Scientists have known creatine builds muscle since the early 1900s. However, athletes didn’t start using creatine supplements until 1992. Twenty years later, people can’t seem to get enough creatine. In fact, Americans spend $14 million on creatine supplements every year.
As creatine has become increasingly popular, more and more studies have been conducted. The last time anyone counted, there were more than 500 studies exploring the benefits of creatine.
But what are the benefits of creatine? Well, you already know one: creatine builds muscle. Here are 10 more creatine benefits you may not know...
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