Today we’re going to take a look at taurine, an amino acid that brand new research reveals plays multiple and amazing roles in bone health.
Although taurine is the most abundant intracellular, sulphur-containing amino acid in the body, its importance in overall health hasn’t been explored until recently. In fact, its role in bone health has been discovered this past month.
Like all non-essential amino acids, taurine can be made in the body from cysteine and methionine, two other amino acids. But as with essential amino acids, levels tend to be low among those who do not get enough taurine in their diet.
Taurine’s Many Roles In The Body
Taurine is involved in a vast number of body processes, and scientists continue to find more ways that taurine is involved.
- Acts as an antioxidant, particularly protecting the kidneys from free radical damage.
- Inhibits lipid and cholesterol synthesis that are indicated in atherosclerosis.
- Has a stabilizing and calming effect on the brain, even helping conditions like depression, anxiety, and seizure disorders.
- Helps in the formation of bile acids.
- Boosts the action of insulin.
But where taurine really shines is in regards to bone health.
Exciting New Research Reveals a Taurine-Dependent, Bone-Building Biological Process
For this groundbreaking study, researchers found that B12 deficiency severely reduced bone mass in young mice. This is old news to Savers, who are well aware of the bone-building properties of B12, a Foundation Supplement in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. But the mechanism by which B12 increased bone density was previously not well understood.
That’s where taurine comes in.
In the mouse study, scientists were surprised to find that low B12 levels decreased the number of osteoblasts (bone-building cells) by two-thirds, but the number of osteoclasts (bone-destroying cells) remained unchanged. Plus low B12 levels had a profound effect on liver cells.1
Researchers found that the liver cells of mice born to B12-deficient mothers were unable to produce taurine – suggesting the importance both of the liver and of taurine in B12 uptake. The mice’s bones grew normally and recovered density when they were fed regular doses of taurine.1
Interestingly, experiential evidence with B12-deficient humans lines up with these findings. For example, data from Kocaeli University Hospital in Turkey showed that children whose mothers were B12-deficient had lower levels of B12 and taurine.
Foods High In Taurine
As we age, the need for dietary taurine increases. In keeping with the nutritional philosophy of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, let’s look at whole food sources of this crucial amino acid.
Here are some of the foods with the highest taurine content, some of which are Foundation Foods in the Program.
- Plain yogurt*
- Cottage cheese
- Wild game meats
- Wheat germ
You’ll notice that many taurine-rich Foundation Foods are acidifying , but remember, acidifying foods are not off-limits on the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. Many of them have significant nutritional value so they do have a place in a bone-healthy diet, so long as they’re properly balanced for the pH.
More Specific Ways Taurine Helps Your Bones
In addition to playing a role in the synthesis of Vitamin B12, this amazing amino acid builds bone in two specific ways:
- It is crucial for the proper functioning of potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium.2
- Taurine detoxifies the liver.3
It’s obvious that your bones can’t thrive if key minerals are not absorbed and functioning properly in the body.
Your Bones Can’t Thrive Without A Properly Functioning Liver
Unfortunately, the role of the liver in promoting bone health is seldom if ever mentioned by the Medical Establishment.
Yet your liver is essential for proper digestion and the distribution of nutrients that your bones need. When the liver is burdened under an onslaught of environmental toxins present in food, air, and water, then its function is impaired, negatively affecting your bone density.
As you learned today, eating foods high in taurine is important, and even protects the liver, but that’s not enough. Because your liver must be in good working order for all the bone healthy nutrients (including taurine) to do their job. This is one of the reasons a periodic liver cleanse is vital to your bone health and to effectively increase your bone density.
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And besides improving liver function, it also helps your kidneys maximize their important role in maintaining the pH-balance your bones need to retain density.
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Till next time,
1 Roman-Garcia, Pablo, et al. “Vitamin B12–dependent taurine synthesis regulates growth and bone mass.” Journal of Clinical Investigation, June 2014; DOI: 10.1172/JCI72606
2 Liu HY, Chi FL, Gao WY. “Taurine modulates calcium influx under normal and ototoxic conditions in isolated cochlear spiral ganglion neurons.” Pharmacol Rep. 2008 Jul-Aug;60(4):508-13.
3 Wu C, Kennedy DO, Yano Y, et al. “Thiols and polyamines in the cytoprotective effect of taurine on carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatotoxicity.” J Biochem Mol Toxicol. 1999;13(2):71-6.