Monday, February 3, 2014

Taurine and heart issues

Something to consider if you have heart issues. This was picked up from a listserv. Do your own research. -Bob

In light of the three recent cardiac deaths related to Lyme disease I think it is important to share the following information. I have recommended this to many Lyme patients complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath with good results. This is a brief overview.

The amino acid taurine controls the electrical signals of the heart and the highest concentration of taurine is found in the muscle of the heart.

Previous heart condition: Poor R-wave progression, Left anterior fascicular block
The amino acid taurine has been used for decades by the Japanese to treat heart disease. A cardiopulmonary exercise test reviled poor oxygen utilization. Chest pain and shortness of breath were eliminated within a few days of taking 500mg three times per day as recommended by Dr Leonard Smith:

Are You Dangerously Deficient in Taurine

Part 2: Testing & Supplementation

Taurine did not eliminate the need for antibiotics in treating Lyme disease however but it was useful in treating the symptoms. Perhaps Lyme is creating the taurine deficiency. One additional benefit of taurine was that it helped with anxiety.

Here is the product used:

Now Foods Taurine  $4.19

There are 239 reviews for that product and you will read that it has helped many with heart conditions, depression/anxiety and sleep issues

More on taurine.........

Feline Cardiomyopathy has also been treated with taurine as veterinarians have known for years that a taurine deficiency causes heart disease.

• Taurine deficiency has been associated with reversible myocardial failure and central retinal degeneration in the cat. Taurine is a dietary essential amino acid in the cat because cats lack the ability to synthesize taurine from other amino acids.

• Taurine deficiency has been associated with a reversible myocardial failure in dogs and foxes.

• Taurine is an amino acid that has many biological roles in many different tissues. Its highest concentrations are in the heart, retina, central nervous system, leukocytes and skeletal muscles. One of taurine's best defined functions is conjugation of bile in mammals.

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