Taurine is an amino acid. It is vital to the proper utilization of sodium,
magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Taurine has a protective effect upon the human brain.
The amino acid taurine is used to control anxiety, hyperactivity, poor brain function,
hypoglycemia, hypertension and seizures.
The levels of taurine found in children's brains is up to 4 times that in
adult brains. Thus supplementation for adults or children with lower levels of taurine can
boost brain function. People with Down's Syndrome or Muscular Dystrophy may benefit from
Excessive losses of taurine thru urine can be caused by many metabolism
disorders. The results of this taurine loss can be: physical or emotional stress,
excessive consumption of alcohol, intestinal problems, cardiac arrhythmias, platelet
disorders, and zinc deficiency.
Taurine is needed more by people with diabetes and supplementation with
cystine and taurine may decrease the need for insulin.