Taurine: Burn 16% more fat every cardio session

Taurine

Unrelated to the Ford Taurus, taurine is an amino sulfonic acid that is found in large amounts in the brain, retina, heart and blood platelet cells. It accounts for up to 0.1% of total body weight (no, restricting taurine intake is not a viable cutting strategy).

Why we like it

  • Taurine is often used as part of a stack to reduce AAS and SARMs-induced excessive muscle pumps

Personally, on SARMs cycle, running can become nearly impossible for me due to painful shin pumps. Taurine is part of the stack that fixes this issue for me (in addition to magnesium, potassium and sodium). For this purpose I have taken up to 8g a day, throughout the day. It has been shown to improve bloodflow in type 1 diabetics

  • Taurine taken before cardio can increase fat burned by 16%

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20739720

T ingestion resulted in a 16% increase (5 g, ~84 kJ; p < .05) in total fat oxidation over the 90-min exercise period compared with CON and PL. The acute ingestion of 1.66 g of T before exercise did not enhance TT performance but did result in a small but significant increase in fat oxidation during submaximal cycling in endurance-trained cyclists.

  • Taurine can protect your nuts from nicotine, arsenic, cadmium, and more

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20498001

taurine supplementation with nicotine prevented the degeneration of germ cells to some extent, restored spermatogenesis moderately with decreased sperm head abnormalities, and enhanced sperm counts, accompanied with increase in plasma and ITT concentrations, testicular StAR gene expression, and key androgenic enzymes activities

It appears it may be able to attenuate testosterone decrease due to oxidative factors

  • Taurine can protect your kidneys and liver

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17006602

taurine administration appears to reduce the injurious effects of I/R (ischemia/reperfusion injury) on kidney.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17624716

taurine administration normalized the arsenic-induced enhanced levels of the marker enzymes ALT and ALP in hepatocytes. The cytoprotective activity of taurine against arsenic poisoning was found to be comparable to that of a known antioxidant, vitamin C. Combining all, the results suggest that taurine protects mouse hepatocytes against arsenic induced cytotoxicity

  • Taurine is considered to be absolutely safe to use long-term at a dose of 3g per day, though higher doses are likely safe as well

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18325648

the evidence for the absence of adverse effects is strong for Tau at supplemental intakes up to 3 g/d … and these levels are identified as the respective OSLs for normal healthy adults. Although much higher levels of each of these amino acids have been tested without adverse effects and may be safe, the data for intakes above these levels are not sufficient for a confident conclusion of long-term safety, and therefore these values are not selected as the OSLs.