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What is Taurine and Why's It in My Energy Drink?



Energy drinks- you've had them, or at least you're well aware of their presence in today's culture. But what is actually in these things? Especially the mysterious ingredient TAURINE?

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Sources:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/taurine#section=Top
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/taurine/faq-20058177
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http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/804080 *
http://www.livestrong.com/article/209796-how-does-taurine-work-in-the-body/
http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/energy-drink-ingredients
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2008/02/scientists-close-taurines-activity-brain
http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/energy-drink.htm
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Author J LA ( ago)
Energy drinks do nothing for me and frankly I have serious doubt that it's much different for people who think they help. A lot of it's in your head and I've seen placebo studies that prove this! (they are also overpriced and you're just wasting your money!) ...just eat a healthy balanced diet, sleep well, and stay active.

Author Shocking Videos ( ago)
FUN FACT; Bull sperm is red, thats why Red Bull

Author Comter ( ago)
Ya, but then what is the source of taurine in energy drinks if it is not/no longer/never was bull semen? There seemed to be a glaring gap in the knowledge in this video where they just say it isn't from here but then never say where it is from, just where it can commonly be found.

Author Fox ( ago)
when I'm starting to get a migraine like i do almost all the time. I drink an energy drink with taurine and a bottle of water and 7 out of 10 times my migraine fizzles out. Try it out the next time you get a really bad headache or even a migraine, it might just do the trick. look up the taurine cure link on google.

Author Nash Doyle ( ago)
Well the other ingredients in energy supps with taurine probably complement its effects.

Author TheBlondeOne' ( ago)
Can you do a video on regular Coke and sugar free?

Author Franco Miranda ( ago)
anybody here from gmm?

Author willian cavallari ( ago)
It makes me sad that you guys seem to be promoting energy drinks considering how much kids drink that nowadays...

Author Alberto Palma ( ago)
Taurine can be addictive.

Author Mmm Bbb ( ago)
count the number of blinks. its less than the number of invisible boxes

Author Branco Martinez ( ago)
before this video I took an educated guess and thought taurine was a stronger version of caffeine but I realized it was actually nothing ..

Author ZenTeT ( ago)
so no one really knows what it does

Author jilly bean ( ago)
he's freaking cute

Author FreedomWorkShop ( ago)
I thought it was a Chinese supplement that will make me tall and lean. .. I mean tor and rean.

Author digalittle ( ago)
Hillarious, "like you learned in chemistry class"!

Author Goche Pet ( ago)
So if it's hard to tell if Taurine is adding much - as an energy boosting ingredient, do we know what else Taurine might add as an ingredient in general? Don't think it could be good since it's found in breast milk. We already know animals need milk only at start of life, and that intake of milk in adult years is actually bad for health.

I dunno man, Taurine doesn't seem right to me, you know, like most of the stuff in our food and beverages. Sigh.

Author Jaqen H'ghar V ( ago)
bad hair day? lol

Author Nmethyltransferase ( ago)
Hi. So, uh... can someone explain to me in _excruciating_ detail why bull semen in energy drinks is more gross than ox bile? (Taurine in energy drinks is synthesized in labs, in any case.)

Author Paul Monterona ( ago)
thats why i stoped drinking energy drinks 2 years ago until present i focused on drinking a plenty of water and milk instead and considiring eating a nutrious food also and now im leaving in a healthy lifestyle...😊😊

Author Aut R Spacey ( ago)
I had green tea with taurine instead of caffeine. It was too calming and made me sleepy. So, for me, I am sticking with the good ole caffeine....

Author GorgiGR ( ago)
Friendly remark: The ancient greek word ταῦρος predates the latin taurus.

Author manualLaborer ( ago)
is this guy bulking up? just eating well? getting older? why does he appear to be transforming?

Author SKULL CRUSHER khan ( ago)
I actually have a question "Why we eat sand when we r toddlers? Can u make a video to let me know why humans do such an act?

Author Niv Nahum ( ago)
blood test for taruine amino acid.indecate i suffer from a defeciny! and the metabloic doctor says taruine link to psycho symtpoms.

Author deisisase ( ago)
What is really in diet or zero calorie drinks?

Author luffyy strawhat ( ago)
how bad is it to do nothing all day generally curious what it dose to a body to sit around all day

Author DigGil3 ( ago)
Why would you drink semen? You people are weird.

Author bja ( ago)
You know nothing about taurine.

Author Yasin Mwai ( ago)
do anaesthesia

Author lost shadow ( ago)
i don't care about taurine what the fuck Panax Ginseng

Author Patrick Dukemajian ( ago)
Sounds like a load of bull.

Author Knowerr ( ago)
Thought is was just a Pokemon stat boosting item

Author Tehbigsexy ( ago)
The only bull semen here in deez nuts

Author codediporpal ( ago)
200mg caffeine tablets cost $0.05 each, which is about what's in one of those 16 ounce Rockstar drinks. I gave up energy drinks and just have some coffee and a half a five cent caffeine tablet and easily save $100 a month from not buying those ridiculously overpriced energy drinks.

Author harski ( ago)
why humans have tinnitus

Author HistorianOfNukes ( ago)
Energy drinks do the opposite of what it's supposed to do. They make me sleepy.

Author Chow Tom ( ago)
Keep these answers coming? No thank them for keeping the questions coming, and thank you SciShow for keeping the answers coming.

Author Jeswen Titomn ( ago)
Energy drinks are BULL SHIT

Author wtm7899ify ( ago)
painted dog

Author That Guy ( ago)
so why are a lot of idiots drinking these dirty tasting "energy" drinks like mine and your alcoholic dad drinks the cheapest gallon of hard cider hourly?

Author mido mido ( ago)
great topic.

