Taurine

Taurine is an amino acid-like compound and a component of bile acids, which are used to help absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Taurine also helps regulate the heart beat, maintain cell membrane stability, and prevent brain cell over-activity.

Taurine is found mostly in meat, dairy products and fish. Except for babies, who get their supply of taurine from breast or formula milk, the human body is able to make taurine from another amino acid, cysteine.

What it does

  1. Anti-Hypertensive: Supplemental taurine can inhibit the formation of angiotensin, a blood protein that causes blood pressure elevation. Taurine also plays a major role in regulating the transport of minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium into and out of cardiovascular cells.
  2. Cardiovascular Health: The heart contains a high concentration of taurine where it increases the retention of potassium and magnesium, nutrients needed for electrical stability and regular contractions of the heart.
  3. Cholesterol Reduction: Taurine increases production of a compound that causes more cholesterol to be excreted in the bile.
  4. Liver/Gallbladder Tonic: Taurine is needed to form bile in the liver and allows for more efficient bile excretion. Bile inhibits the formation of cholesterol-based stones forming in the gallbladder.
  5. Anti-Convulsive: Taurine is a neuro-inhibitory amino acid and has a potent anti-convulsant effect. Low concentrations of taurine have been observed in the brains of those suffering with seizure disorders, such as epilepsy.
  6. Eye Protection: Taurine is the most abundant amino acid in the retina and protects the eye from various toxic influences.

Potential Uses

High blood pressure Age related macular degeneration Cataracts
Anxiety and nervous tension Heart arrhythmia Panic attacks
Gallstones Insomnia

Cholesterol

Cautions

Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using Taurine.

People with liver or kidney disease should consult their doctor before taking any high level amino acid or protein supplement.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with Taurine.

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