Spotlight on Creatine HCL

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Published by Pauline Rai
Registered Homeopath & Functional Medicine Nutritionist.
D.Hom., R.Hom., FLT, HCP, B.A.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Literature reviews on creatine as an ergogenic aid reflects the important benefits for athletic performance for rapid energy provision during muscle contraction. The amount of creatine depends on the type of sport, weight, fitness level and age of the individual. For instance, high intensity physical activity requires greater creatine levels in storage, which provides muscles with more quick energy for activities such as sprinting and weight bearing exercises.

Sports enthusiasts, athletes, body -builders, vegetarians and also the average person wanting to lose weight can benefit from creatine supplementation which increases muscle mass and strength. The impact on lean muscle mass to body fat ratios could be designed into a weight loss program that includes a balance of proteins and carbohydrates in addition to physical activity. Nutrition impacts fitness and sets the conditions for being able to endure a greater amount of training and intensity due to the higher muscle creatine levels.

Creatine is a nitrogen-containing compound, which is a source of energy. Without a proper nitrogen balance, the energy levels would affect overall performance goals. Creatine is consumed in our diet from a source of milk and red meat and is synthesized in the liver, kidney and pancreas however during the cooking process creatine is degraded. When these organs are not able to metabolize or synthesize creatine, or when there is not enough absorbed or available from the diet then various deficiencies can result.  And for the sports minded or the gym enthusiast, this can affect their motivation to continue and can become an uphill struggle with fitness goals.

Creatine is converted to creatinine, which is an unusable byproduct and cleared by the kidneys for removal. Some types of creatines will degrade faster than others and further depend on PH levels and overall gut health absorption. Creatine Hydrochloride for example is more soluble in water than Creatine Monohydrate, and is a key aspect for absorption.  Generally speaking due to its higher solubility, a smaller dose is needed and is not dependent on pre-loading.

Creatine supplementation has also been shown in studies to prevent the increase of pro-inflammatory cytokines induced by strenuous exercise. It also seems to be effective for conditions that are inflammatory in nature as a result of aging. For example, post- menopausal women with knee arthritis who take creatine supplements in conjunction with strength exercises show an improved outcome of physical functioning.

Supplementation of creatine is also being researched for Parkinson’s and seems to be promising for early symptoms, delaying the advancement of the disease but has no effect on the later advanced stages.

Creatine has also been used for congestive heart failure, depression, bipolar disorder, gyrate atrophy  (eye disease) and various muscular dystrophies.   While the benefits of creatine are well studied in the athletic industry on performance, the scope for natural supplementation for health and wellness are also gaining a spotlight as an adjunct therapeutical benefit when combined with exercise.

We recommend Creatine HCL total evolution 360-degree therapy series over other creatines because this product encompasses additional health benefits and does not require a loading phase. The supplementary ingredients in this product listed below are descriptive of the research on health and wellness, weight loss, mood, heart health and of course athletic performance.

Supplementary Ingredients:

Panax Ginseng.  A south Asian herb that is used extensively as a tonic, stimulator and rejuvenator especially for men. And also used by women for fatigue and sexually related symptoms such as PMS or hot flashes in menopause.

Glutamine.  An amino acid used in recovery for muscle fatigue also reduces sugar and carbohydrate cravings and helpful for obesity.

L- Carnitine Tartrate. An amino acid, which improves fat metabolism and muscular performance. It is used in the treatment of ischemic heart disease and hyper- lipid states. The combination of tartrate offers antioxidant properties.

N-Acetyl L- Tyrosine. An amino acid that has anti -depressant effects on anxiety and mild to moderate depression. It has also been used for low sex drive, Parkinson’s disease and weight loss.

For more advice on sports supplementation, or health and wellness concerns please feel free to drop in to speak to our clinicians. Depending on your health or fitness goals we can design a program fit for you.[/vc_column_text][dt_gap height=”30″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Recommended Product:

Creatine HCL- 360 therapy

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Creatine HCL from FLN Supplements is available at Firstline Nutrition.

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