L-Taurine, Taurine

Taurine is classified as a non-essential amino acid produced in the liver from the intake of other amino acids, such as methionine, cysteine, and vitamin B6. It is one of the most abundant amino acids in the human body, mainly in the central nervous system, in skeletal muscles, in the heart and brain, as well as in the intestines. It acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in conjunction with glycine and gamma-aminobutyric acid and also works as an emulsifier of lipids in the small intestine, promoting their intestinal absorption.

  • Origin: Animal Product, Synthetic, Nonessential
  • Source: Meat, Fish, Beans, Beetroot, Walnuts, Nonessential, Synthetic
  • Type: Amino Acids
  • Age Range: Adults
  • Toxicity: Not toxic
  • Outcomes: Muscle Health, Muscular Endurance

What are Taurine benefits?

Taurine, also known as L-taurine, is a sulfur-containing amino acid not involved in protein synthesis, but ubiquitous in the body, especially concentrated in the brain, eyes, heart, and muscles. Unlike most other amino acids, taurine is not used to build proteins. Instead, it is classified as a conditionally essential amino acid. It is worth noting that taurine has several health benefits, such as a lower risk of disease, improved cardiovascular function, better sports performance, and the development and function of the brain, retina, and skeletal muscle. In addition, taurine can maintain proper hydration and electrolyte balance in cells, aids in the formation of bile salts, which play an important role in digestion, regulate minerals such as calcium within cells, supports the overall function of the central nervous system and eyes, and helps regulate immune system health and antioxidant function. Taurine is also being heavily researched as an anti-diabetic compound due to its actions on organs in the body of most concern to diabetics (kidneys, eyes, nerve health), as well as controlling blood sugar while reducing some forms of insulin resistance.

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Muscle Health Taurine and Muscle Health

The muscles are responsible for body movement, stabilization, regulation of organs, substance transportation and production of heat in addition to being strongly associated with the circulatory and nervous systems. Muscle quality is essential for well being. Supplements that help keep muscles healthy are related to different factors, such as glucose and insulin regulation, protein synthesis, energy metabolism, and others.
  • Muscular Endurance

    It is about the capacity of a muscle to repeatedly exercise during a set of movements. Compounds that improve power output are the ones which also have antifatigue effects.

Table of negative interactions

Meat, Shellfish

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