Creatine is a compound produced in the body. It is produced by breaking down proteins, especially methionine, arginine, and glycine.
But what does it have to do with memory and cognition?
As readers, you would know that I have been reluctant to stray into the world of supplements, preferring whole foods when possible. Creatine is one exception.
I read voraciously. Among the people I discovered in my journey of health, Ben Greenfield stands heads and shoulders above everyone.
There are people who know a little bit about a few aspects of health. How to run better, for example, Very few people have both depth and breadth of knowledge across the entire spectrum of health and longevity. He was the one exception.
I have constantly honed my knowledge by going back to his books, articles, and videos. Adding creatine to my list of acceptable supplements came from his book.
When I did independant research, I realized he was spot on.
Creatine is a substance that helps the body produce more ATP. Your body produces ATP for its energy requirements. When you want to sprint a little faster or lift a little heavier, for example.
But creatine plays the same role in your brain. Your brain consumes up to 55% of your total energy requirement.
So when it needs a burst of extra energy, creatine plays the same role in providing that burst of energy by helping the production of ATP.
If creatine levels are low, you can develop neurodegenerative disorders, which is science speak for a poorly functioning brain.
Creatine is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, a protective mesh that prevents toxins and other substances from entering your brain.
Adding creatine to your diet, especially if you are a vegetarian, helps memory, reasoning, perception, language, and creativity, prevents cognitive decline besides helping power your exercise. I take 5 grams a day, by the way.
I was fortunate to meet Ben recently.
I have learnt so much from him, so I requested him to create a video exclusively for you my readers.
If any of you want the best expertise available in the world on how to live a healthy and long life, reach out to him at www.bengreenfieldlife.com.