Taurine is found in large amounts in the brain, retina, heart, and blood cells called platelets. The best food sources are meat, fish, and eggs.
Taurine can be manufactured in the body of most people from other amino acids. But some people cannot make it and need to get taurine from their diet or supplements.
People take taurine for congestive heart failure (CHF) and swelling (inflammation) of the liver (hepatitis). It is also used for athletic performance, boosting energy, diabetes, and other conditions;Nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drug treatment, Kidney damage caused by cancer drugs, Liver scarring (cirrhosis), Memory and thinking skills (cognitive function), Cystic fibrosis, Diabetes, Fatigue, A digestive tract infection that can lead to ulcers (Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori), High blood pressure, Infant development, Low levels of healthy red blood cells (anemia) due to iron deficiency, Muscle soreness, A group of inherited disorders that cause muscle weakness and muscle loss (muscular dystrophy), Recovery after surgery, A mental disorder marked by hallucinations and delusion (psychosis), Lack of sleep (sleep deprivation), An eye disease that leads to vision loss in older adults (age-related macular degeneration or AMD), Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, Seizure disorder (epilepsy), High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia).