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NOW Foods Taurine 500mg

100 capsules
NOW Foods Taurine 500mg

Taurine is a non-essential amino acid that unlike other amino acids is not used by the body for protein synthesis. Instead, taurine is freely available in most body tissues especially the nervous system. It functions by stabilising cell membranes, transporting minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium in and out of the cells. Taurine regulates nerve impulses and support pH balance.

Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 100


Amount Per Serving

% Daily Value

Taurine (Free-Form)

500 mg


† Daily Value not established.

Other Ingredients: Rice flour and gelatin (capsule).

Suggested Use

Take 1 capsule 1 to 4 times daily with juice or water, preferably between meals.


For adults only. Consult Doctor if pregnant/ nursing, taking medication, or if you have a medical condition.


  • Taurine functions as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It is also useful in healthy production of GABA or Gamma Amino-butyric Acid, another neurotransmitter with calming effects on the brain tissues. Supplements has been found to be effective at promoting healthy levels of both taurine and GABA in the brain in conditions related to their deficiencies like seizures and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Replenishing taurine and GABA appear to control seizure and OCD symptoms.
  • Taurine renders protection to the retina against oxidative stress. The retina is the light sensitive portion of the eyes that is very prone to oxidative damage brought by free radicals. As ageing naturally decreases the body’s taurine production, the retina is being deprived of taurine’s antioxidant protection. It increases the risk for retinal damage and possible vision loss.
  • This non-essential amino acid helps in decreasing the risk for cardiovascular diseases. According to research, people with higher levels of taurine in their body have lower blood pressure levels, lower body mass index, and lower concentrations of disease-causing lipids. All of these factors account for healthier cardiovascular functions and lower risk for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), heart attack, and hypertension.
  • Taurine can possibly aid with blood sugar control. The modern “sugar laden” diet produces excessive fructose, which is associated with diabetes-like symptoms in animals. Supplemental taurine help support the action of insulin for improved glucose tolerance and improved antioxidant protection.

Taurine is a non-essential amino acid that unlike other “building blocks of proteins” is not used for protein synthesis. While most amino acids are used to form protein-based structures like muscles, enzymes, and hormones, it is freely available in most tissues especially those found in the brain. There are conditions when taurine becomes a conditionally essential amino acid, which means that the body is not able to produce it on adequate amounts. Vegetarian or vegan contains lesser taurine, while disease conditions like cancer, liver disease, kidney problems, and diabetes may also cause deficiency. In these conditions, this amino acid must be adequately supplied from the diet or from taurine supplements. Taurine works in different mechanisms in tissues like stabilising the cell membranes, transporting the minerals sodium, magnesium, calcium, and potassium, as well as maintaining the body’s normal pH. In the brain, it functions as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, the type that generates a calming effect on the brain tissues. Additionally, this amino acid appears to boost the levels of Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase (GAD), the enzyme responsible for producing another inhibitory neurotransmitter called GABA (Gamma Amino-butyric Acid). These neurotransmitters work together to benefit conditions associated with too much excitatory or rapid electrical activity in the brain like seizures.