Info: Available in 100 Capsules or 227 g Powder
Taurine is a free-form amino acid that assists in lipid metabolism, which helps stabilize active tissues in the heart and brain, and also helps the body absorb other nutrients (it's a key constituent of bile acids). In addition to helping to support and maintain healthy heart function (depletion can lead to developing cardiomyopathy), it may also have antioxidant properties that can help protect the macular region of the eye, in particular. It's found in meats, fish, milk and eggs, but not in vegetable proteins. As a supplement, it may be of particular interest to those engaged in intense exercise (since it is depleted during exercise), or who wish to maintain healthy cardiovascular function.
Each Capsule (NPN: 80005056) contains:
Taurine (free form): 500 mg
Other ingredients: Rice Flour and Capsule (Gelatin, Water).
Each half level teaspoon of Powder (NPN: 80026850) contains:
Taurine (free form): 2000 mg
Other ingredients: None.
Capsules -- Adults: Take 2 capsules 1 to 4 times a day with juice or water, between meals. Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 7 weeks.
Powder -- Adults: Take from a half to a level teaspoon 3 times a day, on an empty stomach. (May be added to liquids or shakes for easy delivery.)
Warnings:Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are currently taking any oral prescription medications.
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