Because it can cross the blood-brain barrier, Taurine acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, calming over-excited neurons and neurological symptoms, protecting against glutamate toxicity, and aiding in magnesium intracellular transport. It helps with the absorption of calcium. Taurine is also essential in helping the body form the bile salts sodium taurocholate and sodium taurochenode-oxycholate, which are important for the digestion of fats. Taurine is part of normal adipose tissue regulation in the body.*
- Provides key component of bile*
- Protects heart and brain*
- Promotes a calm relaxed mood*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Product Code: 00158 Capsules per Bottle: 100
Each size 1 vegetarian cellulose capsule contains:
What is Taurine?
Taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid) is an abundant, free sulfur-containing β-amino acid that is essential in the formation of bile salts, which are important for the digestion of fats and adipose tissue regulation. It can also cross the blood-brain barrier, where it acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Taurine can calm over-excited neurons and neurological symptoms, protect the body against glutamate toxicity, aid in the intracellular transport of magnesium, and help with the absorption of calcium.
Taurine deficiency has been correlated with abnormalities such as retinal degeneration in the eyes, growth retardation, and cardiac dysfunction .
How does Taurine Work?
The best-understood biological function of taurine is its conjugation with bile acids, thereby aiding in healthy digestion and metabolism . Taurine is highly concentrated in the islets of the pancreas and has been shown to stimulate insulin release from beta cells .
Taurine also acts as an osmoregulator and neuromodulator in the central nervous system . In ischemic conditions (restricted blood flow/low-oxygen), taurine levels in the brain are elevated, indicating the brain may increase taurine availability when needed to protect neurons . Taurine is not broken down, nor incorporated into any cellular proteins, but it does help regulate ion channels, transporters, and enzymes, leading to modulation of intracellular calcium levels .
Clinical studies have shown taurine to have potent antioxidant properties under various pathophysiological conditions, not only in the brain but also in the heart. The fact that taurine accounts for 25% to 50% of the free amino acids in the myocardium is likely related to its work as an antioxidant . Taurine is also involved in the coordination of nerve function, stabilization of cell membranes, detoxification, antioxidant reactions, and modulation of osmotic pressure .
What are the Suggested Uses for Taurine?
- Supports normal digestion and metabolism of fats as a key component of bile
- Antioxidant activity and neuroprotection for a healthy heart and brain
- Works as an inhibitory neurotransmitter to promote a calm, relaxed mood
Source Materials: Taurine is made by chemical synthesis. Cellulose for capsules is derived from softwood tree pulp. All ingredients are vegan and non-GMO.
Allergens: According to information provided by our suppliers, these capsules are free of the eight major allergens as identified by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA): Wheat (gluten), eggs, milk, soybeans, shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts.
Recommendations: Use as directed by a healthcare professional.
Precautions: Pregnant or lactating women and individuals taking prescription medications should consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplement.
- Kang, Young‐Sook, et al. "Regulation of taurine transport at the blood–brain barrier by tumor necrosis factor‐α, taurine and hypertonicity." Journal of neurochemistry 83.5 (2002): 1188-1195.
- Oudit, Gavin Y., et al. "Taurine supplementation reduces oxidative stress and improves cardiovascular function in an iron-overload murine model." Circulation 109.15 (2004): 1877-1885.
- Boujendar, S., et al. "Taurine supplementation to a low protein diet during foetal and early postnatal life restores a normal proliferation and apoptosis of rat pancreatic islets."Diabetologia 45.6 (2002): 856-866.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.