Most of us would be thrilled to find a “two for the price of one” deal on a shopping trip – saving money and getting more than you bargained for is enough to brighten your afternoon. But it’s not every day that we come across a natural ingredient that can provide the same two-for-one benefit: Twice the health protection in one single nutrient.
TAURINE FOR THE EYES
Taurine is an amino acid derived from protein that can be found in high concentrations in the retina. As an amino acid in the eye, taurine is thought to protect against both toxic substances and ultraviolet light. Taurine, an organic compound and building block of protein, may have the power to nourish and protect our delicate sight organs from outside UV damage, minimising the devastating effects of macular degeneration.
While a deficiency in this amino acid could lead to retinal degeneration, supplementing with taurine may help to prevent, treat and stabilise retinal changes associated with macular degeneration.1 In 2016, free amino acids, including taurine, were called an “innovative treatment” for ocular surface diseases, like dry eye syndrome.2
TAURINE FOR THE HEART
The “eyes” have it, but what about other critical organs required to sustain life, like the heart? Taurine is considered by many leading physicians to be a prime strengthener of the heartbeat, making up 50 percent of “The potential health benefits of taurine in cardiovascular disease are rapidly emerging. Although more research needs to be performed, numerous experimental and several clinical studies demonstrated that taurine helps the cardiovascular system through a variety of mechanisms,” researchers wrote in a 2008 study published in Experimental & Clinical Cardiology.3 Also called a “wonder molecule” at the 17th International Taurine Conference, taurine deficiency has been linked to cardiomyopathy (heart disease) in several animal species.4
Taurine tablets are widely available, but the most effective form of amino acid delivery that can be transported directly to the eyes and heart is through the mouth. Sublingual taurine spray in a liquid formula may be up to 10 times better absorbed than tablets or capsules.
The state of our guts is what may be holding us back from properly absorbing taurine as a supplement. While popping a taurine tablet seems straightforward and even convenient, taurine deficiency has been associated with an imbalance in intestinal flora.5 Gut dysbiosis or a leaky gut, also a common by-product of our modern diet, can inhibit taurine absorption during digestion. Sublingual formulas, on the other hand, are absorbed through the mucosal membranes in the mouth, where they can reach the bloodstream without having to pass through the digestive tract.
Healing the gut by avoiding inflammatory, processed foods is imperative to improve the absorption of all supplements, but using a taurine spray provides a distinct advantage. Sublingual taurine can improve nutrient uptake by bypassing the gut and “cutting to the chase”.
The best way to boost Taurine levels. Each serving delivers 50mg L-taurine, which is the tablet equivalent of 500mg! Approx. 60 servings per bottle.
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2. Rusciano, D., Roszkowska, A. M., Gagliano, C. and Pezzino, S. 2016 Apr. Free amino acids: an innovative treatment for ocular surface disease. Eur J Pharmacol. 14. pii: S0014-2999(16)30244- 8. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2016.04.029.
3. Xu, Y.-J., Arneja, A. S., Tappia, P. S. and Dhalla, N.S. 2008. The potential health benefits of taurine in cardiovascular disease. Experimental & Clinical Cardiology. 13(2) pp. 57-65.
4. Schaffer, S. W., Jong, C. J., Ramila, K. C. and Azuma, J. 2010 Aug. Physiological roles of taurine in heart and muscle. J Biomed Sci. 24;17 Suppl 1:S2. doi: 10.1186/1423-0127-17-S1-S2. Review. 5. Yu, H., Guo, Z., Shen, S. and Shan, W. 2016
Jul. Effects of taurine on gut microbiota and metabolism in mice. Amino Acids. 48(7) pp. 1601-17. doi: 10.1007/s00726-016-2219-y. Epub 2016 Mar 30.