LifeSource Vitamins Taurine – Free Form, is mainly found free in most
tissues, especially throughout the nervous system. It functions in
tissues by stabilizing cell membranes, aiding the transport of
potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium in and out of cells. Taurine
helps to generate and regulate nerve impulses and aids in the
maintenance of fluid balance; it is also used by the body in visual
pathways, as well as in the brain and nervous system, where it works
together with glycine and GABA as a neurotransmitter.
Taurine and Your Gym Workout
As a non-essential amino acid, TAURINE is one of the most abundant amino
acids in the body which can be found in the central nervous system, white
blood cells, the brain, and skeletal muscles. It can help improve exercise
performance and body composition.
Improves Mental Focus*
Potent Energy Source*
Improves Body Composition*
Regulates Oxidative Stress*
Similar to Glutamine, TAURINE can also be considered a conditionally
essential amino acid as during times of extreme physical exhaustion the
body does not produce enough and supplementation is required.
Similar to Creatine, TAURINE draws water in muscle cells and acts as a cell
volumizer; this, in turn, draws additional nutrients for recovery and
growth; increasing cell volume and enhancing muscle fullness.
TAURINE plays a role in Nitric Oxide production for greater oxygen supply
and nutrient delivery. This mechanism may enhance the workout session and
lead to a more rigorous workout.
Taurine is classified as a conditionally essential amino acid but is not
utilized for protein synthesis. The human body normally creates enough
taurine on its own for typical everyday needs. But supplementation is
highly recommended when one partakes in exercise, physical activity, or if
Taurine functions in the tissues by stabilizing cell membranes, aiding the
transportation of potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium in and out of
cells. It also helps in the regulation of muscle contractions, water
balance, and energy levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Benefits of
Taurine: Increase in physical endurance and reaction speed of physical
processes. It increases mental concentration and alertness and can improve
your overall sense of well-being.*
There's some evidence that taurine may protect against diabetes and
diabetes-related complications. In a 2006 report from Current Opinion in
Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, for instance, researchers analyzed
findings from preliminary research and found that taurine may help prevent
the onset of type 2 diabetes.*
Published in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews in 2001, an earlier
report indicates that taurine supplementation shows promise in the
prevention of certain diabetes-related complications (such as
High Blood Pressure
Taurine may help treat high blood pressure, according to a 2002 report
published in Amino Acids. Looking at data from preliminary research, the
report's authors found that taurine supplementation may lead to significant
decreases in blood pressure. However, due to the lack of large clinical
trials testing taurine's effects on blood pressure, taurine supplements
cannot currently be recommended as a treatment for high blood pressure.*
Preliminary research suggests that taurine may help combat heart disease,
according to a 2008 research review from Experimental and Clinical
Cardiology. The review's authors note that taurine may help offer a number
of cardiovascular benefits (such as protection against hardening of the
arteries), but caution that more research is needed before taurine
supplements can be recommended for the prevention or treatment of any heart
In a more recent study, scientists discovered that taurine supplements may
help reduce levels of homocysteine (an amino acid shown to raise heart
disease risk when detected at elevated levels). Published in Advances in
Experimental Medicine and Biology in 2009, the study involved 22 healthy
middle-aged women. After four weeks of taking 3 grams of taurine in
supplement form daily, study participants showed a significant decrease in
Preliminary findings from animal-based research suggest that taurine may
offer anxiety relief. For example, a 2006 study from Pharmacology,
Biochemistry, and Behavior found that rats treated with taurine experienced
a significant decrease in anxiety.
To date, there is a lack of studies testing taurine's anti-anxiety effects
Taurine is an amino sulfonic acid, but it is often referred to as an amino
acid, a chemical that is a required building block of protein. Taurine is
found in large amounts in the brain, retina, heart, and blood cells called
platelets. The best food sources are meat and fish.
You may see taurine referred to as “a conditional amino acid,” to
distinguish it from “an essential amino acid.” A “conditional amino acid”
can be manufactured by the body, but an “essential amino acid” cannot be
made by the body and must be provided by the diet. People who, for one
reason or another, cannot make taurine, must get all the taurine they need
from their diet or supplements. For example, supplementation is necessary
in infants who are not breastfed because their ability to make taurine is
not yet developed and cow's milk does not provide enough taurine. So
taurine is often added to infant formulas. People who are being tube-fed
often need taurine as well, so it is added to the nutritional products that
they use. Excess taurine is excreted by the kidneys.
Some people take taurine supplements as medicine to treat congestive heart
failure (CHF), high blood pressure, liver disease (hepatitis), high
cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), and cystic fibrosis. Other uses include
seizure disorders (epilepsy), autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD), eye problems (disorders of the retina), diabetes, and
alcoholism. It is also used to improve mental performance and as an
antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells of the body from damage that
results from certain chemical reactions involving oxygen (oxidation).
How does it work?
Researchers aren’t exactly sure why taurine seems to help congestive heart
failure (CHF). There is some evidence that it improves the function of the
left ventricle, one of the chambers of the heart. Taurine might also
improve heart failure because it seems to lower blood pressure and calm the
sympathetic nervous system, which is often too active in people with high
blood pressure and CHF. The sympathetic nervous system is the part of the
nervous system that responds to stress.
As Stated on Wise Geek:
Aside from its known functions in the body, many additional benefits have
been claimed, although, as of 2013, some of these have yet to be proven. It
may reduce high blood pressure in adults and is being tested as a potential
treatment for bipolar depression. Studies on mice have shown that taking
supplements while on a high-fat diet kept them from gaining weight. In
other studies, diabetic rats lost weight and showed lower blood sugar
There is evidence to suggest that this compound may help relieve the
symptoms associated with congestive heart failure (CHF), a condition that
reduces the heart’s ability to pump blood through the body. Studies have
also suggested that it improves liver function in people suffering from
some forms of viral hepatitis. Many people may be familiar with this
substance as a health supplement, and it is used in a variety of products.
Bodybuilders take it as a supplement coupled with creatine, which may help
in reducing muscle fatigue and soreness.
Researchers at a well-known UK university claim that taurine may counteract
the effects of heavy drinking on the liver because it prevents fat from
building up in the organ. There is some concern, however, that this
well-publicized finding may act as a disincentive for heavy drinkers to cut
down their alcohol intake. There seems to be a popular belief that
taurine-rich energy drinks may be the perfect “morning after” treatment
after a night of heavy drinking.
LifeSource Vitamins - Taurine helps to generate and regulate nerve impulses
and aids in the maintenance of fluid balance; it is also used by the body
in visual pathways, as well as in the brain and nervous system.*
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