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Taurine protects against coronary heart disease in women with high cholesterol.

An article in the European Journal of Nutrition revealed that the amino acid taurine may be protective against heart disease in women with elevated cholesterol levels.*


Yu Chen, PhD, MPH, and her colleagues analyzed data from subjects in the NYU Women's Health Study, which enrolled over 14,000 women from 1985 to 1991. Dr. Chen's team averaged taurine levels measured in prediagnostic serum samples from 223 participants who developed coronary heart disease and 223 women who had no history of the disease over the study's twenty-year follow-up period.

Although no significant relationship between taurine and coronary heart disease was found for the entire study population, when women with high cholesterol were analyzed, a different picture emerged. Hypercholesterolemic women whose intake of taurine was among the top one-third of subjects had a 61% lower risk of heart disease compared to those in the lowest third.


* Eur J Nutr. 2012 Feb 10.

Editor's Note: If the findings are replicated, supplemental taurine or increased taurine intake from food might be recommended for women with elevated cholesterol, who have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

--D. Dye

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Author:Dye, D.
Publication:Life Extension
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Date:Jun 1, 2012
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