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Taurine

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Taurine is an amino acid-like compound and a component of bile acids, which are used to help absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Taurine also helps regulate the heart beat, maintain cell membrane stability, and prevent brain cell over-activity.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Congestive Heart Failure
2 grams three times per day with a doctor's supervision 3 stars[3 stars]
Taurine, an amino acid, helps increase the force and effectiveness of heart muscle contractions.
Anemia and Iron Deficiency
1,000 mg daily at a different time from an additional iron supplement2 stars[2 stars]
Taurine has been shown, in a double-blind study, to improve the response to iron therapy in young women with iron-deficiency anemia.
Cystic Fibrosis
30 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight daily2 stars[2 stars]
Taurine is an amino acid and a component of bile acids, which are important for proper fat digestion. Supplementing with taurine may help improve fat digestion.
Iron-Deficiency Anemia
1,000 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Taurine has been shown to improve the response to iron therapy in young women with iron-deficiency anemia.
Pre- and Post-Surgery Health
Take at least 1.5 grams daily before and after surgery2 stars[2 stars]
Taurine is an amino acid that appears to have an important role in immune cell functions. Supplementing with it may reduce inflammation.
Cardiomyopathy
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Taurine has been shown in preliminary studies to be beneficial for cardiomyopathy.
Epilepsy
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Taurine, an amino acid that is thought to play a role in the brain's electrical activity, appears to temporarily reduce epileptic seizures in some people.
Hypertension
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Research has found that supplementing with taurine lowers blood pressure in people, possibly by reducing levels of the hormone epinephrine (adrenaline).
Type 1 Diabetes
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
People with type 1 diabetes tend to have low taurine levels, a condition that increases the risk of heart disease. Supplementing with taurine may restore levels.
Type 2 Diabetes
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with taurine may affect insulin secretion and action, and may help protect the eyes and nerves from diabetic complications.

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