Creatine supplementation may aid patienst with COPD
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a generic term that involves blockage of the airways of the lungs due to lung damage making it difficult to breathe, it is usually caused by smoking. Muscle wasting and muscle dysfunction are strong independent predictors of mortality in patients with COPD. Thirty eight patients with COPD were randomly given either an inactive placebo or 5.7g Creatine Monohydrate in carbohydrate 3 times a day for 2 weeks as a loading-saturation dose. After the two week loading dose patients participated in a rehabilitation program with a once a day dosage of creatine or placebo. Creatine monohydrate improved the lean body mass (muscle) by 1.62Kg, . Muscle performance (such as knee extension strength) and endurance improved vs. placebo. The Creatine improved muscle mass, muscle strength, endurance, and health. The study is published in the July 2005 issue of the journal Thorax.
Green tea Polyphenols decrease the degree of high blood cholesterol induced hardening of the arteries and organ damage in lab study
In this study mice were treated with high cholesterol food with or without the addition of Green tea Polyphenols for 35 weeks - a long time in the life of a mouse.In the mice with no Green tea supplementation there was high blood cholesterol, fatty liver with liver dysfunction, and kidney injury with dysfunction. They also had severe hardening of the aorta, the main artery of the body that carries blood away from the heart to supply it to other arteries. The amount of damage in the Green tea supplemented mice to the artery, the liver, and kidney was much lower. The study is published in the June 2005 issue of the journal Acta Cardiologica.