Expanding knowledge on taurine expands brains

Expanding knowledge on taurine expands brains

Lizzie Quinlan and Elizabeth Quinlan

Scientists have done what we all thought was impossible. For years they have believed that brain shrinkage was unavoidable and irreparable. With new found research, it has been proven that it is possible for brain cells to regenerate. An amino acid called taurine has been an important factor in finding out that it is possible for brain cells to be recreated. Taurine is a low cost amino acid that can stimulate new brain cells to grow in adults.

Taurine levels decrease in humans as we age, therefore, the older we are, the harder it is for our bodies to maintain the average level. Since the taurine levels are decreasing as we age, older adults are unable to maintain the average level of new brain cells that are required to keep their younger quicker responses towards occurrences that would potentially damage our bodies. Lacking taurine may also be a factor as to why we have so many brain disorders. Taurine can improve individual’s memories who struggle with memory loss or with dementia.

Being able to bring back taurine in brain cells can improve one’s brain structure and its function. Studies on animals, such as aging mice, have proven that taurine initiates new brain cells to grow in the hippocampus, which is a section of the brain that is involved with one’s memory.  Those mice that were given taurine showed an increase in the growth of new brain cells, especially in the section of the brain that is involved with memory, over those mice that were not given taurine. The taurine “activated” certain cells in the mice that then turned into several amounts of different kinds of cells.

Taurine shortage in animals reduces brain growth by hindering the normal neural development. Studies have shown that this problem can be reversed, when taurine is added to aging brain cells, the development of new cells increases largely.

It not only advocates the growth of new brain cells, it also heightens neurites, which are small projections from the cell body of a neuron that help brain cells interact with other cells. Neurites enhance the connection between other cells, while a signal is brought to support the memory, feeling, and thinking. Toxins and types of chemicals can damage the neurites, which is why comprehension and reasoning could be slower in older people than younger. Taurine improves our neurite growth that was affected by toxins and chemicals.

Taurine has many other positive factors other than improving our brain’s function as we age. It also protects against diabetes and related complications involved with it. It helps treat individuals with high blood pressure, protects against heart disease, and lastly helps with people who struggle with anxiety issues.

Taurine is often referred to as a conditional amino acid, meaning that it can be produced by the body. People who are unable to make taurine in their own bodies then must get the amount they need either in their diet or in supplements. There are many reasons as to why people take the supplement as a form of medicine. Some use it to treat high blood pressure, hepatitis, high cholesterol, or congestive heart failure. It can also be used to help with epilepsy, autism, ADHD, diabetes and alcoholism.

Taurine levels decrease largely as we age, and they tend to be lower in people who struggle with brain disorders that are age related. Studies have proven that there can be protection against heart diseases and other functions by taking this supplementation.

Taurine, which is considered to be a low cost amino acid, can do what many of the other amino acids cannot. While it most importantly can stimulate new brain cells in those individuals who tend to lack them as they age, it also has many other factors that prove it to be a very important amino acid.

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