Taurine’s benefits are very broad and extensive and scientists have described it as a “wonder molecule”
The often quoted benefits of taurine is that it promotes cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, electrolyte balance, hearing function, and immune modulation.
However, it also has the ability to provide protection against reactive carbonyl species and advanced glycation end products (AGE’s).
In a 2004 study at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India, scientists, Nandhini AT, Thirunavukkarasu V, and Anuradha CV, fed rats a high fructose diet (60% total calories) and then provided a 2% taurine solution for 30 days in order to investigate the antiglycating effect of taurine in high fructose fed rats in vivo and the inhibiting potency of taurine in the process of in vitro glycation.
As a result of the experiment, the contents of glucose, glycated protein, glycosylated haemoglobin and fructosamine were significantly lowered by taurine treatment to high fructose rats. Taurine prevented in vitro glycation and the accumulation of AGEs.
Their conclusion was that these results underline the potential use of taurine as a therapeutic supplement for the prevention of diabetic pathology.
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