TAURINE – THE MOST COMMONLY DEFICIENT AMINO ACID
Of all the amino acids present in humans, taurine is the most abundant. Unfortunately, it is also deficient in more individuals than any other amino acid. Eighty-six percent of significantly depressed individuals are deficient in taurine. This deficiency may become symptomatic in virtually any organ system, since taurine's major metabolic role is regulation of the electrical charge on cell membranes, a role synergistic with magnesium.
Heart muscle and the retina contain the highest concentration of taurine. Overall, taurine drastically counteracts or down-regulates the body's stress reaction, helping stabilize carbohydrate metabolism, insulin levels and epinephrine levels and muscle tension.
As a mild sedative to the nervous system, taurine is anti-nociceptive – it assists in reducing pain, as well as assisting in regulation of serotonin, prolactin, growth hormone, immune function and cholesterol metabolism.
Taurine is widely used in Europe and Japan to treat epilepsy. My personal experience suggests that all epileptics should take about 3000 mg. of taurine daily and either magnesium taurate or magnesium lotion. Other clinical indications are macular degeneration, elevated cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, congestive heart failure, heart rhythm irregularities and insomnia.
It is well known that alcohol, even within five or six hours of sleep, interferes with Stage 4 sleep. Thus, I recommend that anyone who drinks alcohol take 2000 to 3000 mg. of taurine at bedtime. This precaution appears to block the sleep-interference of alcohol.
Incidentally, there is NO taurine in vegetables. Taurine is a unique animal amino acid found in virtually all animal protein, eggs, milk and flesh foods, including fish, fowl and, of course, beef. It was named for Taurus since it was first found in ox bile, where in humans as well, taurine binds with cholestero