Not only minor but also major depressions could be treated with creatine, claim researchers
Not only minor but also major depressions could be treated with creatine, claim researchers. Scientist from 3 South Korean universities and one American (University of Utah) have found that women with MDD (major depressive disorder) who combine their antidepressants with 5 g of creatine are recovering two times faster than those, who are being treated only with drugs.
This new discovery shows that there is one cheaper and more healthier way of dealing with depression.
“If we can get people to feel better more quickly, they’re more likely to stay with treatment and, ultimately, have better outcomes”, said Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A, USTAR professor of psychiatry at the Utah medical school and senior author on the study, quote from timesofindia.
There are still a lot of studies to be made but if they turned out to be 100 per cent proven it will lead to a complete change in the psychological treatments and will also lead to big changes in the citizens of Utah, since the depression rate there is 25 % higher than in any other place in the United States.
How exactly creatine works against depression is not completely discovered yet but Professor Renshaw and his team suggest that the pro-energetic effect of creatine supplementation, including the making of more phosphocreatine is helping for the increased reaction to the antidepressants.
The study was made with 52 South Korean women, aged from 19 to 65 years, who had major depressive disorder. All the women were treated with the antidepressant Lexapro. 25 women from the group were given additionally creatine and the other 27 were given a placebo.
The women that took creatine showed significaly higher improvent of their treatment when compared to the placebo group.