Benefits of Taurine
There are supposedly several different taurine benefits. This amino acid is claimed to treat a wide range of conditions, from alcoholism to hepatitis to congestive heart failure. Some of the claimed benefits of taurine have more scientific basis than others, and all must be carefully evaluated. For most people, the body makes enough taurine for its needs. However, some people (such as non-breastfed infants and people undergoing IV feedings) may need supplementation.
Taurine is an amino acid. Because the human body can produce taurine on its own, this amino acid is not essential for human nutrition. However, some individuals (such as non-breastfed infants and people undergoing IV feedings) may benefit from taurine supplementation. This type of supplementation may also be beneficial for the following uses:
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Steatorrhea (fatty, frothy stools) in people with cystic fibrosis
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Seizures (epilepsy)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Retinal degeneration (an eye condition)
Taurine is also used to help improve mental performance and is a common ingredient in energy drinks.
Some of these purported benefits of taurine may have some scientific evidence in their favor, while others have little scientific basis (see Does Taurine Work? for more information). As with many supplements, claims for the uses of this amino acid are sometimes exaggerated, and such claims must be evaluated critically.