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Taurine is a naturally occurring amino acid that promotes whole-body health across cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Its wellness benefits include:

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What is Taurine?

Taurine is an amino acid that the human body can synthesize in small amounts from raw materials including vitamin B6 and other amino acids such as cysteine and methionine. The amino acid can also be obtained from dietary sources such as mother’s milk, fish and meat. Scientists have studied taurine for almost 200 years; it was first isolated from ox bile in 1827 and was later named after the Latin phrase for ox, Bos taurus. In addition to being one of the more highly concentrated amino acids found in the heart, brain and nervous system, it is present in eyes, muscles and bones. It supports health across all these tissues and pathways.**

Recent research has focused on taurine’s cardioprotective biological activities. The amino acid plays a role in regulating blood sugar and insulin levels, and also modulates blood pressure by interacting with GABA(A) receptors. It also appears to promote the liver’s bile salt production, which may influence fat metabolism and normal cholesterol maintenance. Additional research suggests that, when combined with the amino acid L-arginine, it helps to stabilize and support a healthy heartbeat. The very same amino acid combination increases nitric oxide in the bloodstream, helping to open constricted blood vessels, encourage circulation and support normal blood pressure.**

This amino acid’s ability to promote nitric oxide may also hold potential for athletes seeking to optimize blood and nutrient delivery to muscle tissues. Further research suggests that it supports athletic performance by promoting healthy physical energy levels and stamina. It is often found in pre-workout sports nutrition products designed to encourage peak performance in the gym.**

This amino acid’s nutritional support for the nervous system is believed to sharpen attention span, improve memory and enhance verbal skills. It also plays a vital role in visual health, exerting protective antioxidant effects on the eye’s retina.**

Taurine Supplements

Supplements of this amino acid are typically presented in capsules, tablets or powder form. It is sometimes combined with caffeine, B vitamins, amino acids, and other sports nutrients in supplement powders and drinks intended to fuel athletic and cognitive performance.**

Taurine Directions for Use

Consult your health care provider before adding this or any supplement to your health regimen. There is no standard recommended amount; doses range from 1 g to 2 g per serving.**