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Creatine has gotten a bad reputation with women, when really it should be a part of every women’s supplement regimen, whether they lift or not! Creatine is one of the primary sources of energy our muscles use regularly.
Creatine has been known to be beneficial for aiding in muscle building, recovery strength gains, muscular endurance but it is also helpful for brain health and development including mental health, cognition and mood. Creatine is now even linked to hormonal benefits such as healthy estrogen.
Creatine is a naturally occurring non protein amino acid compound which is actually made by our liver and kidneys. Meaning our body’s make it and need it. We also get it by consuming animal sources of protein. Our bodies store creatine in our muscles and our muscles use it during any exercise.
The thing is women tend to eat less animal products than men potentially making it even more important for females to supplement on a daily basis.
Maybe you are not in a health journey for muscle toning, endurance, strength or gaining muscle… but maybe you are interested in beating time, aging and longevity. Well creatine even helps with that! Women go through various stages in life, from pre-menopause, pregnancy, and post-menopause. Throughout each of these stages there are various hormone fluctuations which are also correlated with different creatine levels in the body.
As women age, estrogen levels begin to drop. As this happens oxidative stress and inflammation go up which are prime culprits for muscle loss, lower bone density and decreased strength and even stability and balance. Creatine supplementation has been shown to minimize these effects of aging.
In addition to this one study even found that creatine supplementation can increase the production of estrogen in women. Estrogen is a key hormone in the menstrual cycle and increases in estrogen can potentially help regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce premenstrual symptoms. This same study even stated that creatine supplementation can improve overall hormonal balance in women.
Do not be scared of creatine! It is made in the body and we all need more than we can produce. Plus the benefits will only help us all as we age.