Author nicey ( ago)
cats need taurine

Author Jordan Harb ( ago)
I didn't see him blink once in this entire video

Author Bibbly10 _ ( ago)
Cool haircut d00d

Author Alpha Scorpii ( ago)
So Taurine as an ingredient could be 'bullshit' ;p haha

Author Nuvah ( ago)
So vegans can't obtain more taurine than there body produces alrightly

Author Tanjil Rahman ( ago)
Loved your spiky hair, don't take on Hank's style ;)

Author jobriq5 ( ago)
+

Author Chew Kok ( ago)
So I should stop drinking my jizz?

Author Hassan DM ( ago)
So, does Red Bull have bull semen or not?

Author Harpreet Singh ( ago)
It is an anagram of URINATE

Author ironartist ( ago)
Energy drinks only helps a few people, because increasing the heart rate of those same people would help them in the same way. Those same people have a need for more oxygen, amongst other things, to their brain.

Author clydefrosch ( ago)
have an energy drink every other week or so. don't drink it daily. its not healthy.

Author Nathan Jennings ( ago)
I'm more of a lo-carb Monster (blue M on can) person, but this was still interesting.

Author Zainhype7 ( ago)
Hydrogen, always H+, not H-.. Why? Don't really know.. Can u xplain?

Author Animatotron ( ago)
Meth is my weight loss pill.

Author Adam Crume ( ago)
Your body also releases carbon dioxide when you exercise, but that doesn't mean I want it as a supplement.

Author RustyTube ( ago)
What? People actually pay to drink ta Urine?

Author John Chris ( ago)
Guys, Q: What is the black night satelite>? Does it really exist??

Author Onz Brau ( ago)
Taurine is actually added to energy drinks because it's believed to reduce the anxiety and 'edginess' produced by caffeine. Sorry no time to provide references, but doing your own research is fun :)

Author d3j4v00 ( ago)
Did i understand the lesson correctly? I heard this: No real evidence about effects = "no real harm"

Author Dinesh Thakker ( ago)
how does 5hr energy work, and how does it have 4000% of whatever they write on it

Author legacysage ( ago)
I HAD 7 WHOLE TAURINES AM I GOING TO DIE?

Author SNBoomer ( ago)
I remember my grandfather telling me that cigarette companies said their products "seem to be safe" also...

Author Senegoid Zero ( ago)
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR HAIR !

Author tranceman22 ( ago)
Can taurine be synthesised or is it extracted from animals? If so is synthesised or extracted taurine used in energy drinks?

Author Dominic Townsend ( ago)
You say they don't actually know what it dose but most people are safe to drink it.... ??

Author Brandon Waite ( ago)
you should do an episode on DMT

Author Angry Yogbuscus ( ago)
Innit bull bile?

Author vexingcosmos ( ago)
Whoa whoa whoa YOUR HAIR

Author ManintheArmor ( ago)
Wait. Bull semen? Think I'll drink that instead.

Author MOHAMMED SALIH KONNOLA ( ago)
Who did this to u ??im murdering that person

Author daedra40 ( ago)
Hey fellas: is the newest video not available to ya'll, too??

Author Kilgore Trout ( ago)
Then there's the obvious follow-up question. If nobody knows what taurine does, WHY THE FUCK DO THEY ADD IT TO ANYTHING IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Author Isaac Watkins ( ago)
can you make a video on what breast milk tastes like? I really wanna know

Author Cthulhu Has Risen ( ago)
you are just wearing a shirt!!! awesome now i wont stay up all night pacing think about the jackets.

Author Jade Madison ( ago)
I heard him hesitate when he said it doesn't.

Author MrNateSPF ( ago)
Just kidding, Taurine actually is bovine seamen.

Author Rins K ( ago)
"We don't really know what this shit does, but put it in the drink anyway since it sounds cool"

Author Daniel Renard ( ago)
One day, I felt like I needed some extra energy and decided to buy one of those large cans of Red Bull.
1~1½ hour after drinking it... I was fast asleep. Did I do it wrong? :(

Author Dan Super ( ago)
I got a V8 commercial

Author Cameron Belknap ( ago)
WE WANT THE HAIR BACK TO NORMAL!!

Author Nick Calderone ( ago)
what would happen if every cell in your body had cancer and split at the same time?

Author Benjamin Hershey ( ago)
MEAT & FISH ..... so, fish isn't meat?
"Hey bro, whatcha got there? Meat?"
"Nah bro. This is fish."

Author semderem ( ago)
Did you put the slightest bit of reverb Mr. Aranda's voice in this video?

Author meeeeeeauuuuuuuu ( ago)
need podcast for this channel

Author kjell159 ( ago)
Red Bull may not contain bull semen,
it does contain a load of bullshit.

Author Amy Maistros ( ago)
This is gonna seem like a weird question, but can you get tetanus from drinking old blood?

Author disneian ( ago)
Thx Scishow!!! This is a question I want to know for so long!!!!

Author Sabeth Drake ( ago)
Your sexier than hank.

Author IT RAINED MARSHMALLOWS YESTERDAY! I'M NOT KIDDING, MAN. ( ago)
wtf happened to your hair?
were you bored?

Author Leone ( ago)
There is fish and human breastmilk in my energydrink ! o.0

Author BobHendriksMusic ( ago)
Your, uh, right shoulder is an interesting spot for the mic...
On another note, I loved the vid like always(:

Author Alec Baines ( ago)
it causes cancer

Author Scheefinator ( ago)
Guys, seriously just drink coffee. It's SO good for you.

Author ONI OFFICER ( ago)
But...why is bleach so refreshing?

Author Vlogwaves ( ago)
Anyone else starting to like Michael more as a SciShow host than Hank (no offense to Hank)?

Author U Wot M8 ( ago)
So, human breast milk can replace red bull? Nice!

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