Taurine - action, contraindications, dosage
In the composition of energy drinks, it is often possible to find taurine - an amino acid that is an equally frequent addition in pre-workout supplements or in creatine strips. What is the function of this component? Are there any contraindications to its use? What is the correct and safe dosage?
What is taurine and what does its action consist of?
A non-protein amino acid called taurine is an active substance formed by the synthesis of two other amino acids - cysteine and methionine. The human body has the ability to produce it on its own, but in small quantities to meet current metabolic needs. In addition, it can be supplied to the body through a daily diet. They are mainly found in animal products,
especially fish, shellfish, goat's milk, and turkey meat. In the case of vegetable products, these will be young shoots (of different types), seaweed and others. It should be noted that heat treatment of products can lead to a significant decrease in the content of amino acids.
What does taurine do and what is the benefit of ensuring its optimum level? By analyzing the contribution of this amino acid to various metabolic processes, it can be assumed that taurine plays an important role in important physiological functions. Among these are mentioned:
- Effect on the electrolyte balance in cells and the general level of hydration
- Antioxidant and favorable properties to protect cells from oxygen free radicals
- Potential beneficial effect on the general functioning of the nervous system
- Maintain optimum body function under conditions of increased psychophysical activity and increased levels of fatigue
- Participate in the distribution of creatine in the body.
What are the contraindications to the use of taurine?
Although taurine has many beneficial properties for the body, it is not recommended to take additional supplements for everyone. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take products containing taurine if there are no special reasons. In addition, among the contraindications, it is necessary to include mental problems (such as bipolar affective disorder, mood disorders) and the practice of pharmacotherapy with the intake of psychotropic substances.
It is difficult to estimate a specific dose of taurine for daily consumption, as each person will have a very different demand depending on their age, level of physical activity, or weight. Regular supplementation should include servings of 500 mg to 3000 mg of amino acids per day. Specialists point out that eating too much taurine can cause gastrointestinal abnormalities such as diarrhea or abdominal pain.
An optimal dose of taurine is available in the brand's Olimp Sport Nutrition product. One capsule of Taurine Mega Caps provides the body with up to 1500 mg of high-quality amino acids and its convenient size ensures that there are no problems with use. The product has been prepared in the innovative research and development center of the pharmaceutical company Olimp Laboratories, using advanced production technology, which ensures that the necessary safety procedures are maintained.