Creatine: Procurement and Supply Chain Lessons From Weight Lifting Supplements (Part 4)

Procurement

As we continue our series comparing weight lifting supplements to procurement and supply chain strategies, we take a happier turn from our last installment on diuretic pills. (See also the previous Ultimate Orange and introductory posts on the topic.) Today we come to creatine, a weight lifting supplement Richard succinctly describes as a miracle: “this stuff is absolutely G-D-sent.”

Richard equates a scoop of creatine with a good, 12 ounce steak — with all of the benefits of pure protein extract without the downside, such as fat or cholesterol. Of course, chiming in here as the vegan of the two of us, I might suggest another benefit, as well: creatine, at least when the formulation does not include other substances, is not animal-based.

Our body naturally creates creatine, but by taking an artificial dose, you recover faster. Specifically, it enables more blood to pump to recovering muscle cells, which in turn creates a virtuous cycle. Since repaired muscle cells possess greater increases in volume/capacity than prior to the “tear down” process, they retain glucose (or glycogen) longer. This means you don't have that depleted feeling after a kickass workout, which helps you get back in the gym the very next day versus taking a day or two off afterwards. (Or weeks, as we’re already getting lazy around the holidays.)

We’ve not seen any clinical studies on long-term, adverse reactions or health risks from creatine, but don’t take our word for it at face value. (We’re just amateurs at this thing, after all.) Still, it definitely appears safer than the other supplements we’ve covered so far. But consult a professional trainer, doctor or dietician before trying it.

Procurement Connection

The best comparison we can think of for creatine in procurement is good supplier management data that informs a range of processes — from analytics (more complete datasets) to sourcing (a better understanding of the total cost of relationships) to transactional buying (more informed end-users, such as around sustainability or diversity).

Creatine, like good supplier management data, creates a cycle of better performance. And as with better information, it doesn’t target any one part of the body but rather improves the whole.

So what are you waiting for this holiday season? Put your plan in place for January to not just hit the procurement and supply chain gym and take off some excess pounds (spend) but also to pump up your performance by putting better supplier data at the heart of key procurement and supply chain processes.

And as for the creatine? We’ll leave that to you.

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