Taurine Amounts in Energy Drinks and Safe Dosage Limits – Book Excerpt of the Week

“Three of the most popular energy drink brands in the US have 1000 milligrams of taurine per serving so it’s unlikely taurine coming from an energy drink will cause any side effects.”

As we continue to move page-by-page through my book on energy drinks, this week’s excerpt is about taurine and how much you can consume safely. The maximum amount a person can have with no side effects is called the “No Observable Adverse Effect Level” (NOAEL).

The NOAEL for taurine was accepted as 1000mg/kg body weight or 455mg/lb body weight. This NOAEL was accepted by the European Food Safety Authority in a comprehensive review of the safety and use of taurine and glucoronolactone in energy drinks (EFSA 2009).
To learn more about energy drink ingredients  (what they are/what they do/how much to consume), stay tuned every Monday for more excerpts from “Are You a Monster or a Rock Star-A Guide to Energy Drinks: How They Work, Why They Work, How to Use Them Safely”

Taurine and the Heart – Book Excerpt of the Week 

The Book Excerpt of the Week deals with TAURINE. This is a very common energy drink ingredients, but have you ever wondered what it does?

In my book, I review the What It Is/What It Does/How Much Do I Need for the most common energy drink ingredients. Taurine has multiple functions (see last week’s excerpt). One of the things it does is control ion balances (ions like sodium, potassium, calcium).

Taurine can help with bloating because taurine helps the body restore the ideal balance of sodium and potassium, reducing water retention. Taurine also helps restore the balance of calcium ions inside heart muscle cells. Calcium imbalances can lead to cell death and heart muscle damage.
Does this mean an energy drink is good for the heart? No. An energy drink contains many ingredients, so the functions of all those ingredients has to be considered.

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Taurine the Taxi Cab – Book Excerpt of the Week 

As part of my book on the science behind energy drink ingredients, we look at taurine and what it does.

Taurine and Fat Solubility

Protein and carbohydrates are water-soluble, so it’s easy for them to get onto the highway (the bloodstream) and travel to the next stage of digestion. Since fat is not water-soluble, it needs a little help with transportation. Like a taxi cab, taurine can help fat reach its destination.

Taurine the Taxi

Taurine is an amino acid that links up (or “conjugates”) with bile salts in the liver and intestines. In its conjugated (linked up) form, part of the molecule is water-soluble and part is fat-soluble. The fat-soluble part helps your body digest fats by making them soluble. Fat can’t be metabolized if it can’t be absorbed, and it can’t be absorbed until it’s soluble.

FOR MORE ON TAURINE’S FUNCTION, stay tuned for next week’s book excerpt!



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Taurine, bad Zodiac jokes, and bull sperm- Book Excerpt of the Week 

One of the many reasons I decided to write an energy drink book is “bull sperm”. I kid* you not, there were people out there who insisted taurine was a fancy name for bull sperm. They were younger people, hence the “*”, but I couldn’t stand this gross eggageration (so.many.puns). 

Fact-taurine was first isolated from ox bile in 1822. The name comes from Bos taurus, the genus and species of ox.

Okay, so then what is taurine, really?

Taurine is an amino acid, just not the kind of amino acid that is a “building block” for protein.

So what does it DO? WHY is it in energy drinks? 

For that answer, stay tuned for next week’s book excerpt, as we continue through Part THREE of the Energy Drink Guide. We’ll discuss the WHAT IS IT, WHAT DOES IT DO, HOW MUCH IS TO MUCH for 30 of the most common energy drink ingredients. 

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Caffeine-Taurine Interactions, Husky puppies and emergency breaks — Book Excerpt of the Week 

Ever wonder whether there’s an interaction between caffeine and taurine? Caffeine and taurine both influence something called angiotensin II, which raises blood pressure. Caffeine augments the action of angiotensin II, but taurine tones it down [source: European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food, 2003].

So what happens to your blood pressure and heart rate when you consume an energy drink with caffeine and taurine? How do these two ingredients work with each other?

In one study, a drink with 80mg caffeine and 1,000mg taurine increased blood pressure and heart rate of the study participants. On the seventh straight day of the study, heart rate increased by 11% after consuming the drink. However there were no significant electrocardiogram (EKG) changes. It’s worth repeating that you should LIMIT CAFFEINE if you have heart or blood pressure conditions.

  • This study also suggests you shouldn’t have an energy drink every single day… (#moderation!)

Maybe taurine keeps the heart rate from escalating further, but it’s hard to say because this study wasn’t blind or placeo controlled, and there was no taurine-free caffeinated drink to compare the results against.

Caffeine-Taurine interaction remains questionable and unproven.