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Taurine is an aminosulfonic acid found in the brain, heart, retina, and blood cell platelets. As humans, we can acquire additional taurine from meat, fish, and supplementation. In fact, more and more athletes use taurine to their advantage for its ability to increase blood flow and assist heart health. In this profile, we will take a closer look at this compound and how you can benefit from its supplementation.

taurine chemical structure

Amino Acids

Amino acids are all characterized as chemicals that are the required building blocks of protein, and there are two basic kinds of amino acids – those that can be produced by the body and those that can't. Those amino acids that can be produced by the body are considered to be “conditional,” while those that can only be acquired through diet and supplementation are known as “essential” amino acids.

For most people, taurine is going to fall into the conditional amino acid group. However, we know that in some cases, certain individuals have a tough time producing it, so they must get it through diet and supplements. An example of such situations are non-breastfed babies because cow milk does not contain enough taurine. The same thing happens with tube-fed adults.

How it works

Researchers think that taurine works to prevent heart failure because of its ability to increase blood flow. This evidence comes from studies proving that it will improve the functionality of the heart's left ventricle. Additionally, it has also been shown to lower blood pressure and relax the sympathetic nervous system, which is very sensitive to stress.

Research and medical uses

One study showed that patients who had moderate heart failure and took taurine daily for 8 weeks had an improvement in heart function and overall symptoms. What's more, those who had severe heart failure showed improvements from class IV to class II after as little as 4-8 weeks of treatment, and they continued to improve for the entire year of using taurine supplements.

Other health benefits

Taurine isn't just good for the heart, as it was shown that people who had hepatitis and took taurine for 3 months had a noticeable improvement in liver function.

Use for bodybuilders

Taurine is one of the most important amino acids a bodybuilder can use for several reasons.

  • Liver: We all know that many oral anabolic steroids are 17alpha-alkylated (17aa); hence, they are toxic to the liver. Taurine will help the liver while you're using toxic steroids, and it will minimize oral steroid damage.
  • Heart: Most steroids, especially the androgenic ones, are extremely hard on the lipids. As a consequence of that, the majority of bodybuilders will notice a steep increase in bad cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and heart rate while using steroids. Luckily, taurine will help protect the heart, especially when used in conjunction with other support supplements.
  • Workouts: Many anabolic steroids, as well as fat burner ancillary drugs, will cause crippling pumps during a workout. As a result, bodybuilders often complain about back and leg pumps while attempting to do cardio training. Unfortunately, the only way to reduce these crippling pumps would be to stop taking steroids and drugs causing them. However, taurine's ability to increase blood flow during a workout helps solve that problem, so taurine supplementation will help ease those pumps and leave your workouts uninterrupted.

taurine strength

Clenbuterol and Dianabol

For those who use clenbuterol, you will get cramps that you can prevent or manage with taurine. At the same time, dianabol users can prevent or cure back pumps with taurine. As you can see, it's very versatile in bodybuilding.

Side effects

Too much taurine will be excreted by the kidneys, so it is very safe to use and it is extremely hard to overdose. After all, taurine is a naturally occurring amino acid in the body, and it is found in foods we eat. So, it is a very safe compound to use.


Those suffering from heart failure will use several grams per day (1000-2000mgs +/-). Obviously, such a dosage is not necessary for an athlete. Therefore, when used solo, a dose of 500 milligrams (mgs) per day is ample, and when used as part of a supplement stack you can use half that dose.

Where to find

N2guard contains 233mg's of taurine per serving, plus over 40 additional ingredients that make it a very potent support supplement on the market. I used it for my taurine supplementation daily.


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Lev Butlerov holds a Masters Degree in Biology, he is NASM Certified, ISSA Certified, The National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) certified and is currently working on his American Council on Exercise (ACE) certificate. From Lev: I love bodybuilding and the biology, chemistry of the industry. It's my hobby and my love. I have done multiple bodybuilding shows, 2 in Germany in the past 5 years. I hope everyone enjoys my articles. In 2021 (going into 2022, 2023) I will be working on my PhD thesis in physiotherapy and biochemistry, I hope to have some of the bits published here.

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