Unlike blood pressure medications, the amino acid Taurine, in addition to its diuretic effects, has some other beneficial side effects worth mentioning. In the case of cardiovascular functions, it increases heart contraction strength and protects against arrhythmia. It also inhibits the formation of blood clots. In a digestive capacity, it also aids digestion by keeping bile in its liquid form and preventing it from crystalizing into gallstones. Excito-toxic chemicals such as MSG and Aspartame tend to lower the body’s concentration of Taurine, which is a contributing factor to seizure activity in the brain, and as a consequence, supplementing it helps to prevent seizures from occurring. Due to the protective role Taurine plays in retinal function, vision impairments such as retinitis pigmentosa are also reduced in severity.
As this amino acid is present exclusively in animal foods such as meat and fish, vegetarian and vegan diets will require constant supplementation with this amino acid. However, one word of caution should be mentioned. Those whom are unfortunate enough to be suffering from stomach ulcers should wait until they are healed before supplementing, as it can increase secretion of stomach acids.
That brings us to the intervention. For most therapeutic purposes, oral Taurine in the amount of 1000-4000mg in divided doses for adults is well tolerated.
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