Taurine is an amino acid that in 1827 was isolated from ox bile by German scientists Friedrich Tiedemann and Leopold Gmelin. Its name originates from the latin word taurus, which means “bull”. The discovery of taurine was not deemed important until 1970 when was discovered that taurine is an essential element in a cat’s diet. Taurine deficiency led to irreversible blindness and cased serious heart problems in cats.
Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid, even though it is not utilized in protein synthesis its importance for the human body is undeniable.
Let me introduce myself, I’m Taurine!
Taurine is a conditionally essential and highly bioactive amino acid that is necessary for overall health.
Taurine is a “cytoprotector”. Its main function is to protect cells from harmful agents.
Taurine helps to stabilize and protect the work of cellular membranes by regulating the transportation of nutrients and electrolytes through them. For example, it regulates the ion flow through cell membranes in the heart. It is capable of regulating (lowering or increasing as necessary) calcium and magnesium levels inside cells and sodium in the organism in general.
- Plays a vital role as a neurotransmitter or as a neuromodulator by increasing or decreasing the levels of the impulses in the central nervous system.
- Is a part of Taurocholic acid and is the main component of bile.
- Has antioxidant properties
Taurine in the body
Taurine is found in almost every vital organ of the body, regardless of a person’s age.
Taurine can be found in the developing tissue of the brain in very high concentrations.
A child’s brain contains up to 4 times the amount of taurine than does an adult’s.
Taurine makes up 40-50% of the amino acids, which are found in the retina and over 50% of the amino acids that are found in the heart muscle.
Taurine is a part of one of the bile’s main components.
A lot of taurine is found in lymphocytes, leukocytes and platelets – white blood cells that help to protect our bodies.
The role of taurine
Taurine improves circulation and metabolism in the heart muscle.
Taurine helps to reduce “bad cholesterol” in the blood.
Taurine protects healthy cells from free radicals.
Taurine helps to maintain levels of vitamin C, E and glutathione.
Taurine is important for the functioning of the biliary system.
• helps to improve brain function, learning and retention
• protects the eyes
• strengthens bones and improves the circulatory system
• Improves vitamin absorption
• helps to prevent diabetes
• participates in the breakdown and absorption of lipids.
• Boosts the immune system
• has a positive effect on mental health
Taurine levels in our bodies
Taurine, is derived from the amino acids methionine and cysteine with the help of vitamin В6 . However, sometimes taurine levels in our bodies can be decreased due to
• radiation treatment or chemotherapy
• problems with the intestinal tract
• excessive drinking and/or smoking
• estrogen replacement therapy
Taurine is involved in:
– Fast development and growth in infants
– Protection of the heart during training
Did you know that within 4 days after giving birth the taurine levels in the mother’s breast milk significantly increases!
This is because taurine is very important for the fast development and growth of an infant’s body.
Taurine’s effect on athletic performance is still being researched.
However, even now studies show that intense exercise may effect some muscle cells in the heart and taurine can help to protect this vital organ in our body and improve recovery from training.
«Hidden» taurine deficiency
The synthesis of the taurine in the body decreases after 40. The concentration of it in the blood cells and plasma of seniors drops by at least 50%.
In case of taurine deficiency, various processes where Taurine is involved slow down or even stop altogether.
The body will start to use its taurine reserves, which will result in subtle dysfunctions on a cellular level and in the end will affect whole organs.
Adding taurine in the everyday diet will help to avoid:
- heart failure and arrhythmia
- vision problems and diseases (cataracts)
- weakening of skeletal muscles
- acute and chronic stresses, memory loss, sleep deprivation
- problems with the liver and pancreas (lipid and sugar digestion, cholesterol surplus)
- weakening of the immune system
Caffeine > Helps to constrict blood vessels, increase blood pressure.
Taurine > Helps to protect the heart.
– Fast carbs
– Group B vitamins
Energy drinks are now commonly used when you need some extra invigoration or mental alertness.
How do they work?
The contents of an energy drink act as a key that unlocks the body’s energy reserves. They don’t give you energy, rather they suck the energy out of you. In effect, you are borrowing energy from yourself and at one point you will have to return the loan in the form of fatigue, insomnia, nervous breakdowns, irritability and depression.
Where to get taurine?
The recommended daily intake of taurine is 400 mg.
Taurine is found in meat and fish. The sources of taurine are almost entirely of animal origin. The best sources are marine invertebrates (mollusks, squid, oysters, shrimp).
As a dietary supplement, take one capsule per day with a meal, or as recommended by your health care practitioner. Continue taking for 1 month or as needed.
If pregnant or nursing, please consult your healthcare practitioner before taking this product. Discontinue use if you experience any adverse effects.
Calcium-Magnesium and Taurine
People who are deficient in either Magnesium or Taurine are at a greater risk for depression. Taking these nutrients together can help to abolish stress and calm the nervous system.
Taurine is for everyone.
In low dosage (as a preventative measure) taurine is completely harmless. When taking therapeutically, the dose is considerably higher – up to 3g/day.
It is important to rectify any taurine deficiencies in the body, because there is no other nutrient can replace the important functions performed by taurine.
Taurine is beneficial for:
- the elderly
- people with heart problems
- people who spend a lot of time on the computer or reading
- people who smoke or drink a lot of coffee.
Taurine is for everyone!
Coral Taurine – 60 capsules
Each capsule contains: taurine 600 mg
Other ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, water.