Our bodies are complex systems with multiple moving parts and pieces of molecular machinery. They are subject to atrophy and decay just as much as that 1968 Chevrolet you bought when you were a teenager that doesn’t work as well as it used to.
However, unlike an automobile that runs on simple fuels like gasoline, engine oil, coolant, and transmission fluid, our bodies need complex fuels to keep them going. Your body can repair itself, and it’s very good at doing just that, but it has to have the right building blocks to do it. We’ve been covering some of these building blocks, like Omega-3s, collagen, and antioxidants on a few of our recent blog posts. In this article from our anti-aging clinic in Baton Rouge, we’d like to explore the benefits of taurine and how it can contribute to your longevity and well-being.
What is Taurine?
If you’re in the habit of checking the ingredient list on foods, you may have run across the word taurine (for example, on a can of Red Bull) without realizing what it was. Most people aren’t familiar with taurine beyond recognizing the name, and what’s even less well known is that taurine carries some pretty substantial anti-aging benefits. Taurine is not a fancy synthetic chemical or an astrological sign; it is an amino acid which is abundantly prevalent in our bodies and performs vital functions in many organs.
Anti-Aging Benefits of Taurine
In 2009, some researchers observed that taurine prevented stroke in stroke-prone rats, so they started looking into it a little deeper. If taurine helps prevent strokes, what effect does it have on cardiovascular disease and mortality rates? In their 2009 study, the researchers found that Japanese people tended to outlive other people, and they concluded that a high-taurine diet was the nutritional factor responsible for the longevity of the Japanese population.
Overall, the biological roles of taurine are well-known to the medical community. Taurine not only helps you live longer, it also helps with some of the uncomfortable realities that are associated with aging. Those “aches and pains” aren’t just random, they’re symptoms that something in your body is breaking down. However, taurine contributes to your overall health and wellbeing in the following areas.
- Obesity: Taurine has the ability to counteract weight gain, and in some cases, also promote weight loss.
- Diabetes: Glucose in your blood is a thing that can become harder for your body to control as you get older. Taurine can help to control glucose, reduce arterial stiffness, and minimize kidney damage.
- Heart Health: Taurine plays many roles in improving heart function, calming the sympathetic nervous system, and lowering blood pressure.
- Eyesight: Your retina is a vitally important part of your eye, and taurine deficiency can cause the retina to degenerate, which, in the worst case scenario, leads to blindness.
- Liver Health: The liver is a filter that performs countless roles that contribute to our overall health. Taurine can help to reduce fat deposits in the liver, and it can also help to protect liver cells against toxins.
Is Taurine Safe?
Since taurine is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies, our cells know what to do with it, and they will immediately put it to use building things that will benefit you. Taurine is also a naturally-occurring substance in many foods, particularly seafood and meat. The Mayo Clinic recognizes it to be generally safe to consume up to 3,000 milligrams a day of supplemental taurine. As your body’s ability to produce its own taurine declines as you age, it’s important to ensure that you’re getting enough to reap all its benefits.
However, it’s important to remember that any supplement you take can interact with other treatments and medications. For instance, taurine can speed up the pace that your body gets rid of estrogen, so if you’re taking estrogen or one of our other bioidentical hormone therapies, you should ask us about whether taurine would be a good idea for you.
Rejuvime Medical is committed to offering effective, natural treatments for anti-aging. Schedule your appointment with our clinic to get all the anti-aging remedies that will help you to look as good as you feel, and feel as good as you look.
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