Taurine is considered a ‘conditional essential amino acid’. For most people it is manufactured naturally by the body but for others Taurine has to be provided by foods or supplements. Taurine is found in foods such as meat, fish and dairy products. Taurine can also be found in most energy drinks. Taurine is found in high concentrations in white blood cells, skeletal muscles, heart muscles and the central nervous system.
It is the second most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue, after L-Glutamine. Taurine increases muscle contractility in the heart and joints. This results in the ability to have more intense and strenuous workouts. Taurine helps prevents and reduces catabolic states and fatigue whilst promoting muscle mass.
Taurines ability to reduce fatigue occurs from the amino acid removing lactic acid that is built-up from intense exercise. The removal of lactic acid allows the body to continue intense exercise for longer periods. Taurine has the ability to significantly lower lipid levels in the bloodstream and improve the body’s ability to cope with excess glucose in the bloodstream. Taurine acts as an insulin mimicker.
It transports vital nutrients such as other amino acids and glucose into muscle cells. Taurine has similar benefits to Creatine. It helps draw water into your cells and act as a very effective cell volumiser. It 'super' hydrates the muscle cells which can trigger increased protein synthesis and reduced protein breakdown. allowing additional nutrients to be drawn into the muscle cell.
This is beneficial to recovery and growth. The cell volumisation ability of Taurine supplementation makes muscles feel and appear larger and more firm. This together with the recovery and growth benefits of Taurine make it a popular supplement with in the bodybuilding and aesthetic community. Taurine is also an inhibitory neurotransmitter that has the ability to calm and relax the brain and nervous system.
This is beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety, stress, lack of focus and not enough sleep.