A simple supplement that has helped me

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    A simple supplement that has helped me


    I don't respond to regular creatine monohydrate, and I've tried about every other cell volumizing product on the market. I responded best to Swole V2, but even that wasn't great. After talking with some people, I decided to try mega dosing Taurine. I've been using around 10 grams of non-workout days and 15-20 on WO days and I love it. Pumps have been great (I guess this is kinda what you guys feel on monohydrate). Its cheap as hell, so just thought I'd share.

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    satur8 is nice, never taken taurine solo, good feedback
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    Die, how do you dose it? All at once.......3 x day....pre work out? Sounds like a good idea, I've got some on hand. I also don't respont to creatine.
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    On non-workout days I just split it in half. 5 in morning and 5 at night.

    On training days I'll take 5 in morning, 5 post workout and 5 before bed. I bought 2 KILOS from blackstarlabs for like $35...cheap as dirt.
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    From Big Cat about Taurine :

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Cat
    It has come to my attention that some people have been adding taurine to their diets to decrease cramping from clenbuterol or other beta-adrenergic agonists. Whether or not there is any merit to this, I really don't know. I haven't seen any data one way or the other. I assume there must be some truth to the rumour or people wouldn't be doing it. Then again...

    Regardless however, supplementing extra taurine during a diet is not advisable. It is indeed true that beta-adrenergic agonists like clenbuterol and ephedrine will reduce taurine levels, no question about it. But did anyone ever stop to think that maybe this has a reason? Your protein intake should stay the same, roughly, which means that these compounds are actively reducing taurine levels.

    If anyone had bothered to look these things up for a few seconds they would have known it is with good reason. Taurine may inhibit fat loss in different ways. First of all it will increase insulin sensitivity. I didn't even need to state that, it has been used in supplements with varying success for that exact same reason. If we know that many effective fat loss aids work primarily by lowering insulin resistance (Growth hormone, noradrenaline, etc), we already know this is not a bright idea.

    This lowers the threshold at which glycogen is stored again. This will increase chance of gaining fat during cheat days due to enhanced sensitivity of fat cells to insulin, and limit fat lost on dieting days since the extra stored glycogen will have to be burned again before you start burning fat again.

    This is however the least of your concerns. Taurine is also known to reduce Thyroid levels. Studies have demonstrated that a high platelet level of taurine will reduce T3:T4 ratio in men. This would slow down your metabolic rate, meaning you use less calories than you would otherwise. Obviously this will result in less fat lost for the same amount of calories eaten.

    Taurine may also reduce cAMP production in certain animals. The extrapolation in this case is a far fetch, but something I would like to see tested in humans. Since the cAMP acts as a second messenger in the process of lipolysis, the process of releasing fatty acids from their glycerol backbone, making them available for burning, this will reduce the amount of fat released and consequently the amount of fat burned.

    This all fits nicely into the picture that free form amino acids should not be frequently used on a diet. As with carbohydrates, quickly absorbed sources create higher peak levels that also decline faster. This almost always leads to a favourable situation for a lower metabolism.

    When dieting you will opt for carbohydrate sources that absorb slower, so they have less of an effect on factors influencing food intake. The same holds true for protein. You should opt for protein sources with a more anti-catabolic character, that release slower, such as casein. "

    Haber CA, Lam TK, Yu Z, Gupta N, Goh T, Bogdanovic E, Giacca A, Fantus IG. N-acetylcysteine and taurine prevent hyperglycemia-induced insulin resistance in vivo: possible role of oxidative stress. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2003 Oct; 285(4): E744-53. Epub 2003 Jun 10.

    Baskin SI, Klekotka SJ, Kendrick ZV, Bartuska DG. Correlation of platelet taurine levels with thyroid function. J Endocrinol Invest. 1979 Jul-Sep; 2(3): 245-9.

    Hayakawa Y, Downer RG, Bodnaryk RP. Taurine inhibits octopamine-stimulated cAMP production.. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1987 Jun 15; 929(1): 117-20.
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    Taurine is good stuff preworkout (taken occasionally). I just wish they made it in a 5gram pill
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    I have had awesome pumps on taurine as well. I take 10 g pre workout and 5 g on non workout days. It gives me an incredible hardness and good pump, love it, and with the price you can't go wrong.
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    ummmm......Didn't anyone just read mrfumetsu's post? Pumps are nice but a healthy thyroid is better.
  

  
 

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