Taurine is an ingredient used within many energy drinks which is extracted from animal tissue. Taurine is found in the large intestine within humans and is essential to the cardiovascular system.
Similarly, to other ingredients like Stevia and Aspartame, Taurine has a cholesterol lowering effect on people that are deemed overweight. Research has been carried out which also shows that people who consume taurine supplements significantly decreased their body weight when combined with regular exercise.
Taurine is an amino acid which is found throughout the body, supporting neurological development whilst helping to regulate the levels of water and minerals within the blood stream.
Taurine varies from other amino acids as it is not used to build proteins within your body, however it is classified as an essential amino acid. The most common places to find taurine within your body is the brain, heart, eyes and muscles.
Where can you find Taurine
Although your body can naturally produce taurine some people may benefit from additional taurine intake and despite the name taurine (from the latin word Taurus, meaning bull) it isn’t extracted as some believe from Bulls urine or semen.
Taurine can be obtained through supplements or in small amounts from meat, fish and dairy products. When it is used within beverages such as Red Bull it is made synthetically and is therefore suitable for vegetarians.
Benefits of Taurine
As previously mentioned taurine has several benefits and is therefore has a variety of uses in the body such as:
It is also used in:
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