When it comes to brain boosting supplements the first few that may come to mind are supplements like nootropics or mushroom extracts such as Lion’s Mane. While yes these have been shown to help increase concentration or aid in memory retention. There’s a supplement we bet you didn’t know that NEEDS to be added to your current supplement regimen for boosting brain health. The answer is..CREATINE!
In the past, it’s been always known as a supplement for increasing muscle mass, but more evidence is suggesting that it is even beneficial for the aging demographic, those in the 50+ crowd, as there are claims it can support in preventing sarcopenia, increase bone density, and be neuroprotective. The brain is the most energy draining organ of the body so nourishing the body with creatine increases ATP levels (adenosine triphosphate) can help counter this. [read findings from NIH article The Additive Effects of Creatine Supplementation and Exercise Training in an Aging Population: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials – PubMed (nih.gov)]
That’s right creatine can not only get your muscles stronger but it may also help your brain in a number of ways. There’s strong evidence showing that creatine can help prevent and treat depression. [Creatine for the Treatment of Depression – PubMed (nih.gov)]. This is due to the fact that depression is often the result of disruption in brain energy, production, storage, and utilization. Creatine provides the brain cells the quick energy they need to prevent this energy disruption or correct it. And since creatine is providing the brain the quick energy it needs to function properly studies also suggest that creatine may help brain function better as a whole. This can improve cognition for better memory..so now you can score higher on tests or even be sharper at work!
The evidence is even stronger for creatine being able to boost brain power when you’re overworked, stressed, or even tired. Now you’re probably wondering well which creatine is best for me..while there is no best we do have a variety of creatines to choose from.
- Bucked Up Creatine Monohydrate- the most widely known form of creatine that has been labeled the “king” of creatine. A common dose is 5 grams a day depending on body mass. However, the option is there to do a loading phase by supplementing up to 20 grams a day. It is recommended to split up those servings throughout the day to prevent any gastric distress.
- Six point creatine- just like the name it contains 6 different types of creatine. Working synergistically each creatine contains different rates of absorption and benefits. Like protein, some studies have shown that even blended forms of creatine can help accelerate muscle growth, speed up recovery, and increase power output in comparison to one form of creatine.
- Buck Build- the highly requested product that NEEDS to be a staple when following a rigorous training regimen. Not only does this product contain 5 different types of creatine it also contains one of science’s most trusted amino acid: l-glutamine. L-glutamine not only has muscle recovery properties but it’s been shown to boost immune function. While training the body depletes its natural source of glutamine causing muscle soreness. So we knew adding glutamine into this formula could only help you further reach your goals in and outside of the gym.
So when it comes to boosting performance in and outside of the gym. Bucked Up has you covered with some generous options of creatine. Easy to supplement and incorporate into your favorite preworkout powder *cough* (MotherBucker) or even your post workout protein such as Buckfeed. Are you ready for gains in and outside of the gym?