Taurine – a nutrient found in meat, fish and sold as a supplement – extends life and boosts health in a range of animal species, scientists say.
An amino acid that plays important roles in neurotransmitter regulation, muscle function, immune system support, as well as maintaining proper vision and cardiovascular health, taurine also acts as an antioxidant and contributes to the production of energy in the body.
Taurine is found in particularly high concentrations in the mitochondria, the energy-producing powerhouses of the cells. It helps support mitochondrial function by facilitating the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things. The production of energy is vital for life as our every movement and action requires it to be provided simultaneously to billions of cells. Additional nutrients involved in the production of energy include vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins, carnitine, and CoQ10.
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