Taurine is a metabolite of the amino acid L-cysteine. Taurine is concentrated in highly active tissues like the brain, retina, skeletal and heart muscle. Taurine helps the nervous system generate impulses and, by stabilizing cell membranes, maximizes the body's response to those impulses.
Taurine can be obtained through the diet through meats, sea vegetables, and fish. Vegetarians who do not consume meat should consider using a taurine supplement.
Taurine for Mood, Energy and Alertness
Taurine helps to regulate and generate nerve impulses; these impulses are responsible for all of our thoughts, moods and actions. In this way, taurine can support a good mood, physical energy and increase alertness without any stimulant properties. This is why taurine is an increasingly common ingredient in energy supplements, brain support products and mood formulas.
Taurine is recommended by some doctors to their patients with congestive heart failure and hypertension. Taurine may also have antioxidant and detoxifying properties.
Use taurine supplements as directed. Dosage varies from 500-3000mg daily. Taurine is available in caplet, tablet and powder form.
Side-Effects and Cautions:
Pregnant/nursing women or individuals with congestive heart failure should consult a physician before using taurine supplements.