Synonyms: 2-aminoethanesulphonic acid, 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid, taurin
Molecular formula: C2 H7 NO3S
Appearance: white crystals
Melting point: 300 C
There seems to be very little information available about taurin. Take the following claims with a grain of salt.

Taurin is an aminoacid which is used up in the body during physical exertions. It is found in the human gall (in much stronger concentration in the organ of the male ox, so taurin derives its name from Taurus, the classical bull). Taurin has a positive effect in the metabolism.

Taurin is present in mussel, crustaceae such as shrimps and oysters and is produced in the liver. It stimulates the production of fat-killing hormones. Estrogen can inhibit the production of taurin. Taurin participates also in the production of bile acids.

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