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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Taurine may help prevent heart disease

Published in Vascul Pharmacol. 2007 May;46(5):338-45. Epub 2007 Jan 19.

Taurine protects against low-density lipoprotein-induced endothelial dysfunction by the DDAH/ADMA pathway.
Tan B, Jiang DJ, Huang H, Jia SJ, Jiang JL, Hu CP, Li YJ.
Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Central South University, Xiang-Ya Road #110, Changsha 410078, China.

This paper can be accessed at:

The endothelium is the thin layer of cells that lines the interior surface of blood vessels. Endothelial dysfunction is a process in which the endothelium secretes substances that promote an artery-clogging build-up of plaque rather than the protective substances that prevent this build-up. It is the earliest detectable stage of cardiovascular disease.

The study revealed that taurine gave protection against endothelial dysfunction.

The best dietary sources of taurine are meat and fish.

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