What is Taurine and Why's It in My Energy Drink?

  • Опубликовано: 19 июл 2016
  • Energy drinks- you've had them, or at least you're well aware of their presence in today's culture. But what is actually in these things? Especially the mysterious ingredient TAURINE?
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  • SciShow  science  Hank  Green  education  learn  taurine  energy drink  red bull  taurus  2-aminoethanesulfonic acid  amino acid  antioxidant  free radical  free radicals  International Society of Sports Nutrition  chemistry  

Комментарии • 1 207

  • Andrey Pavlov
    Andrey Pavlov День назад

    Cat food has it. It's not an indicator that it's vital for organism but it definitely shows that it's completely safe. We eat whole lot of useless but harmless stuff. Why complain about taurine?

  • xTyRex0
    xTyRex0 8 дней назад +1

    I like semen in my mouth

  • Joku Toinen
    Joku Toinen 9 дней назад

    When I was working nights some 20 kilometers from home, I used to drink an energy drink to stay awake when driving home. But I hate the piss-poor taste of those, so I tried a cola instead. It worked even better and tastes immensely better.

  • BvsMAcosh
    BvsMAcosh 10 дней назад

    "Hey, let's use this radium thing in paint! There is no scientifical evedence that it is harmful"

  • cjfletcher325
    cjfletcher325 16 дней назад

    Seems like we know nothing about the effects of supplements

  • bang bang
    bang bang 22 дня назад


  • miloradvlaovic
    miloradvlaovic 24 дня назад

    Taurus is not pronounced thor-us in Latin tho. Not even remotely close. Ta ( like in "ta-ta" ) - uh - ru ( like in Ruby, root or Ruth for ex. ) - s is how it's pronounced in Latin. Nice hair, super vid :)

  • dem bones
    dem bones Месяц назад

    What does taurine do? "No fuckin clue fam but it aint gonna kill you so we'll shove a fuckton in your drink and tell you it's where the wings come from"

  • Adam Dudley
    Adam Dudley Месяц назад

    so Taurine is an exercise supplement, additive, healthy, researched, valuable, affordable, not bull sperm..... WTF IS IT?

  • Jimmy Callinan
    Jimmy Callinan Месяц назад

    Used as an alternative to glucose as an osmotic agent for use in peritoneal dialysis solutions

  • DawnRipper
    DawnRipper Месяц назад +1


  • Wireline
    Wireline Месяц назад


  • Phoebe
    Phoebe Месяц назад

    why didn't the scientists have studies that weren't limited? didn't they know that wouldn't be enough? when are they going to do proper studies?

  • Majd d
    Majd d Месяц назад

    please talk slower in future videos, had to re watch the video like 3 times to understand what you were saying half the time

  • Curt Christensen
    Curt Christensen Месяц назад +3

    energy drinks are dangerous. they can mess with your heart. that alone is a good reason to avoid them

  • Nicole K
    Nicole K Месяц назад

    Cats require taurine to remain healthy - it's like a vitamin for them. It's added to commercial feed.

  • kirby march Barcena
    kirby march Barcena Месяц назад

    Taurus' urine?

  • 467sprite
    467sprite Месяц назад

    Team nos anyone?

  • jocil jose
    jocil jose Месяц назад


  • dont care
    dont care Месяц назад

    Ive read that taurine reacts with a chemical in your digestive system that makes the caffeine take effect faster

  • oli godendrocyte
    oli godendrocyte Месяц назад

    we need more research? maybe we need to increase military spending instead.... or better still clinton can just buy the research companies and use the funds on herself

  • Armani Nguon
    Armani Nguon Месяц назад

    Yea, energy drinks sounds like crap.

  • Sbscite Harker
    Sbscite Harker Месяц назад

    Taurine is good for cats, they need that aminoacid

  • Jeff the Pharmacist
    Jeff the Pharmacist Месяц назад

    The body makes plenty of the stuff and its highly doubtful that it does anything. But the manufacturers sure act like it does.

  • Casey m
    Casey m Месяц назад +3

    The only reason i drank red bull and other drinks was cuz i thought it was bull sperm

    • nyx211
      nyx211 Месяц назад

      Certified Organic. 100% All Natural.

  • All Videos
    All Videos Месяц назад

    Bull sperm? Smh

  • Rajiv Photos
    Rajiv Photos Месяц назад

    telling us what we already knew.

  • Critical Thinker
    Critical Thinker Месяц назад +1

    No the “taurine” in energy drinks is actually *synthetic* taurine ie petroleum. So it’s not a “naturally occurring substance” like you dishonestly suggest in your show.

    • Levi Huttner
      Levi Huttner 9 дней назад +1

      Critical Thinker I get the sense that you’re a slow learner so I’ll say it again: the molecular structure of a chemical determines its effects on the human body, not the origin of the chemical. Unless you can prove that synthetic taurine is STRUCTURALLY different from natural taurine, then you have no argument. And to answer your question, melatonin is an excellent example of a compound where the synthetic variety is not only just as safe as the natural variety, but is actually SAFER because natural melatonin must be extracted from the brains of animals, which can lead to viral contamination.

