Excerpt from Albion Research Notes Vol. 19, No. 1

Growing Older: Aging Gracefully Starts at Age 20

In this issue, we will take a brief look into some items of interest related to findings that can be helpful as we grow older, such as Intestinal Hyperpermeability or leaky gut syndrome (LGS).

Growing Older

There are a wide variety of changes associated with aging. Most of them are quite gradual, and take place at a very slow, but regular rate. Some of them can go unnoticed for a while, but they are happening, as sure as the days are passing. Some changes may be more obvious than others. It is often pointed out that after the age of 20, we start to have a drop off in basal metabolic rate (BMR), and eventually, after age 45 a decline in muscle mass (at a rate of 1% per year) and strength will take place. Other neuromuscular changes will take place, as well, including a decline in cognitive function later on. What can be done to fight against or slow these age related changes? Although, so far, nothing has been found to completely stop the onslaught of age related physical decline, there have been found things that we can do to allow ourselves to show the signs of age at a slower rate, which involve changes in lifestyle, such as exercise and dietary changes.

Creatine monohydrate was introduced as a dietary supplement in 1993. Since that time, the benefits of this dietary ingredient have been looked at in many studies. Initially, all of them were involved with aspects of muscle performance and size, and therefore quickly picked up for sports nutrition purposes, which lead to more clinical evaluations involving sports performance.

A few years after the introduction of creatine monohydrate, Albion developed and introduced a form of magnesium creatine chelate (US patent 6,114,379) which is branded as Creatine MagnaPower®. Magnesium creatine chelate has been found to be a more effective form of creatine in clinical studies, causing us to have extended interest in the benefits and uses of creatine ingredients.