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Amino Z Taurine
If you have spent any time doing this whole “health and fitness” thing then there is a very good chance that you would have heard about Taurine.
But what is it, and how does it work?
What is Taurine?
Taurine is a type of amino acid known as an “amino sulfonic acid” that is found naturally occurring throughout your entire body -- however, it appears in higher amounts in your brain, eyes, heart and muscle tissue.
Interestingly, unlike many of the other amino acids found in your body, Taurine is not used to build proteins. Instead, it is used to support a number of different processes, including the regulation of hydration in your cells, preventing oxidation in your body, and even supporting calcium signaling in your organs.
It is also important to note that as an amino acid, Taurine is considered to be “conditionally essential”.
This is because your body does have the capacity to produce taurine and it can be found in certain foods. However, it appears that taking more than what most people normally make and consume on a daily basis can offer a myriad of benefits.
Oh, and before we dive into these benefits, I should note that, despite what you may have heard, Taurine is not derived from bull urine or bull semen -- so nothing to worry about there.
OK, so what are those benefits?
1. Better Cardiovascular Health
If you want to lift for a long time, then Taurine could be your answer.
Your heart, arteries, and veins all contain these little things known as “taurine transporters” -- which play an important role in cardiovascular function.
In fact, taurine deficient diets have been shown to contribute to the development of heart disease in animals. There is also evidence demonstrating that people who excrete more taurine are at an increased risk of heart disease.
A recent study performed in middle-aged women showed that taking as little as 3 grams of taurine per day for 4 weeks can lower homocysteine levels . Given that the compound homocysteine is associated strongly with heart disease, this is of particular importance.
There is also an abundance of evidence to suggest that supplementing with taurine can lead to reductions in blood pressure , and even lower blood cholesterol levels  -- both of which are known risk factors for the onset of cardiovascular disease.
Taking all of this into consideration, it appears that Taurine supplements offer one of the more effective methods of improving heart health.
2.Improved Metabolic Health
In addition to its potent effect on heart health, there is also reason to believe that Taurine may improve metabolic health and stave off the onset of diabetes.
Animal models have shown that the long-term supplementing of taurine can lead to chronic reductions in blood sugar levels without any changes to diet or the introduction of an exercise regime .
This is extremely important when we consider that high blood sugar levels are a key contributor to the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Moreover, it appears that the supplementation of taurine may also help improve your body's sensitivity to the hormone insulin . This not only causes an improvement in metabolic health, but may also facilitate recovery by facilitating the movement of carbs and protein into your muscle cells after exercise.
3. Greater Training Performance
It also appears that Taurine also plays a big role with respect to training performance.
Again, in animal studies, Taurine has been shown to improve muscular endurance (i.e. your muscles ability to resist fatigue), while simultaneously causing significant improvements in muscle strength .
In limiting the accumulation of fatigue, it also appears to reduce the amount of muscle damage you experience in a workout.
Collectively, these could have a significant impact on your training performance by allowing you to perform more repetitions per session. This would, in turn, lead to some significant increases in training volume, which is known to increase muscle growth.
4. May Promote Fat Loss
Finally, there is evidence to suggest that it increases fat burning during exercise .
In short, individuals who take Taurine before exercise see an increase in fat mobilisation and fat metabolism, which greatly improves your ability to breakdown and metabolise fat molecules for energy.
Over time this could lead to improvements in fat loss -- making it a great addition to your cardio days.
Does Taurine Have Any Side Effects?
Tarine is one of the most well-researched supplements on the planet -- with a huge body of evidence indicating that it has no negative side effects when used in the recommended amounts.
However, we should note that as with all amino acid supplements, issues could arise in those individuals who have diagnosed kidney problems.
With this in mind, we would suggest that you seek advice from a medical professional before supplementation -- just in case.
Taurine is an amino acid that offers a myriad of benefits, including better exercise performance, improved heart and metabolic health, and even accelerated fat loss.
And given that it is extremely safe, it offers one of the most useful supplements on the planet.
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2. Sun, Qianqian, et al. "Taurine supplementation lowers blood pressure and improves vascular function in prehypertension: randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study." Hypertension 67.3 (2016): 541-549.
3. Chen, Wen, Jun-Xia Guo, and Ping Chang. "The effect of taurine on cholesterol metabolism." Molecular nutrition & food research 56.5 (2012): 681-690.
Kim, Kyoung Soo, et al. "Taurine ameliorates hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia by reducing insulin resistance and leptin level in Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima fatty (OLETF) rats with long-term diabetes." Experimental & molecular medicine 44.11 (2012): 665-673.
4. Franconi, Flavia, et al. "Taurine supplementation and diabetes mellitus." Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care 9.1 (2006): 32-36.
5. Goodman, Craig A., et al. "Taurine supplementation increases skeletal muscle force production and protects muscle function during and after high-frequency in vitro stimulation." Journal of Applied Physiology 107.1 (2009): 144-154.
6. Rutherford, Jane A., Lawrence L. Spriet, and Trent Stellingwerff. "The effect of acute taurine ingestion on endurance performance and metabolism in well-trained cyclists." International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism 20.4 (2010): 322-329.
Total Serves per Package: 1000
Serving Size: 1.0000g
|Per 1g Serve||Per 100g|
|Energy||17 kJ||1700 kJ|
|Protein||1 g||100 g|
|Carbohydrate||0 g||0 g|
|Complex Carbs||0 g||0 g|
|Sugar||0 g||0 g|
|Fibre||0 g||0 g|
|Fat||0 g||0 g|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0 g|
|Caffeine||0 mg||0 mg|
|Sodium||0 mg||0 mg|
Mix 1 serve with 250mL of water and mix well with a shaker.
Please note that the nutritional profile will vary according to your flavour selection.
Lab Test Results
Product quality and transparency is at the heart of our values. Below you will find the independent third-party lab tests we have published relevant to this product.
Ingredient Lab TestsTaurine: Lab test date: 09/04/20
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