Although creatine has
just recently blossomed in America, its roots go back to the 1800s.
A French scientist
named Chevreul, who named it after the Greek word for flesh,
discovered creatine in 1832.
In 1923 scientists
discovered the average human body contained over 100 grams of creatine
- and of that 100 grams, 95 are stored in muscle tissue.
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It was not until 1926
that the first scientific study was published about the bodybuilding
effects of creatine. The Journal of Biological Chemistry indicated
that creatine promoted weight gain and increased nitrogen balance,
which is associated with muscle growth.
In the late 1980s Dr.
Eric Hultman from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, introduced the
practice of creatine loading.
However, it was not
until 1992 that Hultman's discovery was peer reviewed and published in
the journal of Clinical Science. It is a shame that Hultman didn't
patent this practice. He could be a millionaire today.
Applied Sciences (EAS) researcher Anthony Almada performed the first
major creatine testing in the United States in 1994 at the Texas
Women's University. Almada's tests showed an increase in body weight,
which was lean body mass (fat-free mass) and based on results from the
bench press, students noticed an increase in strength.
Over the past four
years many Universities nation wide have performed numerous tests with
The results from
these tests have shown improvements in strength, recuperation; speed
in the 100, 200, and 400 meter sprints, and possibly accelerates fat
shows that creatine works. Just ask any of your friends who take or
have taken creatine. They can tell you for themselves.