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Brain and Mental Performance

Creatine Supplements May Protect Against Brain Damage

21 years, 8 months ago

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Posted on Sep 25, 2002, 2 p.m. By Bill Freeman

Researchers have found that rats fed a diet containing the dietary supplement creatine, suffered half as much brain damage after injury as those receiving a normal diet. They also discovered that mice given creatine for five days before a head injury suffered 36% less brain damage. Creatine is widely used by athletes, as it is believed to increase muscle strength and physical endurance.

Researchers have found that rats fed a diet containing the dietary supplement creatine, suffered half as much brain damage after injury as those receiving a normal diet. They also discovered that mice given creatine for five days before a head injury suffered 36% less brain damage. Creatine is widely used by athletes, as it is believed to increase muscle strength and physical endurance. Scientists believe the supplement may prevent the secondary damage seen several days after a traumatic head injury by regulating calcium levels within the brain. Researchers believe that boxers, rugby players, and others at risk from head injury could benefit from the neuroprotective effects of creatine if it is taken under medical supervision.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.bbc.co.uk/news on the 2nd November 2000

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