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Ingredient Type: Constituent

Also Known As: 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid

Taurine is an amino sulfonic acid that is widely distributed in animal tissues.  It is a major constituent of bile and has many fundamental biological roles.  It is essential for cardiovascular function, and development and function of skeletal muscle, the retina, and the central nervous system.  Taurine is also an antioxidant, helping protect the body from harsh environmental factors.  It is primarily consumed in the diet through meat and fish.

Taurine is used in health supplements today for its antioxidant properties.


In the meantime see the entry for taurine, the entry for taurine, the WebMD entry for taurine, this Mayo Clinic article on taurine in energy drinks, the RXList entry for taurine, or the Michigan Medicine Health Library entry for taurine for more information.