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Taurine: For a Healthy Heart and Nerves

By Christopher Hobbs, Elson Haas

Taurine is one of the most important, useful, and safest amino acid supplements. Your body can produce this nutrient from cysteine with the help of vitamin B-6. Dietary sources of taurine are fish and meat. Vegetarians are more likely to get reduced levels of taurine in their diets.

Taurine is best known for its beneficial effects on the heart and cardiovascular system. Here’s a list of some other significant benefits:

  • Most frequently found in the central nervous system, retina, skeletal muscle, and heart, taurine is potentially useful in treating seizure disorders, cardiovascular problems, and some eye problems.

  • Taurine functions in electrically active tissues, such as the brain and heart, to help stabilize cell membranes.

  • This amino also appears to have some antioxidant and detoxifying effects.

  • With the support of zinc, taurine aids in moving certain minerals in and out of cells and thus helping generate nerve impulses.

  • As an inhibitory neurotransmitter, taurine’s main use has been to help in the treatment of epilepsy and other excitable brain states, where it functions as a mild sedative. Doses for this effect are 500 to 1,000 mg three times daily.

  • Often prescribed in Japan and other countries for heart ailments, taurine assists your body’s healing process after a heart attack. Heart rhythm problems and heart weakness associated with congestive heart failure often respond to high doses, from 2 to 6 grams, three times daily.

  • People with high blood pressure and high cholesterol also benefit from taurine in some cases.

  • If you have heart disease, discuss the use of taurine with your doctor. Taurine is beneficial for various cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, and coronary heart disease.