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#075: Creatine: Brains and Brawn?

May 08, 2015

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?

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Show Notes
  • 00:00:30

    Creatine - For the brains and for the brawn.

  • 00:01:18

    This Week in Neuroscience: Not-so-good news for those planning their trip to Mars.

  • 00:03:51

    Some interesting news from a Smart Drug Smarts listener and announcing the winner of last week's contest.

  • 00:05:10

    Let's get smarter together with the Smart Drug Smarts Audience Census.

  • 00:05:51

    Introducing Dr. Maurizio Balestrino.

  • 00:07:29

    Areas of high Creatine concentration in the body.

  • 00:08:17

    The function of Creatine in the body.

  • 00:09:17

    Mechanism of action for Creatine. How it does what it does.

  • 00:11:06

    Creatine's role as an "energy shuttle".

  • 00:12:07

    Amount of Creatine in different types of diet.

  • 00:14:29

    Synthesis of Creatine may come with a price - A hypothesis.

  • 00:15:32

    Cognitive benefits of Creatine.

  • 00:16:24

    Case studies on the cognitive benefits of Creatine supplementation.

  • 00:18:04

    How long does Creatine take to cross the blood brain barrier?

  • 00:19:43

    Dosage and safety concerns about Creatine.

  • 00:20:38

    People who are most likely to benefit from Creatine supplementation.

  • 00:24:57

    Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: The benefits of distraction to learning.

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