All About Amino Acids

Taurine
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Why taurine is good for you

Taurine is classed as a semi-essential amino acid because it is essential for infants, who cannot produce it on their own, but it is normally produced in the body by everyone else. It is a key ingredient of bile, which is needed for fat digestion, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins as well as to control blood cholesterol levels in the body.

Taurine is also required for the proper use of potassium, calcium and sodium in the body, and for maintaining cell membrane integrity. It is thought to be helpful with anxiety, hyperactivity, poor brain function and epilepsy as well as hydrating the brain. Taurine, together with zinc is also required for proper eye health and vision.

 

Important taurine facts

 

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Groups at risk of taurine deficiency

Most people would not need supplementation and even small children get enough of it from human milk, or infant formulas. The only groups that may be at risk of deficiency are:

People in these groups at risk of taurine deficiency should talk to a medical professional about taurine supplementation BEFORE taking it.

 

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Symptoms of taurine deficiency

Deficiency symptoms can present as:

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Taurine and health

Talk to a medical professional about taurine supplements BEFORE taking them

 

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Taurine in food

FOOD AMOUNT
Taurine
(mg)
Raw scallops
100g
827.7
Raw mussles
100g
655.4
Raw octopus
100g
388
Raw squid
100g
356.7
Turkey dark meat, roasted
100g
299.6
Chicken dark meat, roasted
100g
199.1
White fish, cooked
100g
172.1
Clams, canned
100g
152
Oysters, raw
100g
70
Pork loin, roasted
100g
56.8
Veal, broiled
100g
46.7
Lamb, dark meat
100g
43.8
Beef, broiled
100g
38.4
Chicken light meat, roasted
100g
14.5
Turkey light meat, roasted
100g
11.1

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Taurine recommended daily intake (RDI)

RDA No information available
 
TOLERABLE UPPER LIMIT 250-2,000mg
 
TOXIC LEVELS No information available

 

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Taurine works best with

 

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for taurine

No toxicity has been determined.

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references

 

Last reviewed: 26 September 2007 || Last updated: 3 August 2018

 

NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of amino acid supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.

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