Taurine Has No Effect on High-Intensity Endurance Performance

Taurine does not improve high-intensity running performance— according to a Brazilian study. Taurine is an amino acid that helps regulate cell fluid balance and calcium levels, protects cells against reactive oxygen species, stabilizes cell membranes and decreases inflammation. It is found in high concentrations in nerve and muscle cells. It is also a prominent ingredient in many energy drinks and supplements. It crosses the blood-brain barrier and is involved in a variety of brain functions. However, few studies have examined its effectiveness in improving athletic performance. Taurine provides some protection against blood clotting from taking anabolic steroids, but does not improve exercise performance. (Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 14:498-503, 2016)

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