Creatine, despite its research-backed benefits, some people avoid it because they’re afraid that it’s bad for health.Some even claimed it causes liver, kidney problems and weight gain to name some.
However, a review of the evidence suggests these claims are not supported by research. To back that, a study conducted by University of Maryland Medical Center states that creatine is not just taken to improve athletic performance rather it has also other essential health benefits.
Preliminary studies suggest that creatine supplements may help lower levels of triglycerides (fats in the blood) in men and women with high concentrations of triglycerides.Creatine has also been reported to help lower levels of homocysteine. Homocysteine is associated with heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
Preliminary studies suggest that creatine may have anticancer properties.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
One study found that people with COPD who took creatine increased muscle mass, muscle strength and endurance, and improved their health status compared with those who took placebo.
People who have muscular dystrophy may have less creatine in their muscle cells, which may contribute to muscle weakness. One study found that taking creatine led to a small improvement in muscle strength.
People with Parkinson’s disease have decreased muscular fitness, including decreased muscle mass, muscle strength, and increased fatigue. One study found that giving creatine to people with Parkinson’s disease improved their exercise ability and endurance.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Creatine appears to slow the progression of ALS and improves patients’ quality of life.