You’re Not Getting Enough of this Essential Amino Acid
Today I want to tell you about the most important amino acid you never heard of.
It helps support insulin sensitivity, the immune system, and cardiovascular health. Leading some researchers to refer to it as “a wonder molecule.”
Dietary intake of this molecule is so high in Okinawa—one of the places on earth with the highest number of healthy centenarians—researchers have called it “the nutritional factor for the longevity of the Japanese”.1
I’m talking about taurine.
The Conditionally Essential Amino Acid…
Taurine is not considered an “essential” amino acid because the body can technically make it, but a number of diets (particularly vegetarian or vegan diets) just don’t contain enough.
In addition, all sorts of diseases and stresses can cause a deficiency in taurine, plus we make less of it as we age.
No wonder the great nutritionist Robert Crayhon proposed that we consider taurine a “conditionally essential” amino acid!
And studies have shown that when you supplement with this important amino acid it has a broad array of positive health effects, and may even help you lose weight.
Weight Loss, Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, and Taurine…
New research suggests that taurine may help you lose weight. One study showed that 3 grams per day of taurine for seven weeks reduced body weight in a group of overweight adults. Those on taurine also saw declines in both triglycerides and in what’s called the “atherogenic index,” a ratio of various measures in the blood that predict atherosclerosis risk.2
Animal studies have also shown that taurine can improve glucose tolerance in obese animals, and that supplementing with taurine can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.3,4
And in adult diabetics of the human variety, supplementing with just 1.5 grams of taurine for only 2 weeks can actually reverse diabetes-induced abnormalities in the arteries.5 And studies in diabetic rats show that taurine helps protect the heart and helps prevent heart muscle damage.6,7
But that’s only the beginning of the taurine-heart health connection…
People with higher levels of taurine die from coronary disease at significantly lower rates than those with lower levels.8 Taurine supplementation reduces arterial thickening and stiffness, and it restores the ability of the arteries to respond to an incredibly important heart-healthy molecule called nitric oxide.
On top of that, taurine reduces inflammation—a major promoter of cardiovascular disease.9,10
In animal models, taurine supplementation even lowers blood pressure.11,12
Taurine is also the perfect supplement for athletes. When trained athletes supplement with taurine, studies show they experience better exercise performance. Cyclists, for example, ride longer distances and do so with less fatigue.13,14
And for all the years I was in private practice as a nutritionist, taurine was my secret weapon against bloating. It’s a natural diuretic, and I’d frequently give it to women on their period who complained of water retention.
So where can you get more of this powerful amino acid?
The Energy Drink-Taurine Debate…
Taurine has gotten some attention recently, because it’s a common ingredient in energy drinks, which have come under a lot of fire lately.
Let’s face it, energy drinks aren’t healthy for you. But the problem with them isn’t the taurine—in fact that’s probably the one good thing they do offer.
Problem is, so-called “energy drinks” offer a lot of other things that aren’t nearly as good for you, like a ton of caffeine and chemicals.
And there are much better ways to get your taurine than a can of Monster or Red Bull. Namely, supplementation…
Taurine is one of my favorite supplements, and I take it every day. That’s why today I want to offer a discount on my favorite brand of taurine—the same one I take all the time.
I love the taurine Pure Encapsulations produces for several reasons…
First, you can be sure you are getting one of the highest-quality, most bioavailable forms of taurine around.
Second, their products are free of allergens, fillers, excipients, and other nasty toxins that compromise so many other supplements.
And finally, these capsules come in 1,000mg doses. Since I recommend 3 grams daily for maximum benefit, this produce makes getting the dose you need easy.
I strongly recommend adding taruine to your daily supplement regime. It’s one of those super-supplements where the research lives up to the claims. And that’s no bull!
Wishing You Health and Wellness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team
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