The results of my n=1 creatine study are in and the findings are overwhelming. In every measured category (Speed, Flexibility, Problem Solving, Attention and memory) my 12 day average scores were higher with creatine. It is also worth noting that I made on average 50% fewer errors. I am not a vegetarian, which, as Jolly mentioned, is important to note.
There are some important considerations to make with this data however. First, there is a natural linear progression associated with increased mastery of specific brain games. Since I ran the creatine study after the control study, my results could simply be attributed to this natural progression. Although I haven’t done linear regression analysis on the data, from what I can tell, these results are still statistically significant.
The other more important limitation which I cannot help but think played a major role is the placebo effect. I had a major jump in training scores from day one. It seems unlikely that Creatine had sufficient time to get into my bloodstream and to my muscles and/or brain a few hours after taking it. For this reason I’m considering running a blinded trial on myself and repeating this experiment at a later date.
In any case, It’s nice to know that taking creatine has such a boost on my brain function. Even if it is the placebo effect, I may go ahead and take it before an important talk or a big test. In terms of supplements it’s about as safe as they get.
If any of you are interested in my raw data or in running your own creatine study, feel free to contact me.