Should Cancer Patients Take Creatine?

The quick answer to this question is NO! However, there is rarely ONLY a quick answer when it comes to cancer and nutrients. Creatine is an organic acid naturally existing in all mammals and is converted into phosphocreatine to provide energy for muscle and nerve tissues. As a nutritional supplement, Creatine has been used to help build muscle tissue and support muscle bulking. While it may seem like a perfect addition to a person with cancer needing to build muscle after they have been devastated by chemotherapy or the negative effects that any cancer can create, one needs to rethink the idea.

Recent studies have revealed the promoting effect of creatine on cancer metastasis, that is, Creatine can make things worse. Creatine can promote invasion and metastasis of pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and possibly others. Thus, Creatine should be avoided.

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Though there have been older studies that contradicted these more recent findings, I believe that there may be other nutritional choices that should be used to help those with muscle atrophy like increasing dietary proteins and nutritional supplements that have been shown to help with cachexia like Copitclear, Berber Clear, Curcu Clear, Astragalus, and Bupleurum in combination with other Chinese herbs.

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