Taurine

Sources
Taurine is a non-essential amino acid manufactured by the body from vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and the amino acids cysteine and methionine. Taurine is an amino acid that is not found in the L form in nature. It is one of the most abundant amino acids in the body, with significant roles in the function of the brain, eyes, heart, gallbladder, and sundry blood vessels. Vegetarians run a small risk of developing a taurine deficiency.

Uses

  • Helps the regulation of abnormal heart rhythms after heart attacks
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Possesses calming and antispasmodic properties
  • Prevents the formation of gallstones
  • Protects the eyes from a variety of toxic reactions
  • Useful in acute viral hepatitis

Interactions
It should not be taken together with aspirin, or on an empty stomach if there is a history of peptic or duodenal ulcers.

Safety
Taurine is generally considered safe.