Taurine is known as an amino acid, but is not used to establish proteins as building blocks within the body. Taurine is a little different in that it is found in the retinas, heart, platelets in our blood cells, and cells in the brain. Taurine is commonly found in fish, meat and eggs, and we get a lot of the Taurine we need from our diet. We also produce taurine from other amino acids in our body. Taurine supplements are useful for those who need more taurine for conditions such as liver inflammation and congestive heart failure, as well as diabetes.
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All you need to know about Taurine
What are the benefits of taurine?
Taurine is a very important amino acid for heart and brain health and function. It also helps to support the nervous system, and can aid those with serious heart conditions (such as those with congestive heart failure), by lowering blood pressure. Taurine can help people with this condition to exercise, and can improve symptoms. Taurine can also help swelling of the liver associated with conditions like hepatitis, as well as general liver function. Speak to your GP if you think you may need more taurine in your diet.
Is taurine in energy drinks?
Taurine is included in some energy drinks because it has a direct stimulating effect on mental and physical performance. It can help to increase a person's capacity to exercise, especially if they have a condition that prevents them from doing so. It can therefore be used to help people reach exercise goals and to provide energy.
How long should I take taurine for?
You should always consult your doctor before taking supplements and including them in your diet. Taurine is safe when mixed with food for up to three months. You shouldn't take taurine for longer than this without speaking to your GP.
Are there any medications I can't take with taurine?
Taurine can have an effect on how the body removes lithium from its system, which in turn can affect how much lithium there is in the body. This could be dangerous, so it is very important to speak to your GP to see if your lithium dose needs to be changed if you take taurine.