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Revealing Taurine

Filed Under: Supplements at 11:07 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Taurine comes from the Latin work taurus (bull)

Energy drinks are one of the hottest supplements these days because people struggle to keep up with multiple activities, lacking energy to work, exercise and maintain their busy lifestyle.

The majority of these drinks contain taurine, used as a functional food not only in energy drinks but also in many energy products. However, boosting energy is not the only reason taurine is added to energy products.

Taurine is a semi-essential amino acid-like compound and plays an important role in metabolism in the human body. It’s found in heart muscle, white blood cells, central nervous system and skeletal muscle.

Taurine is a component of bile, which is needed for digestion of fats and controls of cholesterol levels. In fact, it gets its name from the Latin word “Taurus”, which means bull, as the substance was first isolated from ox bile in 1827.

Furthermore, taurine supplements can help to lower blood pressure and control the movement of minerals such as potassium, sodium and magnesium. It’s an antioxidant and it can reinforce the immune system.

Taurine is found in eggs, dairy products, fish, and meats. It’s a building block of all other amino acids and it functions in the brain and heart to help stabilize cell membranes.

It plays in an important role in nitric oxide production, a gas that is present each time a muscle contract and blood vessels dilates. As a result, taurine supplementation is essential for body builders and people working out with focus on muscle gain.

 2 Comments, latest by Judy

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2 Responses to “Revealing Taurine”

  1. Rasheedah says:

    I have utilized Taurine in my son’s regimen (Traumatic Brain Injury of the left frontal lobe)along with other Amino Acids (essential and non essential). He went back to school, he is not on any seizure medications.

    Now on the other hand, somehow, after having what I experienced as Flu like symptons after running a Lake in New Jersey on Jan 1,2006 when the temperature was a mild 60 degrees when it should have been freezing. One week after that date I started having seizures in my sleep late at night. I was taking supplements and vitamins off an on since then. My seizures began to occur more often.

    I have researched and read many health and nutritional periodicals and medical/clinical trials for information regarding seizures and Keppra. Taurine (powdered), L-Glutamine (powdered), L-Carnitine (liquid from Italy), L-Tyrosine (powdered), which I use with other supplements and vitamins have reduced my seizures. My last hospitalization was 06/28/09 where I was admitted to ICU. I am 62 year old and must bear withness that this Amino Acid has helped me reduce my seizures. I have not have one since then. Praise the Creator.

  2. Judy says:

    Hi, have you found a relationship between keppra and low taurine levels?

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