What is Taurine?
Taurine, also known as 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid, was first discovered in ox bile, and therefore was named after Taurus the bull. It is a non-essential amino acid, meaning that in certain conditions your body can make it. It is found in abundantly is meat fish and scallops. It is a sulphur containing amino acid.
What does it do in the body?
Taurine is an amino acid that is naturally occurring. Amino acids work together and are the building blocks for new structures. Taurine is found abundantly in cell membranes, the brain, heart, gall bladder, eyes and blood vessels where it is used in the structure of cell membranes. Taurine is involved in a wide range of biological processes and is added to some of the most popular energy drinks.
Why do I need Taurine?
A 70kg person, has about 70g of Taurine throughout their body. Some vegetarian or vegan diets lack adequate amounts of Taurine, and ageing bodies, struggle to make enough, and therefore, dietary or supplemental Taurine is required.
How do I take Taurine supplements?
Taurine is available as a amino acid in a capsule. It is also available in amino acid blends. If you are wanting to use Taurine as a therapeutic agent, it is best to take it on an empty stomach which a carbohydrate snack such as a piece of fruit. Proteins which are broken down into amino acids compete for absorption with each other, so taking it away from protein allows your body to utilise more Taurine. Dosage range from 90-2000mg