Strength and muscle mass are two of the most important components for healthy living in older folks. If you don’t have strength, every activity is going to be harder than it should be. So you’ll be happy to know that there are two nutritional supplements that can help you build strength, no matter how old you are.

Canadian researchers divided their study participants – all of them older men – into three groups. One group received a placebo, another group received creatine (a supplement marketed as a muscle-builder), and the third group received creatine and protein. All of the men completed a 10-week strength-training program.

At the end of the study, both groups receiving the creatine increased body mass and muscle thickness. But the creatine-protein group had the greatest increase in lean tissue mass (5.6 percent) and the greatest increase in bench-press strength (25 percent).

So if you are looking to maximize your muscle gains – at any age – consider adding a protein-creatine supplement to your nutrition program.

[Ed. Note: You don’t have to be in your 20s to be fit and strong. Just by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle, you can feel better and live longer.

Fitness expert Craig Ballantyne can help you lose weight and gain muscle mass. Get the details on his Turbulence Training program right here.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com

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