What is Taurine?

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Overview:

A recent study suggests that ageing mice, worms and monkeys can live longer or healthier lives when fed large amounts of taurine.

About Taurine:

  • It is a naturally occurring sulfur-containing amino acid.
  • It’s particularly concentrated in your brain, eyes, heart, and muscles.
  • Sources: Taurine occurs naturally in foods with protein, such as meat or fish.
  • Functions:
    • The human body uses taurine for actions in cells. One example is that taurine is used for energy production.
    • Taurine also helps the body process bile acid and balance fluids, salts and minerals, among other actions.
    • It has important functions in the heart and brain. It helps support nerve growth.
    • It might also benefit people with heart failure by lowering blood pressure and calming the nervous system.
    • It is also used for obesity, athletic performance, fatigue, diabetes, and many other conditions.

What are Amino Acids?

  • An amino acid is the fundamental molecule that serves as the building block for proteins.
  • There are 20 different amino acids.
  • A protein consists of one or more chains of amino acids (called polypeptides) whose sequence is encoded in a gene.
  • Some amino acids can be synthesized in the body, but others (essential amino acids) cannot and must be obtained from a person’s diet.

 


Q1) What are Amino Acids?

An amino acid is the fundamental molecule that serves as the building block for proteins. There are 20 different amino acids.

Source: Taurine supplement makes animals live longer — what it means for people is unclear