Taurine lowers heart disease risk
Taurine, an amino acid common in body tissue, plays a central role in heart function.

In one study, doctors measured taurine levels in 14,274 healthy women. After 20 years of follow-up, 223 participants developed coronary heart disease (CHD). Researchers compared these to 223 other similar participants who had not developed CHD and found that, among women with high cholesterol levels, those who also had higher levels of taurine were 60 percent less likely to develop or die from CHD compared to women with lower taurine levels.

In discussing their findings, doctors said the taurine they measured came from natural sources, particularly dark-meat poultry, and that if future studies confirm the findings, the government may recommend those with high cholesterol eat more dark-meat poultry.

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