If you know a lot about fitness and exercise, then chances are you’ve heard the term “creatine” come up. With limited knowledge on the subject, creatine can appear intimidating and it is highly advised to cycle creatine, as over-supplementation can stop natural production.
The reason creatine is so popular in the fitness world is because it increases water retention in the muscles providing a greater size and strength, but it is important to keep in mind that creatine is a natural substance that exists in humans and nature.
Creatine as a Nootropic
I didn’t find out until later that creatine has various nootropic properties. I had read before on various forums that it has been shown to increase ones IQ but I didn’t pay much attention to these claims.
It turns out that creatine does a lot more than that this. It is shown to increase cognition, overall well-being, and might even have the potential to be anti-depressive. These nootropic effects are quite subtle for the average meat-eating individual (due to the amount of creatine naturally occurring in meat), but are increasingly more noticeable for vegetarians and vegans.
Creatine as a Brainguard
One great benefit of creatine is its neuroprotective properties; meaning it protects the brain from anything that might damage it. Creatine can be a source of energy for our cells, which means ATP depletion is slowed down (as creatine can substitute as ATP) so in effect, our brain cells (and other cells) can survive longer.
Creatine is a great nootropic, and while subtle, has great effects on the body. Creatine is also a safe and inexpensive compound. Creatine is actually used often as a staple ingredient in pre and post-workout mixes, such as DS Craze.
It’s unlike many nootropics because you may not notice an immediate effect, but the science exists and you’ll secretly know you’re aiding your body.