Taurine - What's in a Name?

Taurine is an amino acid that supports neurological development and helps regulate the level of water and mineral salts in the blood. Taurine is also thought to have antioxidant properties. Taurine is found naturally in meat, fish and breast milk, and it's commonly available as a dietary supplement.

Taurine may help lower high blood pressure by encouraging the excretion of excess fluid, calming the sympathetic nervous system, and relieving arterial spasms that can cause blood pressure to rise. It helps stabilize blood sugar levels; protects lung and eye health. It is also protects the gallbladder, and may help reduce the risk of gallbladder disease associated with use long-term use of anti-seizure medications.

Some studies suggest that Taurine supplementation may improve athletic performance, which may explain why it is used in many energy drinks.

In one study, people with congestive heart failure who took Taurine supplements three times a day for two weeks showed improvement in their exercise capacity.

Up to 3 grams a day of supplemental Taurine is considered safe. Any excess Taurine is simply excreted by the kidneys. Moderation is important, however. Little is known about the effects of heavy or long-term Taurine use.

TIP: Because the doses of Taurine needed are in gram quantities, you may prefer to purchase a powder form rather than capsules. It is best taken between meals, early morning or bedtime.

CAUTION: Taurine might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking Taurine might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium