Taurine is a non-protein amino acid, i.e. it does not build muscle proteins. It occurs in a free state in tissues and bloodstream. This is the second most common amino acid in muscles after glutamine. One of its most-known properties is to help in muscle recovery after training. Taurine inhibits catabolism in the muscles and increases anabolism. It helps people, who exercise build muscle tissue easier and regenerate the body after training. However, taurine has many more important functions for the body. This amino acid is important for the proper functioning of the heart and circulatory system. Animal studies have shown that taurine can reduce the risk of heart failure by up to 80%. In addition, it lowers heart pressure. One of the most important functions of taurine is regulating the work of excitable brain tissues, which are responsible, inter alia, for convulsive seizures that are a characteristic symptom of epilepsy. This is most likely because taurine indirectly affects the level and regularity of GABA – an important neurotransmitter.Taurine has a positive effect on liver function, increases the protection of this organ against the influence of toxins, oxidative stress or other harmful factors. In addition, it improves fat metabolism and protects against the diabetes.Taurine can also reverse the effects of biochemical processes that affect hearing impairment or eliminate tinnitus completely. Taurine restores the normal flow of calcium ions in the auditory cells, which results in improved hearing.Furthermore, proper level of taurine in the body can protect the eyes against gradual deterioration of eyesight due to aging.
Sources of taurine in the body:
Taurine can be found in natural products such as turkey meat, fish, oysters, whey, peas, lentils.
Supplementation with taurine:
Supplements which contain taurine:
Taurine 500 mg, 100 capsules (Swanson) – product available here
Taurine 100% powder 100g (Bulk Powder) – product available here
You should not combine taurine with psychotropic drugs. Taurine should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, people with allergies to dietary proteins and those suffering from bipolar disorder.