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Written by Maff     March 09, 2010    
 
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Taurine is usually referred to as a sulfur-containing amino acid but is technically a sulphonic acid derived from cysteine - a true sulfur-containing amino acid. Taurine is abundant in the body but requirements may increase in times of stress - whether that be intense exercise, toxic exposure, or chronic illness. It has many functions in the body with some of the most important in terms of environmental illnesses being:


Detoxification
Taurine is involved in detoxification in a number of ways. It is used by Phase 2 detoxification pathways in the liver (and some other tissues e.g. small intestinal mucosa). It serves as a source of sulfur for the important sulfation pathway which detoxifies many environmental toxins including petrochemicals from industrial and vehicle-derived pollution as well as cleaning and personal care products, while also neutralizing toxins produced by dysbiotic bacteria in the gut. Taurine also acts directly, conjugating (sticking to) toxins so they can be excreted safely from the body.

Taurine is also a component of bile which is important in many ways. It is vital for the digestion and absorption of fats and is also important for detoxification with chemicals detoxified by the liver being secreted into the bile for removal from the body in bowel movements. Through its role in bile production and fat metabolism taurine helps to prevent fatty build up in the liver which can lead to fatty liver disease - thus maintaining the health and function of the liver as a whole. Increased taurine levels therefore aid detoxification through increasing bile production.


Inhibitory Neurotransmitter

Taurine plays a major role in the brain as an "inhibitory" neurotransmitter. Taurine is similar in structure and function to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) (which you have no doubt come across) and has similar effects - acting to reduce activity of stress centers in the brain, therefore having calming and stabilizing effects. Taurine also inhibits the release of adrenaline/epinephrine - the stress hormone released during the fight-or-flight response that gets our heart pounding and racing (along with our mind!).

As a result of these actions taurine can be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, irritability, agitation, depression, and even as an aid to reduce withdrawal symptoms in the treatment of addictions such as alcoholism.

Other positive effects of taurine supplementation include improving blood sugar control and hence insulin resistance and diabetes type II and reducing blood pressure in those with hypertension.

 

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Some years ago I was home bound with mupltiple chemical sensitivities. I read that many chemically sensitive people are deficient in taurine. It's not expensive, so I tried it. Within three weeks I was out an about almost as well as anyone else. I still have to aviod spending along periods of time around fragrances and chemicals, but I can go to the store, to church, to peoples' homes without getting sick.
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Reviewed by reader99 June 14, 2011

Taurine for chemical sensitivity

Some years ago I was home bound with mupltiple chemical sensitivities. I read that many chemically sensitive people are deficient in taurine. It's not expensive, so I tried it. Within three weeks I was out an about almost as well as anyone else. I still have to aviod spending along periods of time around fragrances and chemicals, but I can go to the store, to church, to peoples' homes without getting sick.

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i have used taurine for a couple of years now at a dose of 1000mg in the morning and before bed. i continue to use it as i find it significantly improves my anxiety (which has greatly affected my life for 15 yers) and also helps me get a sound night's sleep. it is also cheap and free of side-effects so i would much rather use taurine than be stuck on high doses of antidepressant drugs!
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Reviewed by Helen March 25, 2010

reduced my anxiety and insomnia

i have used taurine for a couple of years now at a dose of 1000mg in the morning and before bed. i continue to use it as i find it significantly improves my anxiety (which has greatly affected my life for 15 yers) and also helps me get a sound night's sleep. it is also cheap and free of side-effects so i would much rather use taurine than be stuck on high doses of antidepressant drugs!

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I use taurine as part of a supplement program to help with my insomnia caused by anxiety. I also use 5htp and l-theanine and find this combination very effective for getting me to sleep and keeping me asleep without any residual drowsiness in the morning.

I have tried the other two supplements without taurine as an experiment and found this was noticeably less effective as I kept waking up during the night.

Taurine is pretty cheap so worth giving a shot if you struggle with insomnia and anxiety like me.
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Reviewed by Jamie March 19, 2010

Good sleep aid

I use taurine as part of a supplement program to help with my insomnia caused by anxiety. I also use 5htp and l-theanine and find this combination very effective for getting me to sleep and keeping me asleep without any residual drowsiness in the morning.

I have tried the other two supplements without taurine as an experiment and found this was noticeably less effective as I kept waking up during the night.

Taurine is pretty cheap so worth giving a shot if you struggle with insomnia and anxiety like me.

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