Episode 75

What is Creatine?  It’s long been known as a supplement-of-choice for athletes and weightlifters… but what cognitive benefits might Creatine provide?  To answer these and other questions, Dr. Maurizio Balestrino joins Jesse for an intellectual powwow this week.

Jesse also shares some words of wisdom in the Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick, about picking a study environment.  Could overly loud, visually-busy, downright obnoxious environments offer certain advantages?

Episode Highlights

0:30Creatine - For the brains and for the brawn.
1:18This Week in Neuroscience: Not-so-good news for those planning their trip to Mars.
3:51Some interesting news from a Smart Drug Smarts listener and announcing the winner of last week's contest.
5:10Let's get smarter together with the Smart Drug Smarts Audience Census.
5:51Introducing Dr. Maurizio Balestrino.
7:29Areas of high Creatine concentration in the body.
8:17The function of Creatine in the body.
9:17Mechanism of action for Creatine. How it does what it does.
11:06Creatine's role as an "energy shuttle".
12:07Amount of Creatine in different types of diet.
14:29Synthesis of Creatine may come with a price - A hypothesis.
15:32Cognitive benefits of Creatine.
16:24Case studies on the cognitive benefits of Creatine supplementation.
18:04How long does Creatine take to cross the blood brain barrier?
19:43Dosage and safety concerns about Creatine.
20:38People who are most likely to benefit from Creatine supplementation.
24:57Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: The benefits of distraction to learning.
27:15(For Axon users) Show notes online here.

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Written by Anushtup Chatterjee
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