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Amino Acid of the Week: Taurine

Posted Aug 27 2009 5:55pm

Taurine Lucky Blog continues to reveal the mystery of amino acids. Today, we focus on the most famous amino acid: Taurine.

Taurine is a semi-essential amino acid-like compound and plays an important role in the metabolism of the human body. It’s found in heart muscle, white blood cells, central nervous system and skeletal muscle.

This amino acid has become popular because various energy drinks, such as Red Bull, contain taurine. Studies have shown that taurine supplementation may increase metabolism and, therefore, generate more energy.

Taurine is a component of bile, which is needed for digestion of fats and controls of cholesterol levels. In addition taurine supplements can also help lowering blood pressure and controlling the movement of minerals such as potassium, sodium and magnesium. It’s also an antioxidant and it can reinforce the immune system.

Food sources of taurine include eggs, dairy products, fish, and meats. It’s a building block of all other amino acids and it functions in the brain and heart to help stabilize cell membranes.

Finally, taurine plays in an important role in nitric oxide production, a gas that is present each time a muscle contract and blood vessels dilates. Consequently, taurine supplements are essential for body builders and people working out with focus on muscle gain.

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