Ted Baurine

Typically found in such energy drinks as Red Bull

Physical Properties

Melting Point: 581.2°F (305.1°C)

Boiling point: Non-existant because it decomposes before it boils

Solubility: Soluble in water (50 mg/ml), with heat as needed, creating a colorless solution.

Chemical Properties

Stability: Stable. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents

Flammability: not flammable but highly combustable

Uses

  • Congestive heart failure (CHF). Taking taurine seems to improve heart function and symptoms in patients with moderate heart failure (New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class II) to severe heart failure (New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class IV). Some patients with severe heart failure rapidly improve from NYHA class IV to II after 4-8 weeks of treatment. Improvement seems to continue for as long as taurine treatment is continued, up to one year.
  • Liver disease (hepatitis). Taking taurine might improve liver function in patients with hepatitis.
  • True story

    There is some concern that taking too much taurine might make bipolar disorder worse. In one case, a 36-year-old man with adequately controlled bipolar disorder was hospitalized with symptoms of mania after consuming several cans of an energy drink containing taurine, caffeine, inositol, and other ingredients (Red Bull Energy Drink) over a period of 4 days.