So what is Taurine?

What is Taurine anyway?

Taurine is one of those 3rd Tier Biomedical supplements and is used by some in the Autism world for a calming effect, or as a detoxing agent, or to decrease diarrhea by increasing digestion of fats or to relieve constipation.

Taurine is an amino acid and a major component of bile.  Taurine is derived from cysteine and methionine.  It occurs naturally in food, especially seafood and meat.  Normal consumption of taurine ranges from about 40 to 400mg/day depending on how much meat you may consume.

How does Taurine work?

-it is a potent antioxidant and helps with digestion of fats and detoxification

-on a cellular level, Taurine keeps potassium and magnesium inside cells

-stimulates the GABA receptors along with GABA and produces a calming effect (funny that Taurine is a component of RED BULL!)

DOSE:  Speak to your MD about Taurine dosage, but…I’ve seen up to 2,00mg used in divided doses daily.  The dose needs to be titrated up over time though.

EXCRETION:  Taurine is water soluble and is excreted in urine by the kidneys.

SIDE EFFECTS:  If over-supplemented, stomach acid production increases which causes diarrhea and even peptic ulcers.

SAFETY:  Overwhelmingly safe!  Still use only as advised by your MD!

I hope this helps!  If you have any other questions, please ask.

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