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Is Taurine a Conditionally Essential Amino Acid?

Taurine is the most abundant intracellular amino acid in humans, and this relates directly to its numerous physiological and biochemical functions. In the presence of pyridoxine (vitamin B6), taurine can be synthesised from methionine and cysteine. However, for most individuals, … Continue reading

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Can L-Taurine Aid Weight Loss?

L-Taurine is a non essential amino acid. However, despite its lack of essentiality, L-taurine is still very important in human nutrition. Supplemental L-taurine appears to have a number of beneficial effects and one of these may be the normalisation of … Continue reading

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The Pharmacology of Taurine

Taurine is present in all tissues in the body and is widely distributed in foods commonly eaten. However, taurine is present in high concentrations in the cardiac muscle, the skeletal muscle, the brain and the central nervous system, which relates … Continue reading

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The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Taurine

Taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid) is a non-proteinaceous amino acid that has a number of well researched roles including the formation of bile acid conjugates, the correct maintenance of calcium homeostasis, osmoregulation, and a role in cell membrane stabilisation. Taurine also possesses … Continue reading

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Taurine: Not Essential, But Important

Taurine is a non-proteinaceous amino acid that has no essential function in humans because it can be synthesised endogenously. However, the availability of taurine to the cell through its own synthetic processes does not mean that taurine supplements are not … Continue reading

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Taurine and Testosterone

Taurine is also known as 2-aminoethane sulphonic acid. Taurine is one of the most abundant low molecular weight substances in humans and animals. Although an amino acid, taurine is not used in protein synthesis, but instead plays a role in … Continue reading

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Taurine and Blood Pressure

Taurine is a non-essential non-protein forming amino acid. It is non-essential because it can be synthesised in humans from methionine and cysteine. Both methionine and cysteine contain a sulphur atom and so it is no surprised that taurine is also … Continue reading

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Taurine Status in Vegans

Taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid) is produced in the pancreas of humans, but is also present in the diet in protein foods. Current understanding suggests that taurine is required for correct cardiac function, neurotransmission, for bile acid formation and for retinal function. … Continue reading

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Taurine and Cardiovascular Disease

Taurine is an organic acid produced in the pancreas of humans. Taurine is not a true amino acid because although it is an acid and does contain an amino group, it does not contain a carboxyl group, However, colloquially taurine … Continue reading

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