Taurine


Taurine

Overview

Taurine is an important substance for the brain. The synthesis by the body is limited, which means that sufficient intake of taurine through the diet or a dietary supplement is necessary. Taurine is mainly present in seafood, fish, poultry and meat. As a result, vegetarians and vegans often have a reduced taurine status.



Mechanism

Taurine is incorrectly considered an energy supplier. Taurine does not provide physical energy but brings mental and physical peace. Taurine prevents overstimulation of nerve cells and brings peace to the brain, skeletal muscles and heart. This promotes thinking ability during mental stress and reduces the risk of palpitations (arrhythmias) during exciting actions. Too much taurine, however, can cause nausea, dizziness and headaches.


Benefits

  • Prevents overstimulation of nerve cells
  • Promotes thinking ability during mental stress

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References

  • Curran CP, Marczinski CA. Taurine, caffeine, and energy drinks: Reviewing the risks to the adolescent brain. Birth Defects Res. 2017 Dec 1;109(20):1640-1648.
  • Fujita T, Ando K, Noda H, Ito Y, Sato Y. Effects of increased adrenomedullary activity and taurine in young patients with borderline hypertension. Circulation. 1987 Mar;75(3):525-32.
  • Sun Q, Wang B, Li Y, Sun F, Li P, Xia W, Zhou X, Li Q, Wang X, Chen J, Zeng X, Zhao Z, He H, Liu D, Zhu Z. Taurine Supplementation Lowers Blood Pressure and Improves Vascular Function in Prehypertension: Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Hypertension. 2016 Mar;67(3):541-9.

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