o Sub-Group: Organic Acid (sometimes referred to as “amino acid”; in strict chemical terms, it is not an amino acid although it has been called that)
It is derived from Cysteine, an amino acid; also an antioxidant.
Fat or Water Soluble Antioxidant:
While it itself is an antioxidant, it is also used to create another important antioxidant, Alpha Lipoic Acid. Alpha Lipoic Acid is made up of 3 antioxidants:
Other functions, besides being an antioxidant:
o Cardiovascular function
o Development and function of skeletal muscle, retina and the central nervous system
Found in body – accounts for up to 0.1% in human body weight:
Found in the following foods:
While excessive Taurine is excreted by the kidneys, it is important to not consume excessively, as long term effects of over consumption is still not known.
Examples of the health benefits of Taurine:
o Improve functions and health of heart muscles
o Bile is required for fats metabolism
o For control of muscles twitches
o Reduce formation of Age Glycation End products (AGE)
o Promote insulin sensitivity
o Promotes glucose control
Taurine is essential for the health of some animals:
o To prevent against central retina degeneration (CRD) which can cause irreversible blindness
o To prevent feline dilated cardiomyopathy (weaken heart muscles that can cause failure of the hear and other organs)
o For development of their young ones
Synthetic form of Taurine can cause:
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