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NEW HEALTH CLAIM ON CREATINE APPROVED

May 01, 2018

The European Commission has approved the health claim "Daily creatine consumption can enhance the effect of resistance training on muscle strength in adults over the age of 55". 

The claim may be used only for foods targeting adults over the age of 55, who are engaged in regular resistance training.

In order to use the claim, information shall be provided to the consumer that:

  1. The claim is targeting adults over the age of 55, who are engaged in regular resistance training,

  2. The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 3 g of creatine in conjunction with resistance training, which allows an increase in the workload over time and which should be performed at least three times per week for several weeks, at an intensity of at least 65 %-75 % of one repetition maximum load (repetition maximum load is the maximum weight or force an individual can exert in a single lift).

This is the second authorized health claim for creatine. In 2012, the European Commission approved "Creatine increases physical performance in successive bursts of short-term, high intensity exercise". Several other claims have been rejected, among which "Creatine improves mental attentiveness also in the elderly".

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