Taurine has also been found to have a role as an antioxidant. Another small study of healthy young men evaluated the pre- and post-exercise plasma levels of thiobarbituric-acid-reactive substances (TBARS), which can serve as an indicator of oxidative cell damage.7 The participants performed a session of ergometric exercise on bicycles until exhaustion. Plasma levels of taurine and TBARS had inverse correlations in the pre-exercise group. Then, the participants underwent a 7-day course of taurine supplementation and repeated the exercise routine. Following the supplementation and exercise, there were statistically significant increases in exercise time to exhaustion and maximal workload, correlating with at reduced serum TBARS level.7

Safety, interactions, side effects

Even though taurine is a naturally occurring amino acid, for supplemental use, it is considered ‘possibly safe,’ and it is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women and infants.1

In sufficient quantities, taurine can reduce blood pressure. Consequently, the intake of large doses of taurine in conjunction with other antihypertensive agents is not recommended.

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