Creatine helps slow down bone loss

The body produces creatine, a compound that helps the body create energy and muscle, and is also popular as a sports supplement. In this study, 47 postmenopausal women participated in a resistance training program three days per week while taking 45 mg of creatine per pound of body weight per day (about 5.8g for a 130 pound woman) or a placebo.

After one year, the creatine group had 1.2 percent less bone mineral density while the placebo group had 3.9 percent less. The finding is important because bone loss directly increases chances of fracture. Also, while the placebo group experienced a 4 percent decline, women in the creatine group saw 1.4 percent more new bone at the thigh, decreasing chances for fracture, doctors said. 

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