By Lawrence Wilson, MD
© October 2014, The Center for Development
L-taurine is an organic acid that is found in fairly high concentration in all animal bodies, including human beings. It is sometimes called an amino acid, but technically it is not an amino acid. Taurine is very important in nutritional balancing science because it is an essential part of every four lows program. It is added to all nutritional balancing programs when the person is in a four lows pattern. When four lows is not present on a hair mineral test, I do not recommend adding taurine to the program except in rare cases, discussed below.
Supplementation. Taurine is quite yin in macrobiotic terminology. As a result, taking it 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.
1. A four lows pattern.
2. Rarely, cases of seizures respond to taurine. In some cases, it is important to stop seizures. Taurine occasionally helps, though definitely not in all cases. This may be because taurine has a generally sedative action.
3. Cats need some taurine, which is usually added to commercial cat food. I believe this is because of the presence of a parasitic condition in many cats, toxoplasmosis. I do not know why this increases their need for taurine.
Taurine for the four lows pattern. To help a person move out of a four lows pattern, I always add supplemental taurine – usually between 1000 mg and 2000 mg daily for adults - in 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.