When it comes to the type of scientific studies that are published, not all are created equal. At Isagenix, we know a good study when we see it. And a great study just came out on creatine.
An increasing number of athletes are choosing plant-based nutrition to fuel their bodies. Their reasons can range from health concerns to taste preference. A few athletes even choose a vegetarian diet for performance, considering it a “cleaner” way to fuel their workouts.
Athletes have used creatine as an extra competitive edge for over two decades. But new research suggests creatine’s benefits reach far beyond athletic performance. Currently, this vital substrate for cellular energy is being investigated for its beneficial effects on the brain, aging, and even bones (1).
Creatine supplementation has been a popular go-to for the serious athlete striving to put on extra muscle and optimize their workouts. But unlike typical supplementation regimens, creatine “loading” is a long-standing, common practice where the individual supplements with four to five times the amount of creatine the body needs with the purpose of rapidly saturating the muscles with the energy-producing compound.
It’s a common myth that creatine is strictly for bodybuilders. In fact, creatine has benefits for every athlete, including women. Because of the beefed-up stereotypes surrounding creatine, women often miss out on benefits of enhanced training and improved recovery. It’s possible that creatine may have extra benefits for women, especially for those who have avoided creatine supplements in the past.
Creatine has long been in the spotlight for increased sports performance, but it’s now being recognized for having positive effects on brain function like cognition and memory.
By no means is creatine the main and only ingredient in AMPED™ Power, but it is one that causes confusion about its function in the body. Though athletes have concerns that creatine causes water retention and weight gain, the research behind creatine in AMPED Power suggests otherwise.
The 2015 “Breakthrough” Celebration was the biggest event in Isagenix history. Just one of the many reasons this event was so big was due to product launches like AMPED™ Power. Nutrition Science Writer II Alex Mohr explains the science behind this brand-new, pre-workout formula. Alex says, “Our goal was to provide energy, increase focus, improve blood flow, and accelerate gains in performance, because the time before someone’s workout is crucial.”
At the Colgan Institute, we have used creatine very successfully as part of our sports nutrition program for the last 25 years. In a comprehensive review of more than 500 controlled studies in 2010, the International Society of Sports Nutrition, whose members are mostly university sports scientists and university athletics coaches, strongly endorsed use of creatine to improve sports performance (1).
While a well-rounded and nutrient-dense diet, set up around sufficient energy requirements, should be the first order of business for anyone looking to build muscle, there are additional supplements to enhance your workout.