What is Taurine?

I’ve seen it in a lot of drinks such as Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar, and Sobe.  I never really knew what it was.  If you want to know the mystery… here it is.

Taurine, or 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid, is an organic acid. It is also a major constituent of bile and can be found in the lower intestine and, in small amounts, in the tissues of many animals, including humans. Taurine is a derivative of the sulfur-containing (sulfhydryl) amino acid cysteine. …

Taurine is STOMACH BILE.

The stuff at the bottom of your stomach that digests your food.  It was first identified in an Ox, thus the latin name for bull, “Taurus.”  While we know for sure that taurine aids in the breakdown of fats and absorption of vitamins, there are many other claims that have been made concerning its usefulness in the human body.  Bodybuilders take it with creatine, which may help reduce fatigue and soreness.  Taurine aids in the breakdown of fats and absorption of vitamins.  In infants and some animals, specifically cats, taurine is a requirement for eye health and development. Premature infants who cannot naturally produce taurine must have formula with taurine added to ensure proper development.

It may reduce high blood in adults and is being tested as a potential treatment for bipolar depression. Studies on mice have shown that taking taurine supplements while on a high fat diet kept them from gaining weight. In other studies, diabetic rats saw improvement in losing weight, and lower blood sugar levels.

University of London researchers claim that taurine may counteract the effects of heavy drinking on the liver because it prevents fat from building up in the organ. Although this is not the intended or most responsible use of taurine, news of this have led many to believe that drinking an energy drink with high levels of taurine may be the perfect “morning after” treatment after a night of heavy drinking.

Is it safe?  Experiments show people who consumed 3 grams a day (the recommended dosage) over the course of a year, experienced no negative side effects.  And when overdosed, the kidneys clean it out.  It doesn’t build up or affect the body negatively in any way.  Because it is immediately flushed out, it’s not likely that it will cause any problems.    However, people with liver or kidney problems may have issues expelling the taurine, which can be harmful. Mixing alcohol is popular with taurine, since they are in so many energy drinks.  Mixing the two with anti depressants or stimulants can be harmful, even deadly.

However, no need to worry!  Taurine is made synthetically in a lab today.


Kristie Manning

Fashion Designer: Laura Karlin

-Name? Laura Karlin

-DOB? astrology sign? April 29th, Taurus (but I’m not really into that much…)

-Where are you from? Lincoln, NE

-Where do you live now? Lawrence, KS

-Where did you study? University of Nebraska

-What inspires you as a designer? I think beauty in general inspires me; beauty in nature, colors, shape, texture, pretty much anything. And my thoughts about what I would want to wear inspire me – I don’t design anything I wouldn’t put on and walk out of the house in.

-What is your goal as a designer? My goal as a designer is to create clothes that might help people discover what they want to wear and what their personal style is. I don’t think people should/have to wear what I design, but if they see something new they like in one of my designs and make it their own, I see that as success.

-What are your inspirations? I’m not really sure I can put my finger on any specific inspirations I have, because it could really come from anywhere.

-Favorite artists? Titian, Jan van Eyck (old guys)

-Fav photogs? Audrey Hannah

-Fav designers? Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu, Balenciaga, Armani Prive, Oscar de la Renta, ZARA (if that counts) and lots more

-If you could see your outfits on any celebrity who would it be? Anyone! But if I could choose, either Blake Lively or Racel Bilson. They’re such fashion icons and trend-setters, it would be a huge honor to have that recognition.

-If you could design for any designer or major fashion house, who would it be? Valentino

-If you could compare your designs to any designer and say that they were similar, who would it be? – Hmm, that’s tough. I do lots of feminine stuff, sort of like Valentino… so maybe that’s the closest? I also really love red clothes. But Valentino is in a WHOLE other league.

-Other hobbies? Movies, watching sports, studying language, shopping (duh!), and meeting new people

-Any upcoming gigs? Uh, continuing to blog and design?

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-myspace? nope
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-Contact? Laureliz456@gmail.com