The History of Creatine begins in the lab and doesn’t just end in the gym or football field. Now, this natural supplement, is growing in interest for the medical community. Though just where did it all begin and where are we now?
History of Creatine
In 1832 the french scientist Chevreul discovered a new ingredient of meat to which he gave the name creatine, according to the source from which it was extracted (kreas: greek for flesh). The German scientist Justus von Liebig confirmed that creatine is a regular constituent of flesh. creatine levels in wild animals were 10 times higher compared to captive animals suggesting that physical activity might have an influence on the amount of creatine present in flesh. A meat extract (liebigs fleischextrakt) was the only source for creatine supplementation over the next century.
Anecdotal reports in the early 1990’s suggested that creatine supplementation might improve sport performance. British track and field 1992 Olympic Champions Linford Christie (100 m sprint) and Sally Gunnell (400 m hurdles) reportedly used creatine, as did the Cambridge University rowing team in training for three months before defeating the heavily favored Oxford. Numerous controlled clinical trials followed in the upcoming years proving the benefits of creatine supplementation in different sports.
Growth and acceptance
Many celebrated professional athletes and Olympic Champions acknowledge creatine use and estimated 80% of the athletes at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta used creatine. By the late 1990’s creatine was the most popular sports nutrition in the US. From 1993 Creatine became commercially available and creatine supplementation has become common practice among professional, elite, collegiate and amateur athletes to enhance exercise performance.
Today, creatine is one of the best-studied supplements in the field of sports nutrition and its proven efficacy as an ergogenic substance was reviewed and accepted by numerous authorities. And it has grown from being a simple sports supplement to something more important and mainstream. Improving and maintaining muscle strength in older adults. Creatine is almost exclusively produced and sold in dry powder form, due to its liquid instability. However from BOSSNA™ and our research and development partners, our 60ml BOSSNA™ Workout Shot contains the World’s first liquid stable creatine. This innovation breaks the mould for creatine supplementation and allows the top-up cycle of creatine supplementation to break free of carrying shakers and tubs of creatine to and from the gym.
From 1832 the history of Creatine has come a long way and continues with BOSSNA™ continuous innovation.