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How to Take Taurine? 3 Top Facts

Taurine is a naturally produced amino acid-like substance, found in all animals. Your human body produces its own Taurine, which it uses for a number of important functions. Unlike many other animals, humans don’t produce enough Taurine for our bodies to function optimally so we need to get extra Taurine from our diets or from supplements

There are a lot of myths about Taurine, which we’ve covered in our Ultimate Taurine FAQ. These include the myth that Taurine is bull semen (which it most definitely is not!). Take a read through this great article about how to take Taurine.

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Taurine Benefits and Effects

Taurine has a number of benefits and effects, which we’ve gone into detail in our previous blog posts: here>and here.

  1. Taurine is an energizing supplement which provides the user with an energy boost and works synergistically with caffeine to produce cognitive enhancement.
  1. Taurine plays a number of important roles in your body including:
    • It helps with digestion and producing bile in your stomach
    • It helps to maintain healthy calcium levels
    • It helps to maintain healthy eyes
    • Taurine helps support a healthy kidney and heart
    • It works as a powerful antioxidant and protects your cells from damage
  1. Taurine may help to reduce feelings of stress. It stimulates the GABA receptors in your brain, signaling relaxation.
  1. Taurine helps to maintain healthy fat levels in your blood by destroying the dangerous LDL cholesterol.

 

How To Take Taurine: Recommended Dosage

Taurine’s recommended dosage is around 500 – 2000 mg per day. Scientists have concluded that Taurine supplements are safe to use daily at doses under 3000 mg. At higher doses, scientists are not yet sure of the long term effects of prolonged use.

 

Taurine Side Effects / Warnings

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Taurine is a safe dietary supplement. Taurine supplements were first isolated from bull intestines. These days, Taurine is manufactured in laboratories making it vegan and vegetarian friendly. Taurine supplements may be especially useful for people who don’t eat meat, as the main dietary source of Taurine is meat products.

Taurine may be unsafe for pregnant and breastfeeding women as not enough studies have been conducted to make a solid conclusion about its safety.

Another warning is that Taurine may worsen the symptoms of bipolar disorder. One case was reported of a bipolar man being hospitalized after drinking an energy drink containing Taurine, caffeine and sugar. So, it is not known whether it was the Taurine or caffeine that caused his episode.

Finally, one or two users have reported online that they experience insomnia after taking Taurine before bed. However, there is no scientific evidence to back up this claim.

 

How to Take Taurine: Reviews

how to take taurine: reviews These are some of the top Taurine reviews

Taurine helps calm me down when needed but it also is a great workout aid. I take a little bit before a workout, and then throughout the session continue to sip it, as your muscles become depleted of taurine during exercise. I've notice my strength and endurance improve markedly since supplementing with it.” – Jourdan, 4 stars Taurine review

Ingredient in the most popular energy drink made me investigate taurine. I used another brand in amino stacks before active days and it was ok.

Liftmodes' Taurine - 400 Grams (14.11 Oz) - 99+% Pure is not mixed with fillers like my previous taurine brand. I feel the slightest of perkiness in the most relaxed way. I think this will be best in my night time stack to unwind.” – Rob, 5 stars Taurine review

 

How to Take Taurine: Conclusion

woman practicing yoga healthy taurine Taurine helps to promote a healthy body and mind

In conclusion, Taurine is great for anybody looking for a nice health supplement with some energizing and relaxing properties. Taurine is vital for many important functions in your body and it helps to maintain good health. Taking a Taurine dietary supplement is both healthy and safe for people of all ages. Taurine is found in your diet in meat products. Taurine supplements are laboratory made and are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

The recommended Taurine dosage is around 500 – 2000 mg per day. Do not exceed 3000 mg per day to avoid potential negative effects. Please speak to your doctor before starting Taurine if you have any underlying medical conditions.

 

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