The Many Benefits of Taurine

Taurine is a sulfur-containing amino acid derivative. Unlike typical amino acids, it is not used to synthesize proteins.  However, it has a wide variety of roles to play in the horse's body.

Taurine is a prime osmolyte, meaning it is a regulator of fluid levels in cells. It is also a critical antioxidant and detoxifier. Taurine is essential for the production of bile in the liver, a major avenue for removal of harmful substances from the body.

Taurine is important for the support of proper nerve transmission, muscle function, and promoting calmness in horses by aiding in balancing levels of excitatory neurotransmitters in the brain. It assists in nerve impulse generation and helps stabilize cell membranes by modifying neurotransmitter uptake. Taurine also helps modulate the stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin to maintain normal emotional balance.

Taurine is found in high concentrations in electrically active tissue such as the brain, retina, heart, and muscle. It supports the stability of membranes and assists in the movement of electrolytes including calcium ions in and out of cells, which is critical for proper nerve transmission and muscle contraction.  Taurine also normally stabilizes the generation of energy in mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells.

Taurine also directly interacts with genes and the endoplasmic reticulum where proteins are assembled to support normal metabolism and energy generation.  Research in experimental animals has found taurine may even assist the body in normal glucose regulation, insulin excretion and lipid levels in the blood.

The equine vegetarian diet provides no source of taurine.  The only dietary sources of taurine are meat/fish, milk or eggs. The horse must synthesize all the taurine needed. This is done from the methionine breakdown product homocysteine or from the amino acid cysteine.  As problems with low sulfur levels in soils increase, levels of these taurine precursors also drop.

All of these interactions make Taurine a vital player in normal mood, metabolism, energy generation and exercise performance.

Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers supplements that provide Taurine.

Taurine is important for the support of healthy nerve transmission and muscle function to promote a calming effect.  Can be used alone or with other calming ingredients to maintain healthy emotional balance, calming and mental focus. Also helps modulate the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

Seroquine is a palatable herb-free calming supplement to support healthy nervous system function while maintaining alertness. May reduce hyperactivity and promote relaxation for normal emotional balance.  With Magnesium to support a healthy stress response and nervous system function.  Also contains the B-vitamins Thiamine and Inositol, and Taurine, which help modulate the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

Glycocemic EQ supports blood sugar levels within normal ranges.  Targeted ingredients also promote balanced immune and thyroid function, normal glucose metabolism, healthy nerve function, and proper insulin sensitivity.  Promotes healthy insulin levels by providing nutrient levels that are compatible with a wide variety of diets and sources of hay.

About Dr. Kellon
Dr. Eleanor Kellon, staff veterinary specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition, is an established authority in the field of equine nutrition for over 30 years, and a founding member and leader of the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) group, whose mission is to improve the welfare of horses with metabolic disorders via integration of research and real-life clinical experience.  Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal.

Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya, is an innovation-driven health company committed to making people and their animals healthier.  On the leading edge of nutritional science and technology for over 50 years, Uckele formulates and manufactures a full spectrum of quality nutritional supplements incorporating the latest nutritional advances.

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