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The Forgotten Longevity Benefits of Taurine

By Ian Macleavy
The Forgotten Longevity Benefits of Taurine

The Japanese have a life expectancy that is among the highest in the world. In fact, Okinawa, Japan’s famous “Island of Longevity,” likely has the world’s highest percentage of people over 100 years old.1

Undoubtedly, there are many factors that play into the life spans of the longest-living populations, but evidence shows that they all have one thing in common: high dietary intake of an amino acid called taurine.2

The connection between taurine and a long life is so strong that researchers have dubbed taurine, “The nutritional factor for the longevity of the Japanese.”3

Taurine promotes cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, electrolyte balance, hearing function, and immune modulation. In animal research, taurine protected against heart failure, reducing mortality by nearly 80%.4

Its benefits are so broad and extensive that scientists have described taurine as “a wonder molecule.”5

Taurine is found abundantly in healthy bodies.6 However, certain diets, particularly vegetarian or vegan diets, lack adequate amounts of taurine.7,8 Disease states—including liver, kidney, or heart failure, diabetes, and cancer—can all cause a deficiency in taurine.9-11 And aging bodies often cannot internally produce an optimal amount of taurine, making supplementation vital.12

That’s why those interested in longevity should consider this vital and super low-cost nutrient. In this article, you’ll learn how boosting taurine levels can contribute to better cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurologic health.


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I've been taking Taurine supplements

And already my erections have improved. Just kidding. I take it for cardiovascular health, but I didnt know about all these other benefits, thanks!

I found this.. which is bad news for vegans

Foods that are natural sources of taurine are meat and animal products such as seafood, meat, milk, and eggs. Vegetarians and vegans are known to be chronically deficient in taurine. One of the worst things about nutrient deficiencies associated with the vegan diet is that their lack of taurine will them very anxious. With the added stress and over-stimulated nervous system that goes with taurine deficiency, vegans are in for a rough time.

A supplement will help non meat eaters, but including organic grass-fed and wild meats and animal products is suggested because this will also provide a nice dose of DHA and EPA omega-3s. Plus, you’ll get extra carnitine (essential for fat burning and works synergistically with taurine), creatine (great for body composition and performance), and conjugated linoleic acid (helps prevent prostate and breast cancer).


I was Vegan for 9 months and my health...

went down. I felt very weak by the end of 9 months and I was pulling muscles left and right. After eating meat and dairy again, I feel much better. I'm staying away from carbs as well, not completely but lower than I have in the past. The fat has melted away. I can start to see an outline of my abs. I gained weight while Vegan.

Vegan wasn't for me but I do eat plenty of veggies....with grass-fed meat and cage-free dairy.

I feel like a new person.

Is this an advertizement for taurine WTF?

Japanese consume the highest amounts of Iodine in their diets, about 4 Mg per day, from sea weed. Highest of any culture on earth.

I have heard this was the reason the Japanese are so healthy.


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Okinawa? They have high levels of calcium in their soil.

Also, there are long-living people in the mountains (Tibet), where mountain streams are milky with calcium.

Calcium is the #1 substance in the human body (after water), and is a part of every bodily function (..is necessary to maintain sanity).

I've never heard of longevity information on Taurine (..and I haven't researched everything).

Maybe Taurine and Calcium are two biggies to concentrate upon.

Thanks for the post, I'll have to look closer.

tthanks for this! (heres a small excerpt)

Taurine occurs naturally in food, especially in seafood and meat.76 The amount consumed in most societies, however, is quite low. The mean daily intake from omnivore diets was determined to be around 58 mg (range of 9 to 372 mg).77 In another study, taurine intake was estimated to be generally less than 200 mg a day, even in individuals eating a high-meat diet.78 According to another study, taurine consumption was estimated to vary between 40 and 400 mg a day.77

Successful clinical studies with taurine have used daily doses of 1,500 to 3,000 mg.14,20,23,37,65 It is challenging to obtain this amount of taurine from traditional dietary sources.

Taurine is made by the body from the metabolism of the amino acid cysteine.9,10 Aging can reduce the amount of taurine made from cysteine, thus making taurine supplementation desirable in maturing individuals.12,51,79

Taurine is not abundant in most plant foods.7 On average, non-vegetarians typically eat around 43-76 mg of taurine per day.77 Vegans have been shown to have lower blood levels of taurine.80


thank you.

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