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Taurine May Reverse Damage Done By Smoking!

A recent study published in the January 7, 2003 issue of Circulation involving 15 healthy smokers and 15 healthy non-smokers has related intake of the amino acid Taurine to improved blood vessel function in smokers. Initial observation of both groups revealed a lesser vessel diameter in smokers vs. non-smokers. After introducing 1.5 grams of Taurine per day for 5 days, the blood vessel diameters of both groups were the same!

Vessel dilation as a response to the changing levels of blood flow is essential to ensure proper vessel function. Because smoking brings about a change in the flexibility of blood vessels, this can ultimately result in endothelial dysfunction, an early sign of atherosclerosis and a primary cause of heart attacks and strokes. Dr. David J. Bouchier-Hayes, principal investigator of the study maintains that cigarette smoke causes blood vessels to “behave like a rigid pipe rather than a flexible tube.”

Taurine is a non-essential amino acid present in fish and, on more than one occasion and study has proven to be effective in reducing the risk of strokes and heart disease and in restoring normal blood vessel function in smokers. Therapy utilizing this amino acid has been related to favorable responses in patients suffering from congestive heart failure (Amino Acids 2000; 18(4):305-18), and a study involving 24 populations in 16 countries revealed a strong inverse association between levels of Taurine excretion and ischemic heart disease (Hypertens res 2001 Jul; 24(4):453-7.

Australian studies have found Taurine in all types of fish including fatty fish, mild fish, and white fish. It can also be ingested in the form of supplements.

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Life Extension March 2003