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Creatine: Is This Fitness Supplement Worth the Hype?

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  • Creatine is a naturally occurring amino acid (not a steroid) that’s found in meat and fish, although it is also made by the human body in the liver, kidneys and pancreas
  • Creatine is typically used by body builders and competitive athletes
  • Read this page to learn more on how creatine works and what the studies say about this particular supplement

First discovered by a French scientist named Chevreul in 1835, creatine is named after the Greek word for "flesh," or "kreas." It wasn't until 1847 that creatine was first linked to its potential effects on muscle tissue. Eventually, other studies focusing on creatine were conducted by Roger Harris, Ph.D., and Alfred Chanutin from the 1920s to the 1990s. Continue reading to learn more about the potential benefits and uses of creatine.


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