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Taurine Declared a “Wonder Molecule” for Health and Longevity

by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life) Taurine is one of the most important components needed for a long healthy life, but it is one seldom mentioned probably because supplementing with it can be done for under $5 so there isn’t much money to be made. Yet researchers have pointed to taurine as the primary factor for the longevity of the Japanese, a populous that leads the world in life expectancy with many citizens living well over 100 years of age. And there are many more benefits to be had from taurine that can make living to be 100 a worthwhile and happy experience.

Taurine is an amino acid found in abundance in most young healthy bodies. It differs from most typical amino acids because it is not used to create protein. Instead it exists as a free amino acid in most animal tissues. Its benefits are so extensive and critical that scientists have described taurine as a “wonder molecule”.

Why would anyone need to supplement taurine? Three big reasons- being vegetarian or vegan, having a degenerative disease, or getting older can each produce a deficiency of taurine. And to add a fourth reason, supplementing can help to make sure degenerative diseases do not get started.

Here are some of the problems that may happen if taurine is deficient:

  • Cardiomyopathy or heart related issues, including irregular heartbeats

  • Disorders of the eyes including the retina

  • Macular degeneration

  • Central nervous system problems

  • Inability to digest and process fats properly, gallstones

  • Neuromuscular disorders

  • Fatty liver disease

  • Tinnitus

  • Seizures


What taurine can do for health and longevity

Taking supplements of taurine were found to prevent diabetes and obesity in animal models, and they can positively affect both conditions. Supplementing with taurine can strengthen heart muscle cells, increase their life spans, and provide protection from damage. Many of the factors of atherosclerosis can be mitigated by this amino acid.

Taurine can protect retinal and inner ear cells from damage, and normalize the flow of calcium ions they require for optimal functioning. It may prevent epileptic seizures and liver disease. Taurine supplements may extend life, and make it more active and joyful.

The body’s supply of taurine is concentrated primarily in excitable cells like the heart and those of the nervous system, and also in the skeletal muscles. Taurine functions as a building block for the other amino acids, and as is a key factor for the production of bile. Bile is integral to proper digestion of fats, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and the regulation of cholesterol.

Taurine regulates the minerals in the heart. It works with another amino acid known as arginine to achieve the vital functioning of sodium and potassium, the minerals that regulate heart beats. Taurine deficiency is often paired with zinc deficiency, and taurine is used with zinc as a natural treatment for breast cancer. Diabetes increases the body’s requirement for taurine, and supplementing with the amino acid, cystine in addition, may decrease the need for insulin.

Taurine can help you get a better workout. A study found that athletes supplementing with it see better overall performance and less fatigue, and cyclists can ride longer distances. This is due to the effects of taurine on skeletal muscles.

Taurine is found in significant levels in the central nervous system where it helps regulation. It is protective of brain and central nervous tissue, and is used frequently to treat anxiety, epilepsy, and seizures. Taurine can provide a sense of calmness and control. Healthy children’s brains naturally have four times the amount of taurine than is found in the brains of adults, making it an ideal treatment for children who are hyperactive. It may also be beneficial for children with Down’s Syndrome and muscular dystrophy.

Taurine is a friend of anyone undergoing chemotherapy, because it plays an important role in the functioning of leucocytes, the white cells that are the backbone of the immune system. A recent study investigated the effect it had on leucocytes after the administration of chemotherapy in mice with cancer. Researchers found that the tumor inhibition rates for the groups supplemented with taurine combined with chemotherapy were higher than those in the group treated with chemotherapy alone. Compared with the chemo-only group, the taurine supplemented groups showed increases of bone marrow, nucleate cells, white blood cells, and other markers of increased immunity.

Taurine can be found in beef, pork, chicken thighs, fish and other seafood, dairy products, eggs, algae, almonds, beans, hazelnuts, chickpeas, lentils and brewer’s yeast. It’s synthesis requires vitamin B6.

See also:

Restore and Maintain Good Vision and Eye Health Naturally

Building a Foundation for Better Health and Longevity

For more information:
"Elimination of cardiac arrhythmias using oral taurine with l-arginine"

About the author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

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