Taurine is an incredible sulphur-containing amino acid which is required for liver detoxification of chemicals. Taurine is anti-inflammatory and helps to prevent tissue damage when inflammation occurs. Taurine also can also act as an antioxidant in the body and lowers oxidative stress. People suffering from topical steroid withdrawal (TSW) often have excessively elevated nitric oxide levels in the blood and this can make them feel hot and itchy. Taurine helps to lower excess nitric oxide in the body, so taking taurine during TSW recovery can be beneficial.
Taurine also assists with brain function. It is an important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain and it exerts an anti-anxiety and anti-stress effect. Research shows that taurine levels can be significantly low in depressed patients.
Vegans and vegetarians may find that they are low in taurine. Taurine is important for platelet-stabilisation and has anti-hypertensive effects that could possibly help reduce coronary risks. This study explores the option of taurine supplements to promote cardiovascular health.
Taurine: dosages and food sources
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Supplement dosages (milligrams per day)
Eczema-friendly food sources
3–8 mg per 100 mls of breastmilk or hypoallergenic (dairy-free) infant formula
Children + teens
1–4 years: 50–100 mg
200–500 mg per day
|85 g (3 oz) cold-water fish: 120–400 mg
85 g (3 oz) chicken: 185 mg
85 g (3 oz) cooked red meat: 30mg
AI: Adequate Intake as per Australian Government guidelines.
No set RDIs available but research data shows doses up to 3 g (for adults) is safe.
- Taurine supplementation helps to prevent fatty liver disease, which occurs in one-third of people with eczema.
- Taurine deficiency can be tested via a whole blood test (not blood plasma, urine or stool tests as they are not as accurate).
At Eczema Life, we recommend nutritionist Karen Fischer's low food chemical program (The Eczema Detox) along with additive-free supplements for skin health and wellbeing. Click on the images to view more details: