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Learning a Bit about Taurine and Its Dietary Sources

Learning a Bit about Taurine and Its Dietary Sources

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It is a chemical compound that can be found within humans as well as many animals. It is an organic acid that is produced from cysteine, an amino acid which contains sulfur. It is also considered as sulfonic acid. If you know what kind of sulfonic amino acid that I am getting at then you are dead spot on if you answered – Taurine.

 

Taurine is discovered by German chemists named Leopold Gmelin and Friedrich Tiedemann by isolating taurine from an ox’s bile. Bile is a digestive juice that is produced in the liver and secreted by the gallbladder. Bile has a specific function upon release from the gallbladder which is to digest ingested food as well as fats.  It was named “taurine” for it came from the latin word “taurus” which means bull or ox for it was isolated from an adult castrated male bull.

 

Traces of taurine can also be found within the human and animal’s cells. Significant levels of taurine can be found within the bile and the lower instestine where the digestion of fats occurs. Other body areas such as the heart or the cardiac muscle, skeletal muscles, white blood cells and in the central nervous system are locations where concentrations of taurine can be seen.

 

Food sources of taurine can come in the variety of foods that we eat each day. These natural sources of foods rich in taurine include eggs, fish, meat, milk and other seafoods. Though most of the foods that are rich in taurine are the ones that are also rich in protein which mostly includes meat products and meat, vegatarians should not worry too much about this for there are amino acid supplements to raise their taurine levels without adding meat and fish into their diet.

 


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