Do you detest taking antibiotics
as much as I do?
I dread getting a bacterial infection because my doctor always feels obligated to prescribe an antibiotic
And every time I start an antibiotic regimen I start feeling sick
There must be a better way to deal with a bacterial infection that doesn’t carpet bomb all the beneficial bacteria
in my gut.
So, this headline caught my eye.
It’s a news release from The National Institutes of Health
. And it reads, “NIH scientists identify nutrient that helps prevent bacterial infection
Turns out that scientists have been studying the microbiota
for years with the intention of finding natural treatments to replace antibiotics
This group of researchers from five institutes of the National Institutes of Health
observed that microbiota that had experienced prior infections then helped prevent future infections
They identified a class of bacteria called Deltaproteobacteria
that participated in fighting these bacterial infections
And they found that the nootropic supplement Taurine
was the trigger for Deltaproteobacteria activity
helps your body digest fats and oils and is naturally found in bile acids in your gut.
The poisonous gas hydrogen sulfide
is a byproduct of Taurine
Scientists think that low levels of Taurine allow pathogens to colonize your gut
But high levels of Taurine produce enough hydrogen sulfide to prevent the colonization of bad bacteria
During this study, researchers found that a single mild infection is enough to prepare your microbiota to resist future infections
And your liver and gallbladder which synthesize and store bile acids containing Taurine
can develop long-term infection protection
They also discovered that Pepto-Bismol® (bismuth subsalicylate)
used to treat diarrhea and upset stomach shut down this natural protection
because it inhibits hydrogen sulfide production
This got me thinking about my review of Taurine. And one study that used data from a WHO study covering 61 populations in 25 countries.
They confirmed that populations with the highest levels of Taurine in their system lived the longest.[ii]
Could it be that the people who lived the longest did so because of fewer bacterial infections from using Taurine?
I don’t know for sure. But do know that Taurine is one the most potent and beneficial nootropic supplements I’ve reviewed this year.
And that’s just your brain. To see the rest of my research on the benefits of Taurine for whole body health, see my review here:
- Is critical for normal human brain development
- Prevents mitochondrial dysfunction within brain cells
- Supports GABA in your brain preventing neurotoxicity & stress
- Reduces inflammation that can lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Stimulates neurogenesis which is anti-aging
- Shields brain cells from stroke-induced brain cell damage
- Prevents beta-amyloid damage that could lead to Alzheimer’s
- Protects brain cells from heavy metals and pesticides
- Needed along with NMDA and dopamine receptors for long-term potentiation needed for long-term memory formation
Nootropics Expert – Taurine