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If you noticed Taurine on the ingredients label of your favorite energy drink, you might be wondering what this natural compound is and how it works.
Remarkably little has been determined about Taurine’s effects on the brain, but what we do know actually runs contrary to the public perception of this natural nutrient.
While Taurine is viewed as a natural energy-booster, it does not in fact have stimulatory effects. Instead, this supplement has a sedative effect and can be used to calm the brain down during periods of excessive neuron firing.
As a Nootropic, Taurine may be used to reduce anxiety while promoting sleep and relaxation. There is also limited evidence that this supplement can augment LTP which is the process that results in memory formation.
Dosages between 500mg - 2,000mg have shown efficacy, although the upper limit for toxicity is placed at a much greater level and high doses are well-tolerated.
The upper limit for which one can be relatively assured no side effects will occur over a lifetime has been suggested to be 3g a day.