One of the many benefits of visiting your chiropractor is continuous access to a health professional who understands your aches and pains and what is causing them. Especially as we get older, working on spinal flexibility is paramount. It should come as no surprise that osteoporosis (the gradual loss of bone mass) can rear its ugly head as we age.
Calcium supplements and performing weight-bearing exercises are known solutions but recently the use of Creatine is being touted as a way to promote stronger bones. According to ClinicalTrials.gov, researchers determined that “Creatine may indirectly promote greater bone density by improving muscle size and strength, even without exercise.” The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging (JNHA) reports that over 10 studies have discovered health and performance benefits from Ceatine supplementation with little to no side effects.
As we mentioned, osteoporosis is an important health problem, and the loss of bone mineral and bone fragility is especially prevalent in postmenopausal women. Studies show that of all osteoporotic fractures, hip fractures are the most traumatic. Creatine monohydrate is a nutritional supplement that is often combined with strength training to increase strength and muscle mass. A pilot study reported in the JNHA that “in a small test group of postmenopausal women, creatine monohydrate significantly improved hip bone mineral density during a one-year resistance training program.”
The Clinical Trials article points out that “Creatine monohydrate is found in small amounts in meats and fish and, when taken as a nutritional supplement, increases muscle mass and strength.” When a Creatine supplement is taken during a resistance training program it can induce a clinically significant difference in bone mineral density.
Good News for the Future
Bodybuilding and strength athletes continue to use Creatine as a supplement to improve size and strength with positive results. With its benefits now including an aid to increase bone density and even brain function, Creatine use will continue to garner more and more attention from the medical community.
And remember, a visit to your chiropractor makes all the difference between joint pain and being in traction. If you feel your back is trying to tell you something be proactive and talk to your chiropractor about a complete chiropractic analysis. The knowledgeable professionals at Rancho Cucamonga will have you back on your feet in no time.
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