What is Taurine?
In your pre-workout or intra-workout you may see taurine, but what is it and what does it do?
Many of the energy drinks out there have touted the inclusion of this amino acid, and because of some negative press, many associate jittery issues with taurine, but it actually has nothing to do with the stimulant effects—that’s all the caffeine in those types of drinks.
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, taurine is the second most abundant amino acid in the body. Taurine is made by the body by breaking down the amino acid cysteine. Taurine 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 taurine prior to or during exercise experienced increased endurance and performance.
Studies indicate taurine benefits include:
- Increased power
- Increased stamina
- Enhanced muscle contraction
- Increased fat burning
- Diminished muscle damage
- Accelerated recovery
Taurine is Known Also for its Fat Burning and Lean Muscle Building PropertiesIt also diminishes the damaging effects of excess fat, insulin and glucose. Taurine initiates the fat metabolism process and carnitine delivers that fat to the fuel centers to be used as an energy source. Because taurine is depleted during exercise, supplementing can give you more so you can break down more 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.
It 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.