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Taurine is an amino acid that is considered to be the second most abundant in the body's muscle after glutamine. Taurine has been in various studies and through these studies, it has been revealed to have several critical functions. Today we will be discussing how it can impact your athletic performance. Benefits of taurine supplementation include increasing muscle mass, increasing muscle strength/power, reducing muscle damage caused by exercise, and accelerating recovery between workouts.
Taurine appears to act similarly to creatine in that it expands the body's cells by helping the muscle cell itself hold more water (an osmolyte). These benefits are all these may be very important to high performance athletes as it helps in protein synthesis and muscle hypertrophy. Additionally, taurine may enhance structural contractile capabilities in the muscle itself, resulting in a lifter handling heavier weights.
A study examined the effects of taurine depleted muscles. The studies found that taurine levels in the body deplete during exercise (regardless of duration) and the rate of depletion depends on the intensity of the exercise. Whether an athlete is participating in a short yet intense workout session or a lengthy moderately intense activity, taurine depletion will be equal.
This decrease was mostly observed to occur in fast-twitch dominant fibers. The fall of taurine levels decreases force output. Supplementing with taurine may increase and maintain taurine levels during your workout, which may lead to optimized performance and muscular power output.
Studies conducted on endurance athletes found that left ventricular contractility was increased, leading to lowering heart rates at sub-maximal intensities.
In summary, taurine supplementation minimizes any depletion and increases and maintains optimal levels of taurine in your body. This leads to an optimized workout and very beneficial to practically any type of athlete looking to increase their performance.
Dosages of taurine supplementation used in studies observing the results discussed above ranged from 500mg-3000mg daily.
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