|Proprietary blend: Taurine
|Taurine is an amino acid that plays a myriad of roles in promoting health. Dietary sources
of taurine are meat and seafood, especially shellfish such as muscles, clams and oysters.
Because taurine is essential for heart function, immune function, glucose metabolism,
and nervous system health, low levels of taurine should be avoided and corrected with
dietary changes and/or supplementation.
Taurine is one of the most important nutrients for promoting heart health. Taurine
strengthens the heart muscle and plays a major role in regulating the heart's contractility
(1). Taurine also acts as a natural diuretic by keeping potassium and magnesium inside
cells and keeping excess sodium out. Unlike prescription diuretics, taurine is not a cellular
poison and it does not act against the kidneys. In fact, taurine has been proposed for
treatment of kidney disorders (2). By encouraging the excretion of excess fluid, taurine
helps to alleviate pressure on the blood vessels. Additionally, taurine increases circulation
and stabilizes blood pressure by dampening the sympathetic nervous system, which when
overactive constricts blood vessels.
Taurine helps stabilize blood sugar in both Type I and Type II diabetes. Taurine appears to
do this by potentiating the activity of the insulin receptor. For those with Type I diabetes, a
daily dose 1.5 grams keeps blood sugar lower over the long term and reduces abnormal
platelet activity (3). For those with Type II diabetes, taurine improves cellular sensitivity to
insulin. Diabetics should use taurine under medical supervision, as taurine may reduce
the need for blood sugar lowering medication.
Taurine's calming effects on cell membranes make it useful in the management of
epilepsy (4). Taurine may offer benefit for those with macular degeneration. A deficiency of
taurine increases damage to the retinas of both animals and human (5).
To break down fats, the body needs bile. Bile is made in the liver with the help of glycine or
taurine. With optimal taurine intake, bile remains in a liquid state and is less likely to form
gallstones. Additionally, people with cystic fibrosis can digest fats more successfully when
taking taurine supplements (6)
Few adverse reactions are associated with taurine supplementation. Most people tolerate
between 1 and 4 grams per day well. However, those with ulcers should use taurine
carefully because taurine may increase the secretion of stomach acid. If you have a
medical condition, please take taurine with the guidance of your health care practitioner, as
taurine may change or reduce your need for certain medications.
1. Chapman RA, Suleiman MS, Earm YE. Taurine and the heart. Cardiovasc Res
2. Trachtman. Amino Acids. 1996;11:1-13.
3. Franconi F, Bennardini F, Mattana A, et al. Plasma and platelet taurine are reduced in
subjects with insulin- dependent diabetes mellitus: effects of taurine
supplementation. Am J Clin Nutr 1995;61(5):1115-9.
4. Collins BW, Goodman HO, Swanton CH, Remy CN. Plasma and urinary taurine in
epilepsy. Clin Chem 1988;34(4):671-5.
5. Lombardini JB. Taurine: retinal function. Brain Res Brain Res Rev 1991;16(2):151-69.
6. Smith LJ, Lacaille F, Lepage G, Ronco N, Lamarre A, Roy CC. Taurine decreases fecal
fatty acid and sterol excretion in cystic fibrosis. A randomized doubleblind
trial. Am J Dis Child 1991;145(12):1401-4.
|Price: $ 20.00
Serving Per Bottle:
Approx. 25 Servings
As a dietary supplement, take
2 or 3 capsules two times a day.
|*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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