Why Taurine Isn't Bad
By Thomas DeLauer
HYLETE Health Advisor Thomas DeLauer debunks the taurine myths that keep people away from energy drinks. DeLauer gives insight into some of the taurine’s many benefits and explains how it affects the body. Watch now to find out what you’ve been missing out on and you’ll be sure to think twice next time you’re thinking about eliminating taurine from your diet!
Taurine- an osmolyte, meaning it controls water entry and exit in cells and stops them from changing the cell too much in size.
Hypochlorous & Hypobromous Acids- oxidants produced by white blood cells to destroy invading microorganisms and fight infections.
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About the Author
From 280lbs to the Covers of Magazines... All by living a lifestyle that is honest and real. Thomas DeLauer brings the nutrition expertise along with a unique perspective on health and wellness that is everything HYLETE.
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What's going on, HYLETE nation? It's Thomas DeLauer, and it's time to talk about the stuff that's in your energy drinks that everything says is bad. Talking specifically about taurine, the innocent little amino acid that everything seems to think is this terrible, terrible thing. Let's get down to the science.
Taurine is what is known as a conditional amino acid. What that means, is it's non-essential. It isn't required from the diet. Our body can manufacture it. But by the name conditional, it implies that we really should be getting additional taurine from the diet because it is going to help us have our taurine levels at an optimal state.
Now, where did this negative stigma surrounding taurine come from? Nobody really knows, but I can suspect that it probably came from people thinking that it comes from bulls' urine. I used to hear that all the time, ""Taurine is bad because taurine sounds Taurus. And then in, of course, urine,"" People just assumed taurine came from Taurus urine. Not the case at all. Taurine is a simple amino acid.
But what does it do within the body? It's actually the job of taurine to regulate fluid retention into the cell. So it's going to help a cell become more hydrated or dehydrated depending on what needs to happen in the body. The interesting thing is that taurine has the ability to direct and dictate where hydration goes. For example, it can direct hydration to the heart muscle, to the skeleton muscle, all depending on what you're working on. So if you go into a full-blown sprint and you start taxing your heart, taurine can regulate fluid over to the heart to make sure that the cells are working properly.
So remember, if we don't have the right kind of mineralization or the right kind of hydration happening at the cellular level when it should be happening, the cells aren't going to fire properly. We're not going to get the electrical response that we need to be able to perform at our best.
This leads me to talk about another component of hydration which is the kidneys, and why people seem to think that taurine is so bad. See, taurine works directly with our kidneys to be able to regulate itself. So your kidneys can see if you have too much taurine and it will excrete some. It can also see if we don't have enough, and it will hold onto some. Now, that's pretty amazing, and it goes to show right then and there that we're not going to have too much taurine. It's water soluble.
The only thing that taurine does that's really, really powerful, is work with us in an anti-oxidant capacity. You see, when we have any kind of aerobic metabolism or any kind of cellular metabolism, to begin with, we have a high amount of what are called oxidants that go around. You've probably heard of anti-oxidants. Well, oxidants are the opposite. They are what caused the problem. In this case, we have two that we're talking about specifically. We're talking about hypochlorous, and we're also talking about hypobromous. Now taurine comes along and it neutralizes these oxidants. It neutralizes them into taurine bromamine and taurine chloramine. These are very, very easy to metabolize once they neutralized. The body can then excrete them and then we can go along our merry way.
So not only does it help hydrate the cells, but it also gets rid of some of the waste. Now, there was a study that shows the effectiveness of taurine when it comes down to energy production and fat metabolism. This was pretty intriguing. This particular study was a randomized, cross-over designed study that took a look at two groups of conditioned cyclists. One group, they gave a placebo too. Another group, they gave 1.66 grams of taurine to. Then they had them complete 90 minutes of cycling at a 66% of their VO2 max capacity. Then right after that, they'd have them perform a time trial.
Well, they looked at two different things. They wanted to see the effect of taurine on stamina. What they found is that taurine did not have any effect on stamina. But what taurine did have an effect on was fat metabolism. The taurine group oxidized 16% more fat than the control group, showing that taurine not only helps regulate the hydration and the electricity of the cell, but it also regulates how a fat molecule or a free fatty acid can get into the cell and essentially create more energy in a fat-burning state.
So there you have it. Debunking taurine. No longer thinking that taurine is this terrible thing that's in energy drinks when in reality it's just an amino acid that's there to help you.
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