Creatine decreases Glycogen and Muscle protein Breakdown

    Creatine monohydrate is a proven supplement for increasing muscle mass and strength. It has also been used to treat diseases that cause neuromuscular degeneration such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. Creatine helps athletes recover from training and competition. A study from Taiwan showed that supplementing creatine for 15 days (12 grams per day) decreased chemical markers of protein breakdown and increased muscle glycogen levels. One possible problem was that creatine supplements increased markers of tendon breakdown. Creatine promotes sports performance and speeds recovery. (European Journal of Nutrition, published online February 8, 2013)