Have you noticed yourself feeling a little foggy? Is it hard to keep mental focus?
Cognitive function can deteriorate for all of us, especially as we get older, after an injury, or in stressful situations.
There’s a supplement that may be able to help—Encour!™
The active ingredient in Encour is creatine monohydrate, or just creatine as it is commonly known.
Creatine is essential to our bodies, but levels tend to decrease as we begin to age. Creatine is a key energy source for muscle, brain, and tissue cells, so it’s important to replenish those levels.
Athletes have used creatine for decades to boost performance. It’s a well-researched supplement that restores energy to cells in our bodies.
New research shows that creatine can boost more than energy and muscles. It may also improve brain function.
Research on creatine and the brain
Research on creatine is decades old, but research on creatine and the brain is relatively recent. Studies have looked at the connection between creatine and the brain in several different ways.
- Creatine and cognitive function - Several studies have focused on the relationship between creatine and cognition, memory, and brain function. Creatine levels can drop for many reasons, like aging or changes in diet, which can reduce cognitive function. Research has shown that creatine can reduce mental fatigue. In one study, taking creatine every day for six weeks improved working memory and intelligence tests. Another test looked specifically at the impacts on elderly participants. After taking creatine for only one week, the study found that creatine supplementation significantly improved performance on random number generation, forward spatial recall, and long-term memory tasks. There is also a strong correlation between older people who take creatine and improved brain function.
- Creatine and brain recovery - Creatine is known to help the body with different types of injuries. Recently, studies have looked at whether creatine can also help the brain recover. Most of the studies on brain recovery, specifically episodes of brain ischemia, have been performed on rats. Brain ischemia happens when there is low blood flow to the brain and increases the chance of stroke. Several studies found creatine can help minimize the amount of damage caused by brain ischemia. Research also found creatine supplementation resulted in smaller brain infarctions, or dead cells, following events where blood flow to the brain was restricted. A longer-term study also noted an improvement in learning and memory.
- Creatine and brain injury prevention - While it’s not possible to prevent a brain injury, studies have shown creatine may help reduce the amount of damage from traumatic brain injury. The results are so promising, the International Society of Sports Nutrition recommends that athletes at risk for traumatic brain injury take creatine to lower the risk of severe injury. Other studies looked at recovery after a concussion or brain injury. In one, children with a traumatic brain injury took a creatine supplement. As a result, the noticed less fatigue, dizziness, and headaches.
- Creatine and depression - Creatine may also support mental health. In some research, creatine is shown to have anti-depressive qualities and work with antidepressants to produce better results. This an area that needs more research, but there is evidence that suggests creatine may help manage depression and anxiety disorders, increasing mental focus.
Taking Encour! as a creatine supplement
Encour! uses only the gold standard of creatine produced in Germany to restore natural energy to the brain and body. One dose of creatine also includes 100% of your daily Vitamin C.
By taking Encour! every day, you should begin to notice more mental alertness. You will not notice a sudden burst of energy because Encour! contains no caffeine.
We recommend talking to your doctor before you begin taking any supplement.