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Eggs: A Natural Source of Taurine

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Matthew Lee has been writing professionally since 2007. Past and current research projects have explored the effect of a diagnosis of breast cancer on lifestyle and mental health and adherence to lifestyle-based (i.e. nutrition and exercise) and drug therapy treatment programs. He holds a Master of Arts in psychology from Carleton University and is working toward his doctorate in health psychology.
Eggs: A Natural Source of Taurine
Eggs are naturally high in cysteine, the precursor for taurine. Photo Credit DAJ/amana images/Getty Images

Taurine is an amino sulfonic acid, which is a compound that your body produces from the amino acids found in protein foods. Specifically, your body uses the amino acid cysteine to produce taurine, which promotes cardiovascular and neurological health. As eggs contain large amounts of cysteine, they are one of the best foods for boosting intake of taurine.

Taurine Content

According to Dr. Maurice Shils and colleagues, researchers have yet to establish the exact taurine content in most foods. However, as all animal products contain taurine, eggs naturally add some taurine to your diet.

Cysteine Content

Because your body produces all of the taurine that it needs from cysteine, levels of this amino acid are probably a good indicator of the taurine your body will produce from eggs. One large hard-boiled egg provides approximately 150 milligrams of cysteine. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you should try to consume 15 milligrams of cysteine per kilogram of body weight to meet your daily needs. This works out to approximately 1,100 milligrams of cysteine for a 160-pound person, so a single egg can provide more than 10 percent of the daily cysteine needs for many people.

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