Heart Failure Patients; Creatine is Not Just for Weight Lifters
Creatine; Not Just for Gym Rats
Anyone who has lifted weights in the past 20 years or so has probably heard of or used Creatine. Creatine is perhaps the most researched supplement on the market. It’s a staple of many who lift, why? That’s simple, it works! Let’s get technical for just a moment here. According to a Penn State Hershey Medical Study; “Creatine is a naturally-occurring substance that’s found in meat and fish, and also made by the human body in the liver, kidneys, and pancreas. It is converted into creatine phosphate or phosphocreatine and stored in the muscles, where it is used for energy. During high-intensity, short-duration exercise, such as lifting weights or sprinting, phosphocreatine is used as a source of ATP, a major carrier of energy within the human body.” OK, so all that means is; you will get a few extra reps in and help rebuild muscle faster (very basic).
Why Does that Matter for Heart Failure Patients?
Those inflicted with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) experience depressed cardiac and skeletal muscle creatine levels. Studies have shown taking creatine monohydrate orally can help strengthen both the skeletal and cardiac muscles. Personally I have taken creatine on and off for at least 20 years. When I was first diagnosed with CHF I immediately started taking it again. In my opinion I credit creatine with helping my recovery and control of CHF just as much as my Coreg.
Wait! It can do More!
Research has also been put forward showing its positive effects on not only Heart Disease and Athletic Performance but also; Cancer, COPD, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s and ALS. For a Supplement that cost’s less than 10 dollars a month, what do you have to lose?
But Jim, What about the Side Effects?
Yes there are some possible side effects
- Weight gain
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle strains and pulls
- Stomach upset
- High blood pressure
- Liver dysfunction
- Kidney damage
The Thing to remember here is that these are possible side effects not a guarantee. If you listen to your body and take the recommended dose the odds of having Side effects are greatly decreased. Just an FYI, 5 grams per day (about a spoonful) is all you need.
Scams, Scams and more Scams!
Since Creatine has been around so long and with so many suppliers, the cost has come drastically down over the years. So what is a supplement company to do? Make up a new and improved version it just so happens; this new version cost more…what are the odds! Chance are you will come across a lot of wild claims about faster absorption and taste quality. Nope…Just BS! All you need is Pure White Powder Creatine Monohydrate!
Some choose to mix it in with water or a shake. Myself, I like to just take a spoon to the mouth and swish some water around and take it in one big gulp! Places like Vitamin Shoppe and GNC will have cheap creatine for sale just be aware of the up-sell approach of the sales people. Online you can also get great deals; Bodybuilding.com or even Amazon have them all the time.
I Highly Recommend
Not my Pony, I have no stake in Creatine; I just feel it’s a great inexpensive supplement that can improve your quality of Life. Lifters already know the benefits of taking creatine. This post was to show that it can do more than just add an extra few reps to your bench. It’s paramount that you do your research when you have an illness. I encourage everyone into looking up other studies and giving creatine a try. For me it has been and will continue to be a great tool in my battle with Congestive Heart Failure.
Thanks for Reading,