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What is taurine?

  1. If the name taurine sounds familiar, there is a good chance that you either drink a lot of energy drinks or exercise a lot. The substance is mainly used as an ingredient in pre-workouts and drinks such as Red Bull and Monster Energy. But what exactly is taurine, what does it do to your body, and how safe is it to use it? In today's blog we will discuss exactly how this substance works, benefits and dangers.

What is taurine?

  1. Taurine was originally found in bull's gall - hence the name, from the Latin taurus, bull - but later turned out to be quite common in the human body as well. In short, the substance is used by the body in stressful situations that require quick action.

  1. The substance then gives the nervous system a big boost, allowing you to take action more quickly and thus avoid potential danger. By reproducing the substance synthetically, you can consciously imitate that effect - and taurine is therefore, unsurprisingly, a widely used means for its stimulating effect.

Useful uses of taurine

  1. For that reason, the dust is an important ingredient in two types of products: pre-workouts and energy drinks. In the first case, it is mainly used to increase the physical performance of an athlete: thanks to the taurine that you take before a workout, you are able to push yourself further and thus progress faster.

  1. You also get tired less quickly and your condition improves somewhat. In energy drinks, the taurine is mainly intended to improve mental performance; it mainly has this effect in combination with caffeine. Those who drink energy will therefore feel more awake afterwards and will often also be able to concentrate better.

Digestive side effects

  1. Under the heading â € ˜What is taurine? Â € ™ we already mentioned that everyone has a standard supply of taurine in their body. However, that is only a small amount, and when you suddenly take a large portion of synthetic taurine, it can have nasty side effects. One of these is dehydration: your body tries to get rid of the excess taurine quickly, mainly through your urine. [! 179997 => 1140 = 6!] It is therefore important to keep supplementing body water when using taurine. Furthermore, the substance can promote acid production in the stomach, which is disadvantageous if you suffer from ulcers, for example. It is wise not to eat something immediately after consuming taurine.

Blood and heart side effects

  1. Your heart and blood vessels are also affected by the effect of the taurine. For example, taurine affects electrolytes that control heart function, such as calcium, potassium and sodium. This can cause extreme amounts of arrhythmias and other heart problems.

  1. Taurine also works as a kind of blood thinner, which is good news for people with high blood pressure, but can be dangerous for those with low blood pressure. So, if you get dizzy after taking your pre-workout powder, you may be very sensitive to the effects of taurine. It is wise to avoid the material a bit more.

What is a good portion?

  1. Now that we have our main question â € “what is taurine and what exactly does it do? â € “we have one more thing to discuss. How do you avoid taking too much of it and experiencing the negative side effects we mentioned above? The most important thing is to keep an eye on your intake: an amount of three grams per day is generally still considered safe.

  1. However, if you are still growing or pregnant, it is not recommended to take taurine, and people with kidney and liver diseases should also be careful with this substance. In case of doubt, always seek the advice of a doctor or another expert!

  2. However, if you are still growing or pregnant, it is not recommended to take taurine, and people with kidney and liver disease should also be careful with this substance. In case of doubt, always seek the advice of a doctor or another expert!



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