Despite popular legend, L-Taurine is not extracted from ox or bulls. It is a conditionally essential amino acid commonly found in meat, fish, and dairy. Although taurine is one of the few amino acids not part of proteins, it is one of the most abundant amino acids contained in organs throughout the body.
Taurine may support increased exercise performance. Studies have reviewed supplementing taurine and its impact on endurance and fighting fatigue. Taurine seems to support removal of waste products from working muscles that can cause early fatigue, blunt muscle burn, and protect from oxidative stress. Protection from oxidative stress can support a reduction in exercise induced muscular damage and less muscle soreness.
Hydration has taken center stage in recent years and this amino acid might give hydration an edge. Taurine can help with cellular electrolyte balance and support proper hydration. It acts as an osmoregulator where it supports the flux of potassium, calcium and magnesium into cells while limiting cellular levels of sodium. Supplementing with taurine can keep electrolyte ratios in proper balance.
Because taurine acts as a osmolyte and an antioxidant agent it can also support heart health. Some research has shown a link between higher taurine consumption and increased blood flow, reduced artery wall stiffness, reduction in blood pressure, and lower cholesterol levels. So not only does taurine support performance, it could also support general wellness.
Taurine can also help you wind down at night. It can bind to GABA receptors in the brain that play a role in calming down and controlling the central nervous system. Activation of GABA receptors can also help calm anxiety and lesson mental stressors that might promote better sleep.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for the benefits taurine can have. Keep an eye out for taurine included in dietary supplements. It can be a great tool to support multiple benefits.
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