Taurine Benefits

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The health benefits of taurine include helping with neuromotor development, electrolyte regulation and liver dysfunction. Eat meat, fish, poultry and eggs to get taurine for brain function with advice from a licensed dietitian in this free video on healthy nutrition.

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My name is Christine Marquette and I'm a registered and licensed dietitian with Marquette Nutrition and Fitness and I'm going to talk to you about what are taurine benefits. Taurine is actually an amino acid, it is very ubiquitous in the body, there's a lot of free flowing taurine in the brain. It can be found in many foods, particularly animal foods, all sorts of meats, fish, poultry, eggs, any high protein food is likely going to have some taurine in it. Primarily it's used for neuromotor development. It's also used by the brain. Exactly how it functions in the brain is still being learned, we don't know exactly all of it's functions in the brain but we do know it is needed for neuro development. It also plays a role in regulating actual electrolytes in your body's system so it has many different benefits, many different effects in the body. There has been some study with taurine as far as it potentially helping reduce symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal. So it may actually help treat people who have alcoholism. That is one area of research that is being done, there has been a little bit of research also with hepatitis in addition to hepatitis caused by various viruses or bacteria, liver dysfunction caused by alcohol such as cirrhosis, there has been some research in the use of taurine to treat that as well. That's limited, there aren't a lot of studies that have been done in that area, but the ones that have been done have shown some benefit in that the use of taurine can actually help improve the function of the liver. There has also been a few studies on taurine for some other health conditions. Again those are a lot of preliminary studies so there's nothing that's really solid that shows that they have a benefit in some of these other areas such as preventing certain types of cancer. But we do know that taurine in general does function in the brain, it is needed for neuromotor development, neuromuscular development and it is an essential amino acid in infants, it is not an essential amino acid in adults as we become adults we actually have the ability to make taurine from two other amino acids in our body, but infants do not. So for them it is essential and it is very important to their motor skills and to their brain development. So taurine actually does have several benefits, it can be purchased supplementally or it can be eaten, consumes, in various foods and it's other potential benefits are currently being studied.

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