Researchers at Columbia University have revealed that the amino acid taurine, which can be found in many foods, may be the secret to living an extended and happy life. It’s an amino acid that occurs naturally and serves several critical bodily functions.
Research shows not only does this nutrient’s concentration in human bodies decline with age, but supplementation has been shown to extend life expectancy by as much as 12% in certain animals.
Animal proteins, including dairy, meat, and fish, are our primary dietary sources of taurine. But it is also present in certain seaweeds and chemically fortified energy beverages. It may also be made in the body from various other amino acids.
Osteoporosis research led Yadav, an associate professor of genetics and development at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, to identify taurine’s crucial function in controlling bone formation. Similar research has demonstrated that taurine is helpful for the immunological system, the neurological system, and even weight loss.
According to the most current research conducted by Yadav and colleagues, taurine levels drop dramatically with age.
Humans with greater taurine levels have been shown to have fewer instances of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. The findings from the animal experiments are consistent with these associations, albeit it is unknown whether they are causally connected to taurine levels.
The researchers also discovered that exercise raises taurine levels, especially in people who already lead active lifestyles. According to Yadav, all had elevated taurine levels after exercise. This finding shows that an increase in taurine may contribute to the health advantages associated with exercise.
According to a report, one study from 2019 says that 3 grams every day is the maximum safe intake of taurine, but the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) advised a daily intake of as much as 6 grams in its 2012 recommendations.
When taken at the recommended dosage, there are no known adverse effects from taurine supplementation.
However, some have experienced negative reactions, such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, liver discomfort, and headaches.