Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for September 05, 2007


More research and I discover that Taurine is usually low in people who have candida. Not only that, but it’s low in people who have a zinc deficiency and can cause anxiety.

Taurine Deficiency – Possible Causes

There are many reasons your body could be low in taurine. Your body does not make enough taurine due to a deficiency in one or more of the following:

  • Cysteine and methionine (amino acids that make taurine in your body).
  • Pyridoxal-5-phosphate (the active form of vitamin B6).
  • Zinc (deficiency in zinc is common with elevated mercury levels).
  • Vitamin A.
  • Candida. If you have this systemic fungal infection, it produces an amino acid, beta-alanine, which competes with taurine for reabsorption in the kidney.

WHAT IS TAURINE?

Taurine is an amino acid which plays a major role in the brain as an “inhibitory” neurotransmitter & neuromodulator. It is similiar in structure to the amino acids GABA & L-Glycine, which are also neuroinhibitory. This means it helps to calm or stabilize an excited brain.

Taurine stabilizes nerve cell membranes thus depressing the firing of brain cells & dampening the nerve cell action of the excitatory amino acids, glutamate, aspartate, & quinolinate.

Taurine acts by regulating the sodium & potassium concentration in the cells & the magnesium level between the cells. This has everything to do with the electrical activity of the cells & subsequent communication between cells.

By this mechanism, it has anti-anxiety & anti-convulsant activity. It has also been found useful in some cases of migraine, insomnia, agitation, restlessness, irritability, alcoholism, obsessions, depression, hypomania/mania.

Dosage is from 500 mg twice daily to a total of 5000 mg daily in 3-4 divided doses, though I rarely recommend that high a dose. The total ideal body pool of taurine for adults is 12,000- 18,000 mg.

Since taurine also affects the hypothalamus to help regulate body temperature, a higher dose can decrease your temperature & give chilliness, so be aware of that.

Taurine also plays a role in memory & increases the level of a memory neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, in the brain (in animal studies).

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