I just read a very interesting article that was passed on to me and I wanted to share it with you!
How many of you out there take a creatine supplement? I’m going to guess probably not many of you… Creatine is mostly used by body builders or athletes who want to increase muscle mass. Creatine converts into phosphocreatine which is stored in the muscles and releases ATP during high-intensity exercise.
A recent study was conducted with the University of Utah on the effects of women using creatine to overcome major depression. WHAT DID I JUST SAY?! Yes, you read correctly, creatine to help women overcome depression. The results showed women taking their daily antidepressant with 5 grams of creatine experienced positive results twice as fast as women using an antidepressant alone. This topic really interested me because as you may know, I’ve struggled with depression for a long time. It’s something I know many people suffer from and exercise is a big part of treatment.
This is great news on a number of levels. Regular antidepressant medications take about 4-6 weeks to start noticing results. If women experience change sooner, they are more likely to stick with the treatment and feel much better about the outcome. Also, the costs of medication, outpatient treatment, loss of productivity in the workplace, and other related costs add up quick. Trust me, I know.
Utah’s depression prevalence is about 25% higher than the rest of the nation. I could give you a list of a thousand reasons as to why but for the sake of your time and my sanity I’ll skip that part. It’s just crayyy over here in Utah!!! So this could have the potential to not only save the individual money, but also save the state millions of dollars a year.
Now of course, this was one study done and more research needs to be done to confirm the results. The U of U is already working on another trial testing the effects of creatine in young adults and college-age females. Also, testing on men has not been ruled out and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more studies on men and women.
We’ll have to see where the research goes but in the meantime, do you take a creatine supplement? Have you any experience with creatine and depression? What are your thoughts on this study?