My title pretty much nails what I'm looking for.
I'm already pretty tuned in to how creatine is generally used in athletic circles, particularly in strength training. So I'm not specifically looking for commentary on that angle, which is easy to find online.
Rather, I'm more interested in informed opinion and/or evidence about the possible role of creatine (monohydrate) in terms of promoting healthy longevity, and as an "anti-aging" agent, to the extent of minimizing and/or reversing various syndromes associated with advancing years.
For instance, there are a few studies indicatin creatine boosts long-term memory, and can help with Parkinson’s Disease. And studies suggesting it can improve brain function and may help with inflammation.
Both my diet and exercise approach are Paleo, and I'm aware that creatine isn't Paleo. I take supplements if and when I am convinced doing so serves my overall well-being, as opposed to whether it meets some Paleo litmus.
With that in mind I welcome perspective as to whether to include creating monohydrate in my diet. If yes, in the same time frame (window) as exercise? (I do 2-3 strength training sessions per week, using basic bodyweight exercises, and free weight squats; however, I am not looking to lift heavy or build big muscles these days, hence I'm not oriented toward the usual workout-oriented creatine + BCAA post-post workout approach. Also, I run 4-5 times per week: two sessions being HITT, three sessions being slow and low-stress, frankly a mix of walking and running.)
What I'm asking pertains more to whether to put some creatine in a bottle with water and shake it up and drink it, for general protective value, including: neuro-protective. And if so, is any of the thinking vis-a-vis "loading phase" relevant to any such use?
Just so I'm clear: when I toss out "healthy longevity" and "extending healthy longevity" I'm speaking in the broad sense of wanting to continue eating, moving, playing, resting, working, and relating with other life forms, in a full-capacity manner (physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually) for lots of birthdays. Or, to put it in terms favored by a variety of longevity researchers: I'm interested in compressing my mortality. ("Live Long, Drop Dead" — Mark Sisson.)
In light of this goal: What role, if any, might creatine monohydrate play in my life, on a daily (or perhaps weekly basis, assuming not necessarily every day) basis.
Thanks in advance for your views.
It seems like you might be on to something! Although, I disagree with the statement that "creatine isn't paleo". If something is found in large quantities in red meat, it's "paleo" in my book!
Since you are not interested in creatine supplementation for strength purposes, you could try the protocol created by Dr. Eric Serrano, but with the elimination of a loading phase. This would look like 3 weeks of .15g creatine per kg of bodyweight and 1 week off (repeated as often as desired.)
I have personally had much better results with "micronized" creatine monohydrate and find that it mixes much better and there are far less GI disturbances.
It has also been found that insulin can enhance muscle creatine accumulation, so you could pair it with high starch or insuligenic foods (potatoes, whey protein, etc.) to maximize it's effect.
Since it looks like you get a good bit of cardio every week, I would also advise that you increase your fluid/electrolyte intake to avoid any issues regarding cramping.
If you eat enough meat(~1lb/day) you should get all the creatine you need. Personally I don't currently have the cash to do that so I supplement with creatine(sources that use creapure are the best imo) for the athletic and cognitive benefits and think pretty much everyone probably should if they don't obtain enough thru dietary sources.
I mix it with water and eat it with either my PWO meal or the meal after that.
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