Posted by linkadge on April 29, 2006, at 18:55:48
In reply to Re: Taurine Questions » linkadge, posted by blueberry on April 29, 2006, at 15:16:11
As far as the insomnia I'm not sure. Depakote, and other anticonvulsants can give people insomnia too. I noticed that while it wasn't activating, it did seem to change my sleep patterns a little.
I have a theory that things that stabilize the mood also try to stabilize sleeping patterns. (were you sleeping too much?).
Taurine administration facilitates inhibitory processes. I've heard that taurine can also ameliorate electrolite imballences.
In terms of neurotransmitters, I think it lowers limbic dopamine, and increases dopamine output in the frontal cortex, (which would work in synergy with caffiene to perhaps enhance cognition). I know it is involved with a whole lot more too. In terms of bipolar disorder, I know that Dr. Andrew Stoll from Harvard commented on its potential use in bipolar disorder. He's the guy who wrote "The omega-3 connection"
I know it is neuroprotective. It also activates IGF-1 which is an emerging target for mood disorders.
All around I think it is a good substance. Sometimes if I'm in a real funk, it can unfunk me very quickly, kindof like a benzo.