You’ve probably seen taurine labelled in bold print as one of the staple ingredients in many of your sports supplements. That’s because this non-essential amino acid is said to be useful in increasing muscle mass, as it is very abundant in muscle tissue. On another note, I can almost guarantee you have seen the word taurine slapped onto an ice-cold can of an energy drink at your local corner store.
So maybe you’ve seen it associated with a sugary, caffeinated beverage and assumed the worst. But hey, give taurine a second chance! I want to talk to you guys a little about why WE use taurine in our MindGain nootropic, and how you can benefit from it!
Taurine is a special amino acid because it is sulphur containing, doesn’t incorporate into proteins, and is one of the most abundant amino acids in the brain, retina, muscle tissue, and heart. It has long been known, that taurine is extremely important for the body, and plays a critical role in brain development. Recently, it has been noted that changes in taurine levels can be associated with impaired cognition, so could taurine supplementation maintain a healthy brain? Science seems to think so. Though all the mechanisms are not yet known, taurine is believed to help cognition a few different ways.
Taurine has received considerable attention for its neuroprotective effects, and its ability to maintain cellular integrity throughout the central nervous system. Taurine supplementation has often been used for improving fatigue and mental and athletic performance, as well as a treatment strategy for congestive heart failure, and hypertension.
We all remember our favourite quote from grade 8 science, right? THE MITOCHONDRIA IS THE POWERHOUSE OF THE CELL! Well, mitochondria are tiny little organelles floating around in our cells that break down molecules from digested food and create energy through a fun process called cellular respiration. However, cellular respiration isn’t all fun, as in addition to energy, it also creates free-oxide radicals (angry oxygen molecules that cause damage). Oxidative stress is linked to tissue damage and mitochondrial dysfunction. In other words, poorly functioning mitochondria = poor energy and focus! So where does taurine come in? Because of its sulphur group, taurine has antioxidant properties. During oxidative stress, antioxidants have the ability to improve mitochondrial function and restore the balance. During physical or psychological stress, where oxidative stress can be elevated, taurine supplementation could ensure proper function of the mitochondria and lead to a dramatic improvement in cognition and mood.
Digestion of Fatty-Acids
Taurine is a key component of bile, which is needed for the digestion of fat and fat-soluble vitamins! With that being said, if your bile output is low, and fat digestion is impaired, what does this mean for cognitive health? Well, you’ve heard of essential fatty acids, right? Part of what makes them essential is the fact that they are incredibly important in protecting brain cell membranes! Not to mention, vitamin D is classified as a fat-soluble vitamin, and it’s super important for supporting mood and nervous tissue health!
Overall, taurine in combination with other brain-healthy nutrients can be wonderful for improving cognitive function. Cough, cough, sounds a lot like MindGain!
Keep reading our future blog posts to get the inside scoop on all of our other ingredients used in MindGain as well as some tips and tricks to stay focused and improve memory!
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