Thursday, November 11, 2010

About Taurine

Dear Friends,

Its a  great feeling to come back to you with one more interesting article, which can help us in many ways. Recently i was talking to one of my prospective client(Indian back ground) about energy drinks. I was talking to him about on of our brand XS Energy drink, he is excited about 0 sugar, 0 cards; Caffeine free blend, he tasted it and liked a lot. But he told me that most of the energy drinks contains Taurine which can cause impotency, he said his doctor told him (but truth is he got this partial information from his friend), he said that i can search about this online also. Then i searched online about this topic. I was wondered with the results. 
In this article i would like to share some information about Taurine and the results i came across. What i understood is that its good for health. Let look into the results how it can help in health. 

Despite being present in many energy foods, taurine has not been proven to be energy-giving. A study of mice hereditary unable to transport taurine suggests that it is needed for proper maintenance and functioning of skeletal muscles In addition, it has been shown to be effective in removing fatty liver deposits in rats, preventing liver disease, and reducing cirrhosis in tested animals. There is also evidence that taurine is beneficial for adult human blood pressure and possibly, the alleviation of other cardiovascular ailments (in humans suffering essential hypertension, taurine supplementation resulted in measurable decreases in blood pressure) Taurine is regularly used as an ingredient in energy drinks, with many containing 1000 mg per serving and some as much as 2000 mg
A 2003 study by the European Food Safety Authority found no adverse effects for up to 1,000 mg of taurine per kilogram of body weight per day. However this was in regard to taurine alone; they did not compare the effects of taurine when combined with the other ingredients in energy drinks. A review published in 2008 found no documented reports of negative or positive health effects associated with the amount of taurine used in energy drinks.

Some benefits of Taurine:

In Japan, taurine is used to treat ischemic heart disease as well as certain heart arrhythmias. People who suffer from congestive heart failure are reported to have benefited from taurine therapy - in the amount of 3 to 5 grams per day - and taurine may also be helpful in the treatment of both hypertension and high cholesterol.

Taurine and hepatitis:
In a double-blind, randomized study (3), acute hepatitis patients were given taurine in the amount of 4 grams 3 times a day after meals. The participants in the taurine study experienced significant decreases in bilirubin, and total bile acids.

Taurine and alcoholism:
Taurine has been shown to be useful in treating people with alcohol dependency. In people undergoing alcohol withdrawal, taurine given at 1 gram 3 times per day for 7 days resulted in significantly fewer psychotic episodes when compared to people who were taking a placebo (4).

Yet another study (5) involving over 3,000 alcohol dependent people with who were given taurine at similar doses showed that taurine is more effective than placebo at preventing alcohol relapse. The effectiveness of this taurine supplement appeared to be dependent on the dose given.

Taurine and type 1 diabetes:
Studies (1) have demonstrated that taurine acts as a potent antioxidant and improves drug-induced type 1 diabetes mellitus in laboratory rats, by combating the destructive effect oxygen free radicals have on the pancreas. Moreover, the second mechanism by which taurine improves insulin resistance is through an increase in the excretion of cholesterol via conversion to bile acid.

Because type 1 diabetes is so devastating if not treated properly, taurine in the amount of 500 mg 1 to 3 times a day is generally a good idea in these cases.

Studies (2) have shown that even in infants, taurine insufficiency results in reduced bile acid secretion, reduced fat absorption and reduce liver function, all of which can be reversed by supplementing the diet with taurine.

These studies also support the theory that taurine is essential for proper development and growth. Consequently, taurine has been added to most commercially-available infant formulas.


I took lot of information form different websites, so i thank all the publishers for providing such a useful information.

i hope this information is useful for lot of you, i would like to urge ever one of you that please do a minimum search about the any ingredient before giving statements in public what ever the words once they come out we can't take them back.
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Venkat
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