If you’re looking to build and maintain muscle health, it’s important to make sure you are getting the proper nutrients. Learn more about the nutrients you need from Melissa Bistricer, RDN.
Do you know which nutrients your body needs before and after you exercise? It can depend on the person. Learn about some important nutrients for energy production and muscle recovery from Amanda Williams, MPH.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
One of the hallmark indications for aging is muscle mass loss. When we think of age-related muscle mass loss, we oftentimes think about sarcopenia and what we can be doing to offset sarcopenia. We want to maintain our muscles as we get older and we also want to support the underlying skeleton. I want to talk about a key amino acid that many people turn to when it comes to maintaining lean muscle mass and building strength.†
What creatine does for the body
Athletes and people who work out will frequently turn to creatine as part of their supplementation routine. But there are other benefits that go along with creatine besides that of just the support for the muscles.†
One of the main ways that we look at our muscles as we start to get older is if we start to lose muscle mass. This is the coined term of sarcopenia. We now realize that creatine can do a very lovely job at trying to fend that off. It has this potential to counteract sarcopenia and that muscle atrophy that occurs throughout the aging process. One of the ways that it is actually doing this is through cellular energy production and helping to support the muscle cells.†
We can also look at creatine as being a very important amino acid for so many other areas within the body, including the cardiovascular system. We have recognized that those who supplement with creatine actually have better lipid profiles. When you look at your total cholesterol, for example, research has been able to show that the creatine itself actually impacts the triglycerides in particular. If someone has elevated triglycerides, which is a circulating fat in the blood, taking creatine can be very helpful.†
We’ve also seen in clinical studies that with higher creatine intake, that results in lower homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a direct indicator for vascular inflammation, which is certainly something that we always want to be able to avoid.†
Making sure you get this amino acid
Creatine can be found naturally in meat and fish, but you can also get it through supplementation. You can check out our Creatine Monohydrate Powder formulation. It is a really good formulation for anyone who has concerns with aging gracefully.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains the important benefits that creatine can offer the body. She discusses various issues that people face as they age and how this amino acid can help combat them.†
- What is creatine and where is it found?
- The impact of this amino acid on respiratory health
- Studies on creatine
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Heart failure is scary. It happens when your heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to function properly. Factors like obesity, diabetes, not exercising and a bad diet can all contribute to it. Here are some lifestyle changes you should focus on.
The body requires 20 different amino acids in order to function properly. Creatine is one of those amino acids and has been studied for its benefit for both muscle and brain health.
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
Today we are going to discuss the commonly used statin drug and it’s impact on essential nutrients in the body. If you are taking a statin drug to help lower your cholesterol, it is important to know that you are also depleting specific nutrients in your body that can increase the side effects you are feeling.
What are Statins and How Do They Work?
Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries and narrow or even block them. Numerous clinical trials have consistently shown that statins (if taken by a person with high LDL-cholesterol), reduces their risk of stroke, heart attack, angina, and heart related mortality. Statins are thought to be safe but they do interact with some of the newer blood thinners and can increase the risk of bleeding.
I think there are more issues connected to statins than is normally disclosed. Interestingly, when the statin industry sponsors a study, there is a very low incidence of side effects, perhaps in 1 or 2% of the study subjects. But when an independent academic research institution performs the same study, the incidence of side effects (especially muscle related side effects) climbs up to more than 10% of the study subjects. Considering how many millions of people are prescribed a statin – that’s a lot of people walking around fatigued or with muscle inflammation.
The Impact of Statins on Nutrients in your Body
The dirty little secret with statins is that they almost always deplete key nutrients needed for the heart, vision, memory, and muscle function. Importantly, this is very easy to remedy once you know about it; simply add the nutritional supplement to your daily regimen and you’re done; now you can stay on your statin and get rid of most of its side effects.
Commonly, Statins reduce energy production and lead to fatigue and can cause muscle inflammation, muscle pain, a decline in strength and stamina but rarely cause serious muscle problems. Of course the higher the dosage of the statin the more likely you are to encounter these side effects.
One of the nutrients that statins naturally deplete is Coenzyme Q10, or Ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is needed for energy; no energy can be made in our body without it. Ubiquinol promotes cardiovascular and neuromuscular health. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an important energy-releasing nutrient produced naturally in the human body. Ubiquinol is CoQ10 in its active form, which allows calories from food to be absorbed and utilized as energy throughout the body.†
Another nutrient that is depleted by statins is Creatine. Creatine Monohydrate is a naturally-occurring amino acid that supplies energy to all cells. Traditionally, Creatine Monohydrate is used as part of a fitness and recovery program, but recent studies show that it is also helpful for stress management and healthy aging. This helps to nourish and hydrate muscles and helps to maintain muscle fibers, especially in those with muscle concerns while on a statin.
Statins deplete eye health – it is not commonly known, but it is very important. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are yellow carotenoids found in vegetables that are referred to as macular pigments because the eye concentrates them in this region. The macula of the eye helps protect the vulnerable little organs needed for good vision near the retina and the macula is also responsible for fine vision. These carotenoids help support the health of macular tissue and vision health, according to a number of studies.
Again, statins depleting essential nutrients in your body are very easy to remedy once you know about it; simply add the nutritional supplement to your daily regimen and you’re done; now you can stay on your statin and get rid of most of its side effects. If you have any questions, leave us a comment below and I will be happy to guide you.
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