Thus far in our countdown of the best pre workout ingredients, we’ve covered the powerful nitric oxide booster and blood flow enhancer, L-Citrulline and the muscle-swelling, endurance-boosting compound Glycerol.
Today, we continue to work our way through the list of the best pre workout ingredients with another non-stimulant compound. One that offers a slew of benefits to those ready to kill their workout.
That ingredient is taurine.
WHAT IS TAURINE?
Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid found throughout the body, with vast reserves in the brain, heart, and skeletal muscle. It’s incredibly well-researched and noted to confer a wide range of health benefits as well as improved sports performance.
If this amino acid sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because taurine is a staple is virtually all energy drinks.
As a conditionally essential amino acid, under normal circumstances, taurine reserves are plentiful and the body can produce sufficient amounts of taurine from other ingested amino acids to produce that amount it needs. However, during times of illness, injury, or stress (such as during heavy ass weight lifting), demand for taurine exceeds the body’s ability to synthesize it, which means you need to get it from food or supplements.
So, what does taurine do exactly?
Taurine is involved in a wide range of processes in the body, and its direct roles include:
- Maintaining electrolyte balance and hydration in cells
- Regulating mineral levels, such as calcium
- Supporting proper CNS function
- Forming bile salts, which play a vital role in the digestive process
- Enhancing immune system function
Additional research has shown that taurine may reduce inflammation, support heart health, and most importantly for your purposes -- enhance athletic performance.
As an osmolyte, taurine encourages cell’s to absorb extra water, which improves hydration and stamina while simultaneously reducing fatigue. And it also creates a nice cell-swelling effect giving you some killer “water-based” pumps, similar to glycerol.
From a cognitive standpoint, taurine also binds to GABA receptors in the brain which helps control and calm the CNS. Combining taurine with caffeine (as it is in Stim Reaper), helps dial-in and harness the intense energy and focus of caffeine, providing a more “productive” focus that translates to superior performance in the gym.
Killer Labz Stim Reaper contains 1,000mg of Taurine alongside a fully-disclosed combination of stimulants and other performance enhancers to help you kill every workout.