This important amino acid may increase lifespan, study finds
Taurine is one of the most common amino acids in our body. Our bodies produce taurine naturally, but we also consume it through food (ie contained in products such as 1 turkey, chicken, shellfish and dairy products).
It was shown that taurine lower blood pressure, act as an anti-inflammatory agent and support the health of the cardiovascular system1. It is also used as an adjunctive treatment for cystic fibrosis and hypertension, and is seen as a promising therapy for improve cardiac and musculoskeletal dysfunction2.
however, the concentration of taurine in our blood decreases with age3which prompted researchers to investigate whether increasing taurine levels later in life could improve health and longevity.
To test your theory, researchers fed middle-aged mice3 either taurine or a control solution that did not contain taurine, once daily for the rest of life.
They found that higher amounts of taurine actually improved many factors in the longevity and health of the mice that consumed the supplement. Life expectancy and life expectancy increased for taurine-fed mice, as did several health factors such as improving bone density, muscle mass, pancreatic function and gut health3.
The researchers noted that the lifespan of mice fed taurine increased by 18-25%3. They also found similar results in different species, such as monkeys and multicellular worms. Next, we need to confirm these findings in humans.
Bonus: According to the study, taurine supplementation also had a positive effect on several hallmarks of aging, including reduced DNA damage, reduced inflammation, and reduced cell destruction. The study also noted that low taurine concentrations are associated with obesity, hypertension, inflammation and type 2 diabetes.