Taurine is a type of amino acid that is found in human proteins. It’s concentrated in your brain, eyes, heart, and muscles in particular.
Amino acids are typically referred to as the "building blocks of protein. Taurine isn’t used to produce proteins in your body, instead, it’s classified as a conditionally necessary amino acid, which means it’s only needed when you’re sick or stressed.
Taurine is involved in a number of bodily processes, including:
- controlling the number of cells in the body.
- cell membranes stabilisation
- altering the calcium content of cells
- bile salts production
Although the human body may generate taurine, it is required to get it through food sources or supplementation to maintain optimal levels.
Why do we need taurine?
Taurine is an amino acid that protects cells from harm. Taurine has been suggested as a neurotransmitter in some studies, a chemical messenger that are found in the central nervous system.
In the meantime, human research suggests that taurine may be advantageous in the following situations:
- type 1 diabetes
- type 2 diabetes
- diabetes-induced kidney disease
Potential Health benefits from Taurine-
May fight diabetes-
Taurine’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects may improve insulin sensitivity, lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes and improving blood sugar control in people who already have it.
May improve heart health-
- In persons with cardiac diseases such as heart failure, taurine supplementation have been demonstrated to lower blood pressure, enhance heart function, and lower blood fat levels. It may even help to prevent heart disease at large doses.
May boost exercise performance
- Taurine may help athletes perform better because of its ability to improve muscle contraction and delay muscle exhaustion.
- Taurine’s impacts on athletic performance were found to have various advantages, including
- the body’s ability to absorb more oxygen
- lengthened time to exhaustion
- muscle injury is lessened
- better recovery times
- increased power and strength
May support liver health
- Taurine may protect against both chronic and acute liver damage.