Taurine's benefits include:
- Taurine helps to reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol
Taurine functions to help the body remove high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol by decreasing the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed in the intestines and also by increasing the conversion of cholesterol into bile and in doing so, helping to eliminate it from the body through the liver.
- Taurine may help reduce risk of ischemic heart disease
Studies have shown that people who have higher blood levels of taurine have a much lower risk in dying from ischemic heart disease. The studies showed that taurine possible prevented the build up of plaque in arteries which leads to atherosclerosis, which is major risk factor for heart attack and stroke.
- Taurine may play a role in preventing diabetes
Studies have shown that supplementation with taurine prevents insulin resistance and high blood glucose levels in people with diabetes (and pre-diabetes), which could be due to taurine's antioxidant properties.
- Taurine has a highly protective effect on the liver
Many studies have shown that Taurine has a protective effect on the liver and helps the liver to detoxify heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead from the liver, to be eliminated safely from the body. It is thought that taurine's antioxidant properties provide this protective and beneficial effect.
- Taurine assists in electrical activity of the cells
Taurine helps to move potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium (the main minerals that act as electrolytes, which keep body fluids in balance) in and out of cells and so it helps generate nerve impulses.
Studies have shown that taurine acts an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means that it is very helpful to calm anxiety and hyperactivity, plus it boosts poor brain function and helps to hydrate the brain
- Taurine has potent antioxidant properties and is beneficial for the health of the immune system
Studies have shown that taurine has very potent antioxidant properties, which help it to scavenge for free radicals and prevent their damage to the body tissues, including prevention of mutation of the DNA, which can cause cancer. Many studies show that taurine's antioxidant properties help it prevent oxidation in body tissues and cells in general, whatever the cause of the oxidation. Taurine even protects transplanted organs from being injury, improves the donor organ's function and prevents rejection in the new body, if the donor has been preconditioned with taurine prior to transplantation. Studies show that taurine's antioxidant properties help it to prevent deteriorations of the mucous cells of the bladder, thus preventing bladder infection and disease.
- Taurine acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter
Studies have shown that taurine acts an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means that it is very helpful to calm anxiety and hyperactivity, plus it boosts poor brain function and helps to hydrate the brain. Studies have shown that when anxiety, illness, depression or anxiety are experienced, the requirement for taurine increases. There is also some research that it may be beneficial in people with epilepsy. Taurine also increases levels of two other neurotransmitters in the brain - acetylcholine (needed for proper messaging between the cells and other neurons) and histamine (released at allergic reactions).
- Taurine is needed for good eyesight
Taurine, together with zinc is also required for proper eye health and vision. Taurine's antioxidant properties are that which make it essential for ensuring good eye health. Several studies have shown that taurine has a protective effect on the lens of the eye and can prevent cataracts and other conditions of the eye.