supplementation at this time, the science points towards some hopeful outcomes for those wanting to experiment.

Fortunately, the safety of creatine monohydrate supplementation is already well established in the sports arena, and it is rather inexpensive and easy to access. Yes, we have it at Edible!

Our Wellness Advisors are available at the store should you wish to learn more. Please be sensible and also speak to your health provider to be sure creatine is the right choice for you.

For additional learning this video by Huberman Lab is a great and informative watch.

Stay well!

Written by Sita Huber, BHsc (Nutritional Medicine) for Edible Island

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