I know this is incredibly un-paleo of me, but I've recently been indulging in those 'Monster' energy drinks (lo-carb of course). Over the last two or three weeks I was transitioning from a 10-12 hours sleep college lifestyle to a 6-7 hours if I'm lucky 40-hour work week lifestyle. Naturally (or unnaturally) I was feeling pretty wiped, so I gave in to temptation.
To my surprise I began noticing improvements in my skin (acne healing quickly and clearing up). I also started feeling more calm than I'd been in a long time, even with the large dose of caffeine. I have muscle-related upper back pain from sitting at desks and computers too much, and even that started diminishing. My clarity of thought has also been amazing since I've started this bad habit. I've drank coffee for years, enough to be more than 2 Monsters easily, and I've never had that feeling from it. All of these improvements were completely unexpected by me; I had no idea that Taurine was involved in so many aspects of health. No placebo effect here.
So I got curious and looked at the ingredients, and there is about 2 grams of Taurine per can in these drinks. I googled Taurine and find other reports similar to mine, so I practically bought stock in Monsters to tide me over until my Taurine powder gets here from Amazon.
Does anyone else supplement Taurine? We are supposed to be able to make enough of it ourselves (unlike cats), but any number of deficiencies can hinder your production. It is also interesting that cooking eliminates most of the Taurine from meat, as cats fed a 'whole foods' diet can get very ill if the meat is cooked. This could possibly be more evidence for a partially raw paleo diet, as queasifying as that is to me (except for sushi, yum).
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on May 22, 2012
at 02:33 PM
Sadly, if you cook meat to well done, you lose almost all the taurine. This is why rare or raw meats are important. Barring sashimi, and steak-tartare, supplements are a good way to get the stuff, and Taurine is very inexpensive.
It's usually added to cat food since cats are obligate carnivores and require it. But humans need it also, especially if we grew up listening to conventional wisdom and eating meat well done.
I'm all for cooking veggies as it makes their nutrients more accessible, but red muscle meat should be lightly seared. Obviously some cuts of meat need slow roasting to break down connective tissue, or are best suited for a slow cooker, but whenever possible, go rare.
on May 22, 2012
at 04:24 AM
Taurine is big for heart function.
on May 22, 2012
at 04:03 AM
I've been taking Taurine for a while now.
Initially in a Magnesium Complex powder. Then i changed from the Mag complex to another Mag supp & looked at all the other stuff that was in the complex that i would now be missing.
Taurine looked interesting, so i decided to continue with Taurine powder.
I take about 1/2 teaspoon every morning (which is approx 2 to 2.5g).