Supplementation

Creatine and Super Creatine

Beef up your muscles AND your brain with Super Creatine.

Nootropics are popular amongst college students; unfortunately, many students will resort to sugary, caffeinated beverages to help with studying. What if there was a supplement that makes you smarter, gives you a greater attention span, and improves your memory? Well, there is – and it’s creatine. Everyone knows creatine is a great muscle builder and can increase athletic performance, but new research suggests that creatine can increase your mental function, as well. Your brain is a muscle, which stores creatine just like your skeletal muscle does. With that being said, your brain can fatigue just like your muscles can when exercising.

FUN FACT: Your brain makes up about 1-3 percent of your body weight.
– Billions of neurons in our brains use 20 percent of our body’s total ATP-derived energy.

Creatine is no longer just for athletes. Anyone looking to improve mental performance in school, and even in sports, should be consuming creatine.

Here are a few things creatine has been backed up by research to do:

– Be neuroprotective in the brain
– Increases cognition
– Increases attention span
– Delays mental fatigue
– Has anti-depressive effects
– Has antioxidant effects in the brain

Research has found that brain creatine is much harder to increase than skeletal muscle. This means that creatine gets taken up readily by your muscles, but not by your brain because of the blood-brain barrier.

What is the Blood-Brain Barrier?

The blood-brain barrier is semi-permeable. This means that it allows some materials to cross, but prevents others from crossing. Some of the notable effects of the BBB are:

– Protects the brain from “foreign substances”.
– Compounds that are very small and/or fat-soluble pass freely across the BBB.

FUN FACT: Alcohol, cocaine, and caffeine pass freely across the BBB. Therefore, certain substances have effects almost immediately because they’re readily crossing the BBB, whereas other substances don’t.

Creatine does not get absorbed by the brain sufficiently because it has trouble crossing the BBB. A recent study highlights how poorly creatine is absorbed in the brain, especially when considering the aging process. The decline in brain creatine may be related to cognitive decline in the elderly.

A new study examined the impact of age, diet, tissue with creatine supplementation. Participants received .3 grams of creatine monohydrate per kg of body weight for seven days. This is a typical creatine loading phase that most researchers use to saturate the body with creatine. In addition to muscle, they also use MRI to examine how much creatine was taken up in the brain. Researchers found that:

– Muscle creatine increased in all groups.
– Diet influenced muscle creatine, but did not impact brain creatine.
– Brain creatine remained unchanged after creatine loading.
– Brain creatine content was found to be lower than muscle creatine regardless of age or diet.

This study suggests that it’s much harder to get creatine across the blood-brain barrier than into muscle. It also shows that brain creatine levels decrease with aging with may account for an age-related decline in mental function. Remember, your brain requires creatine to work, just like muscle does. A concerning fact of the study was that brain creatine did not change, which means you must take a highly bioavailable creatine, such as Super Creatine. The Super Creatine peptide found in Bang Energy is much more bioavailable than regular creatine, and has added neurotrophic, such as caffeine and CoQ10. Bang Energy is the perfect mental enhancement drink for college students with its patented Super Creatine, CoQ10, caffeine, and BCAAs.

Rae C, Digney AL, McEwan SR, Bates TC. Oral creatine monohydrate supplementation improves brain performance: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2003;270(1529):2147-2150. doi:10.1098/rspb.2003.2492.

Marina Yazigi Solis, Guilherme Giannini Artioli, Maria Concepción García Otaduy, Cláudia da Costa Leite, Walquiria Arruda, Raquel Ramos Veiga, Bruno Gualano.   Effect of age, diet and tissue type on PCr response to creatine supplementation Journal of Applied Physiology Published 1 June 2017 Vol. no. , DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00248.2017


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