By Lawrence Wilson, MD
© July 2014, The Center for Development
Taurine is a very important amino acid in nutritional balancing science because it is an essential part of every four lows program.
Please recall that the amino acids are very yin in macrobiotic terminology, and so taking them as a supplement is often not a good idea. I find that if a person eats correctly, with some animal protein each day – and takes at least one GB-3 tablet with each meal, then supplementing with taurine is usually not needed, except in those with a four lows pattern.
To help a person move out of a four lows pattern, I always add supplemental taurine – between 1000 mg and 2000 mg daily for adults, in almost all cases. I do not know why this helps a lot, but it does.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TAURINE
Sources. The main food sources of taurine are meats, especially red meats such as lamb. This is our preferred source of taurine in nutritional balancing science.
Effects. Taurine has the following effects in the body:
L-Taurine has a protective effect on the brain, especially when the brain may be dehydrated. It also works with zinc to maintain good eye function.
L-Taurine may be useful in the treatment of alcoholism.
L-Taurine supplements may also reduce symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Stimulates the release of growth hormone which causes muscle growth and reduces body fat.
L-Taurine may help insomnia, in a few cases.
L-Taurine produces melanin, the pigment of the skin and hair.
L-Taurine helps with states of depression and anxiety.
L-Taurine helps produce norepinephrine, which is an appetite suppressant.
L-Taurine plays an important role in the function of the adrenal, pituitary and thyroid glands.
L-Taurine increases red and white blood cells.
L-Taurine elevates mood.
L-Taurine may be helpful for brain, heart, and digestive support.
L-Taurine promotes healthy brain cell activity.
L-Taurine supports healthy heart function.