What is Taurine?
On your pre-workout or intra-workout supplement panel you may see taurine listed as a main ingredient, but what is it and what does it do?
Many of the energy drinks out there have touted the inclusion of taurine, and because of some negative press, many associate jitters or health issues with this ingredient. However, it actually has nothing to do with the stimulant effects—that’s all the caffeine in those types of drinks. Now that we’ve cleared the air, there, let’s move on to what is it?
To taurine or not to taurine, that is the question.
Taurine is an Amino Acid
A building block of protein, taurine is an amino acid. Trailing glutamine, it is the second most abundant amino acid in the body. It is made by the body by breaking down the amino acid cysteine. It is shown to enhance muscle contraction to boost power, and rid the muscle of lactic acid to improve recovery.
Consequentially, studies show subjects who ingest this amino acid prior to or during exercise experienced increased endurance and performance.
- Increased power
- Increased stamina
- Enhanced muscle contraction
- Increased fat burning
- Diminished muscle damage
- Accelerated recovery
Taurine Burns Fat and Builds Lean Muscle
This amino acid diminishes the damaging effects of excess fat, insulin and glucose. Taurine initiates the fat metabolism process so that carnitine can deliver that fat to the fuel centers to be used as an energy source. Because taurine is depleted during exercise, supplementing provides you with more fuel to break down fat and use it for energy.
In addition, it enhances insulin sensitivity which improves glucose uptake. Less sugars left in the blood=less conversion to fat.
Taurine also stimulates testosterone levels and has a calming effect on the brain. Reduced stress can reduce cortisol combined with boosts in testosterone make leaning out a whole lot easier.
Taurine Improves Heart and Blood Vessel Function
Taurine lowers blood pressure and strengthens heart and blood vessels. This protects bodies against heart attacks and strokes. In addition to the increased stamina it provides to improve cardiovascular health, fortifying your heart and its highways is imperative to protecting yourself from stroke and heart attacks.
You Should Get Between 1,500-3,000 mg of Taurine Per Day
While the body makes taurine from cysteine, as we age– we produce less. Getting the recommended dosage per day of 1,500-3,000 is not easily obtained through dietary sources. Thus supplementing it daily can help improve your performance, results and overall health.