Wednesday, August 13, 2003

BBC NEWS | Health | Creatine 'boosts brain power'

BBC NEWS | Health | Creatine 'boosts brain power': "The dietary supplement creatine - known to improve athletic performance - can also boost memory and intelligence, researchers claim. "

And it "... is also notorious for creating an unpleasant odour in the vicinity of the taker."

Great. A room full of very smelly family physicians desperately trying to finish our q6 year board exam. We'll have to increase the ventilation in classrooms. Let's not even think about pre-meds. Or 6 year old children who are on the borderline between special education programs and mainstreaming.

Wait until we find out that the oxidative stress in Creatine boosted neurons causes accelerated neuronal aging and premature dementia. Since the most obvious medical indication is for people with early dementing disorders, we might actually get to study this in a clinical trial. (Compared to the controls over a 12 month period we'd see early improvement but later worsening. Presumably we could study rats first!)

And what causes that smell, anyway?

Only the beginning of the cognitive enhancement pharmacopia. If you thought performance enhancers in the olympics were bad news, you ain't seen nothing yet.

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