Taurine is a non-essential amino acid and is found in high concentrations in the white blood cells, skeletal muscles, central nervous system as well as the heart muscles. In adults, but not children, this nutrient can be manufactured from Methionine in the body and from Cysteine in the liver, but vitamin B6 must be present. It is a key ingredient of bile, which in turn is needed for fat digestion, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins as well as the control of cholesterol serum levels in the body. (It is incorporated in the bile acid chenodeoxychloic acid, which emulsify the dietary fats).
Taurine is also essential in the proper use of potassium, calcium as well as sodium in the body, and for maintaining cell membrane integrity. It is thought to be helpful with anxiety, hyperactivity, poor brain function and epilepsy as well as hydrating the brain. Taurine, together with zinc is also required for proper eye health and vision. Vegans who consume no eggs or dairy products ingest virtually no Taurine through their diets, but normally have enough since the body can manufacture the requirements.
Children with Down's syndrome may benefit from Taurine. Women being treated for breast cancer may benefit as well as people with metabolic disorders, since metabolic disorders can cause loss of this nutrient via urine. Diabetics may also benefit from this nutrient, since this disease increases the need for this nutrient. High alcohol intake may inhibit utilization of this amino acid.
Jo Mar sells 100% pure, U.S.P. grade Taurine in both powder and capsules. The powder is water soluble and has a sour taste. The powder weighs about 4.8 grams per level measuring teaspoon. Capsules may contain less than 1% magnesium stearate, an inert ingredient used in the encapsulation process.
The information stated here is not complete and should not be considered a recommendation. Please consult a qualified physician or nutritionist before beginning amino acid supplementation.
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