You may remember from your school days learning about ATP energy. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) provides energy for muscle contractions, and is used by the body for short intense bouts of energy. Creatine is a natural substance that is required by the body to create ATP.
The body produces creatine naturally and also sources it from protein-rich foods like meat or fish. For example, steak contains around 5g per kg of meat. Creatine has become a common sports supplement for elite athletes looking to top up the intake from their diet, in particular in power-based events such as weight lifting and sprinting. It is one of the most researched supplements in the sports industry, with consistently positive findings on the benefits of the supplement.
What are the benefits of Creatine?
The research behind the benefits of creatine in increasing power output in short, high intensity exercise is so substantial that this has become an EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) approved claim for the ingredient.
Improved brain function
Consider your brain performance for a second. It needs fuel just like any muscle in the body, and creatine has been shown to improve memory and cognitive performance in the same way it helps physical performance.
Improved muscle mass
Of course, we know that consuming protein is essential for muscle growth and repair. But creatine has also been shown to help gain significant muscle mass if taken over a period of several weeks and combined with strength training.
So is Creatine for you?
Creatine can be beneficial if you are looking to improve physical performance in any type of short, high intensity activity. The most obvious, tangible benefit this could have on your life is on your performance in the gym. Are you looking to hit a new bench press PB? Improve of your crossfit lifts? Creatine could help you. We like to think on a broader scale than this, too. Every time you get up off the saddle to climb the next hill, or want to get away from the traffic quicker than any other cyclist, you’re asking your body to produce ATP energy, and supplementation can help. The same goes for every time you sprint a length of the pool, every time you paddle hard on your surfboard to catch a wave, every time you jump high to catch a rebound or smash a header… if you want to move faster and stronger, this supplement could help you.
Creatine is also a great aid to improving cognitive function. It can be particularly beneficial in challenging times such as exam periods or going through interviews - when you really want your brain to be in top form.
And of course, if you are looking to gain strength and muscle mass, creatine is one for you.
Here at Motion Nutrition, we like to challenge the status quo. We want to provide you with the best supplements possible. That's why we’ve enhanced our Creatine with Folate, Biotin, and vitamin B12, which all have proven beneficial impacts on cognitive performance, and Ginkgo Biloba, a natural extract which can boost brain function and thin the blood (a bit like a natural aspirin) to increase oxygen flow to the muscles and the brain.
How should you take it?
We recommend consuming an average of 4 Mind & Body capsules
per day with meals or after a workout, while drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Consume for a period of 6-8 weeks minimum to maximize performance benefits. This supplement can be particularly beneficial if you do not eat natural sources of creatine such as meat or fish.
Ginkgo Biloba extract can act as a natural blood thinner