Time 4 Whey Professional – Taurine

Taurine is an amino acid which is highly expressed in various tissues, including skeletal muscle, where it is involved in the ion channel regulation, in the modulation of intracellular calcium concentration, and where it plays an important role as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory factor.

It also plays a role in maintaining proper hydration and electrolyte balance; forming bile salts, which play an important role in digestion; regulating minerals such as calcium within the cells; supporting the general function of the central nervous system and eyes; and regulating the immune system.

Taurine supplementation has also been proposed as a treatment option against muscle loss in sarcopenia patients. The mitochondrial disfunction that accompanies such a state is a source of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), taurine takes on the role of an antioxidant molecule in such circumstances and improves homeostasis.

It applies the brakes to catabolism by directly inhibiting the expression of Astrogin-1 and MuRF-1 and downregulating the inflammatory cytokine Tumour Necrosis Factor alpha (TNF).