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Taurine is promising for anti-aging, confirmed by animal experiments at Columbia University

Structural formula of taurine

An international team including Columbia University announced on the 8th in the scientific journal Science that it was confirmed in animal experiments that taurine supplementation is promising for anti-aging. However, its effectiveness in humans remains unknown until it is tested in clinical trials.

Taurine is also produced in the human body and is said to have the effect of reducing cholesterol and strengthening liver function. It is also known as an ingredient in energy drinks.

The team examined the amount of taurine in the blood and confirmed that 60-year-olds had 80% less than infants. Mice and rhesus macaques also show significant decreases with age.

When middle-aged rhesus monkeys were given taurine once a day for half a year, their bone density and bone mass increased compared to the non-administered group.

In addition, the decline in the body due to aging has improved, such as the reduction of substances that indicate deterioration of pancreas and liver function. A similar experiment in mice found that the treated group had a median increase in lifespan of 10 to 12 percent.

The team estimates that the effective intake for humans is 3-6 grams per day. According to the European Food Safety Authority, the upper limit of safe intake is 6 grams.

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