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.
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
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 condition.*
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 in humans.
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).
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 levels.
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
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
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