June 20, 2013
By Inga Roizman
But this is another addiction, like cigarettes and coffee, which is tolerated in the sober community.
Although it would take me 75.5 cans of Monster Ultra in one sitting to kill me from caffeine poisoning, I wondered what taurine does to me. So I did a little research. And after careful scrutiny, I secretly think taurine is the magical addictive ingredient.
Taurine is an amino acid manufactured in the body cysteine. Studies show synthetic taurine, used in energy drinks are linked to illnesses ranging from high blood pressure, strokes, seizures and heart disease. For these reasons, taurine has been banned in some Scandinavian countries.
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College say they were “surprised” to find taurine “extraordinarily active” on brain receptors and they’re not sure if it effects as an upper or a downer which explains the serious crash we have a few hours. It’s not the caffeine wearing off, it’s the taurine knocking us out.
As of now, I’m working on a healthier habit involving green tea.