Taurine may lower heart inflammation in women
by Newsletter Editor
Taurine is an amino acid that helps developing nerves and regulates the mineral-water balance in the blood. In this study, 16 obese women and eight healthy-weight women took 3,000 mg of taurine per day, or a placebo, along with nutritional counseling. Compared to the healthy-weight women, taurine levels in the obese women were 41 percent lower.
After eight weeks, all participants had lost 3 percent of their body weight. Those taking taurine saw a 12 percent increase in adiponectin, a hormone secreted by fat cells, low levels of which are a sign of insulin resistance—the inability of the body to efficiently use insulin to metabolize sugars. While the placebo group had not changed, those taking taurine saw a significant decrease in signs of oxidative stress, and a 29 percent decrease in C-reactive protein, an inflammatory factor linked to vascular problems.