What is taurine?
Taurine is an amino sulfonic acid that occurs naturally in the body and is used to grow and repair tissues. It is one of the most common amino acids and is found in muscle tissue, the brain, and many other organs.
What are the benefits?
Some researchers call taurine the “wonder molecule”, referring to its many health benefits. These include:
Taurine is commonly used to stimulate metabolism. It is an essential part of metabolism and digestion.
Studies link higher levels of taurine in the body with reduced cholesterol and blood pressure. An adequate level of taurine may prevent strokes and inflammation. Cardiomyopathy is a condition that causes stress on the heart and often leads to congestive heart failure. It has been linked to a lack of taurine in the body.
Muscles need taurine to function properly and prevent muscle damage. Good levels of taurine may also help with neuromuscular disorders, like muscular dystrophy.
As people age, the amount of natural taurine in the brain decreases. Research indicates taurine supplements may promote good long-term memory storage in the brain which could help prevent some neurodegenerative conditions. Studies also indicate that taurine may assist with treatment of neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Taurine helps manage inflammation levels and is commonly taken to prevent hepatitis, the swelling of the liver.
Immune system support
Taurine helps regulate the immune system and antioxidant function.
Maintain body balance
Balance electrolytes in the body and maintain good hydration with the help of taurine.
Taurine helps regulate mineral levels, such as calcium, in cells.
Studies have found that taurine is the most common amino acid found in the eye and it helps prevent damage to the eye tissues. Not enough taurine in the body could lead to eye problems like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Nervous system assistance
Taurine is known to support nerve growth and calm the nervous system.
Studies indicate taurine may improve blood sugar control and may possibly help prevent type 2 diabetes. While more research is needed, scientists note that people with diabetes tend to have lower levels of taurine.
Overall body support
Although more research needs to be done to determine effectiveness, taurine is often taken to boost energy and support athletic performance. It also may help with fatigue, muscle soreness, cystic fibrosis, autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and seizures. Studies also suggest taking taurine supplements can improve some bodily functions, such as eyesight and hearing.
How can I get taurine?
Taurine is created naturally in the body, although some people cannot make it and get their taurine from diet and supplements. It is commonly added to infant formula.
Taurine can be found in foods such as meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. Many energy drinks contain taurine but also have high sugar content and caffeine, both of which can provide negative side effects.
Taurine can be taken as a dietary supplement and is one of the main ingredients found in ENP’s liquid Enhanced Focus, designed to calm overactive nerves and enhance mood and focus. Enhanced Focus is commonly used as an herbal option to increase attention span and concentration, manage stress, and prevent brain fog.
ENP's liquid Peak Vision supplement also features taurine to assist with optimal eye health. Peak Vision is suggested for those noticing reduced vision, eye fatigue, or glare sensitivity. It can help those seeking to maintain proper circulation and fluid pressure in the eyes, reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts, and protect against dangerous free radicals.
Taurine is a type of amino acid, essential for many body functions, and referred to by some researchers as a “wonder molecule”.
Many of the benefits of taurine are not fully understood and still in research stages but taking taurine supplements can be a safe and cost-effective way to gain many possible health benefits.
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