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Creatine, CLA strengthen exercise in seniors.


Supplementing with creatine and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) enhances the beneficial effects of exercise training in older subjects. *


Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, recruited 19 men and 20 women aged 65 and older to undergo twice-weekly resistance exercise training. The subjects were randomized to receive creatine, 5 g/day, and CLA, 6 g/day, or a placebo for six months.

At the end of treatment, functional capacity measures, such as walking, balance, sitting, standing, and stair climbing, improved in both groups, though the supplemented group experienced a greater benefit. Compared with placebo, this group also showed significantly better improvement in strength and muscle endurance and a significant increase in fat free mass and loss of body fat.

The researchers concluded that, "creatine monohydrate and CLA can enhance some of the beneficial effects of training over a six month period."


* Tarnopolsky M, Zimmer A, Paikin J, et al. Creatine monohydrate and conjugated linoleic acid improve strength and body composition following resistance exercise in older adults. PLoS ONE. 2007 Oct 3;2(10):e991.
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Title Annotation:IN THE NEWS; conjugated linoleic acid
Author:Dye, Dayna
Publication:Life Extension
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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