Amino acid in energy drinks makes mice live longer and healthier

Thursday, June 8, 2023 - 13:41 in Health & Medicine

Researchers first sifted the amino acid taurine from a sample of ox bile in 1827. Today, it’s better known as one of the main ingredients in many energy drinks. But it may do more than drive sales of these beverages. A study published today in Science suggests boosting taurine levels increases life span in mice and improves the physical condition of middle-aged monkeys , hinting it could do the same for people. “This might be something that could be used to fight aging-related diseases or increase life span in humans,” says molecular physiologist Dudley Lamming of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, who wasn’t connected to the study. “We need to figure...

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