L-Taurine Benefits and Side Effects

You find taurine in plenty of energy drinks, but unless you’ve done your research, you don’t really know what it is, do you? It must be good for you. After all, they put it in your beverage and tell you it’ll give you wings. Taurine is an organic amino acid mostly found in animal tissues and it is essential for good cardiovascular and central nervous system function.

Taurine helps repair cardiac cells that has been caused by heart ischemia, a condition where your heart muscle does not receive enough blood flow. Ischemic heart disease is one of the leading causes of death and hospitalization. Taurine has been shown to lower blood pressure

Taurine also activates GABA receptors. Similar to this are benzodiazepines, but taurine is a much safer alternative. Taurine helps ease tension and anxiety, and calms an excited brain.

One study on taurine showed that rats had increased locomotor activity when taurine was ingested. Too much taurine could cause some unpleasant side effects though. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you want to avoid taurine until you talk to a health professional, especially if you are taking taurine with caffeine, such as in energy drinks. Too much caffeine causes anxiousness and jitteriness.

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