Taurine is important for the development and functioning of the body’s central nervous system, skeletal muscle, and the retina (eye), as well as in heart function.

What are the health benefits of taurine?

While sometimes referred to as an amino acid, taurine is actually an amino sulfonic acid.

Often taken as a supplement in the form of tablets or powder, taurine reportedly may have the following benefits:

Recommended dietary allowance (RDA)

When treating congestive heart failure, a daily dosage of between 2 and 6g, divided between two or three doses, is recommended.

However, first consult your Clicks pharmacist or doctor regarding recommended dosages for specific conditions before taking taurine.

Warnings

Very little is known about the effect of taking taurine during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, so it’s best women do not use it during these periods.

While there have been concerns raised regarding the negative effects of high amounts of taurine in energy drinks, studies reported that the amount of taurine in energy drinks are, in fact, far below the amount that can potentially be detrimental to your health.

Reportedly, those with bipolar disorder should exercise caution when considering using taurine, especially should they be taking lithium, as taurine might decrease the body’s ability to get rid of lithium, resulting in potentially serious side effects.

Possible side effects

Side effects could include:

  • Blood thinning
  • Changes to heart rate or rhythm
  • Extremely low blood sugar
  • Digestive problems
  • Dehydration

Ensure you discuss dietary supplementation with your Clicks pharmacist to avoid the potential for side effects and adverse interactions with medications.

This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in September 2015