Updated: Mar 25, 2019
Taurine is one of the most abundant amino acids in your brain and body. And a featured ingredient in many popular energy drinks.
As a nootropic, taurine functions as a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator. It activates GABA and glycine receptors which affects your mood and prevents seizures.
Taurine is a neuroprotectant because it reduces intracellular free calcium, protects from mitochondrial dysfunction, modulates energy metabolism within cells, modulates longevity genes, inhibits cellular stress associated with Alzheimer’s, acts as a brain cell health “quality control” and protects against stroke.
And taurine increases stem cells and progenitor cells in your brain which increases brain cell survival and neurogenesis.
Popular energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster are not the best sources of taurine for the serious neurohacker. You can get the same effect without the negatives by stacking taurine with a good caffeine source and a B-Complex supplement.
Neurohackers report that supplementing with taurine is a simple way to support energy levels.
Sleep is better, and taurine may be a safer alternative to prescription sleep meds.
Most people using taurine report sharper eyesight. Muscle pain is reduced, less depression, and no more insulin resistance.
Some report that adding taurine to their nootropic stack helped relieve chronic fatigue syndrome.
Because Taurine is almost exclusively available from animal-based foods, vegans and vegetarians are often at risk of Taurine deficiency.