We're often asked which supplements we recommend people take. Now I could write an entire book about that but today I'm going to focus on one. The one that I think most of us over the age of 50 could potentially see the most benefit from.
Oh and it's one I've taken pretty much every day for the past 20 years.
What is it? Creatine!
Now there is a lot of information out on the interwebs about it. Some saying it's great, some saying it will kill you (it won't) and everything in between. The fact is Creatine is prolly THE most researched supplement there is and is considered safe to use by almost everyone (one exception would be those who have kidney issues.
There's a wide range of benefits to taking Creatine.
It's proven to help your muscles produce more energy thus enabling you to go longer and harder when working out
It speeds muscle growth, something critical to us over 50 as it helps us to fight off the effects of sarcopenia and keep/build that lean muscle mass we need as we get older
It can improve brain functionality and help protect against neurological diseases
It can lesson day to day fatigue and general "tiredness"
New studies are even showing that Creatine may help to lower blood sugar levels, fight diabetes, and may help in the fight against Parkinson's disease. While the jury is still out on some of these the data is promising.
As you can see there's quite a lot to be gained and not a lot of risk.
Oh and Creatine is cheap VERY Cheap. You can' get a 3 months supply of high quality creatine for $20-30 bucks. (Don't get those super cheap ones you see at your local megamart.. there's a reason they're cheap)
That said as we ALWAYS say to folks Check with your medical professional (and your pharmacist if taking other medications) before taking any supplement