    • Emil Kumpula
      Emil Kumpula 11 дней назад

      Well I can not prove that it's from a naturall source because it's not. However what is produced is indeed the exact same taurine that is made by living cells. There are a few ways of production that I have found. The easies to grasp was this one(good pictures):
      Links to some of the other ways of syntetic production of taurine.
      The patent sites where the clearest and most straight on point to how the chamical synthetic reactions look. But I could find a whole lot of articles mentioning these reactions or similar ones.
      Edit: Seems like you could post links without needing to alter them.

    • Emil Kumpula
      Emil Kumpula 11 дней назад

      I'll be back soon when I have links. Btw people can patent the synthetic formulas for producing chemicals.

    • Critical Thinker
      Critical Thinker 11 дней назад

      Emil Kumpula how about you prove that it’s taurine from a naturally occurring source and not a petroleum derivative? There’s no money in natural chemicals because they can’t patent them. Think about it. That’s why nearly every chemical is synthetic ie petroleum rearranged. Name me one synthetic substance you could eat/drink without poisoning yourself

    • Emil Kumpula
      Emil Kumpula 11 дней назад

      But if it's simply a molecule that has similar effects as taurine they would not be allowed to say that it contains taurine as that would be a complete lie. More likely is that they create taurine with the organic molecules in petrolium. Do you maybe have anything that you could share that states that the taurine in energy drinks in fact is not taurine but another substance with the same properties or that there exists a substance like that?

  • w g
    w g Месяц назад

    So is it bad if i drink 3 servings of monster like water or soda ? Its on rare occasions only. Mostly drink water or tea

  • Toryu-Mau
    Toryu-Mau Месяц назад

    ... Taurine is the 21st century equivalent of Snake Oil. >):^/
    For the most part, it's just a placebo bait.
    If ya ask me, I'd say the stuff is about as credible as "Gemology", which is a load of horse apples. >):^[

  • Pragmadynamic
    Pragmadynamic Месяц назад +1

    While taurine is sometimes called an amino acid, and indeed is an acid containing an amino group, it is not an amino acid in the usual biochemical meaning of the term, which refers to compounds containing both an amino and a carboxyl group

  • TheCynicalDouche
    TheCynicalDouche Месяц назад

    YOUR redbull may not contain bull semen... but MINE has a ton in it! ;)

  • Jez Brunatny
    Jez Brunatny Месяц назад

    ????What is energy.

  • Katherine Richardson
    Katherine Richardson Месяц назад

    don't drink them

  • Will To Win
    Will To Win Месяц назад

    So... What exactly is Taurine the ingredient? Do they extract it from human breast milk? Lol but really, where does it come from for their products?

  • Keko Rivera
    Keko Rivera Месяц назад +13

    Why not jus add cocaine in energy drinks

    • Dank Xans
      Dank Xans Месяц назад

      intensifying Just add Ketamine so everyone is chill and mellowed

    • intensifying
      intensifying Месяц назад +3

      Keko Rivera just add amphetamine, much cheaper and lasts much longer.

    • Colson Customs
      Colson Customs Месяц назад

      If it has coke in it, I think people would be willing to pay a little extra

    • Keko Rivera
      Keko Rivera Месяц назад

      Redbull is expensive but people still buy it

    • Keko Rivera
      Keko Rivera Месяц назад

      Nah id give um out for free and get guys hooked common now

  • Kirt Kirt
    Kirt Kirt Месяц назад

    i wanted to know where they get it from... is red bull vegetarian?

  • joshua lieberman
    joshua lieberman Месяц назад +2

    Fun fact taurine is needed by cats and it’s illegal to sell cat food without taurin in it since they can’t make it in there body like other animals and that’s why cats are obligate Carnivores because if they don’t eat meat from other animals that have made taurine in there body then cats won’t have taurine and end up dying from naurological problems

  • Lyle Adams
    Lyle Adams Месяц назад

    I’ve been wondering this for a long time, so naturally I clicked as soon as I saw the subject of the video. Then I was repulsed by the spastic and unnatural pace of the video, cramming information into my face so I paused it to come here to the comment section. All I wanted to say was, maybe you should wait for the taurine to wear off before making the video.
    I wonder if I’ll ever know what it really is. I bet Wikipedia will inform me at a sensible pace. Maybe I’ll go there.

  • Michael Skinner
    Michael Skinner Месяц назад

    So.....green/black/camomile tea (evening), or red bull........ 😓

  • Gianluca Cocco
    Gianluca Cocco Месяц назад

    Gestures more than italians

  • Richard keith
    Richard keith Месяц назад

    It's bull piss

  • Cirilo Ocon
    Cirilo Ocon Месяц назад

    How about Guarana

  • Eros
    Eros Месяц назад

    Actually bile doesn't digest fat, because it doesn't have enzimes, it just emulsifies it and HELPS the digestion

  • waterandafter
    waterandafter Месяц назад

    So no one bothers to sell taurine as a single item supplement?

  • waterandafter
    waterandafter Месяц назад

    How do people confuse bile with semen?

  • Hugh G Wrection
    Hugh G Wrection Месяц назад +10

    Bill Clinton is a rapist.

  • Barry
    Barry Месяц назад

    My church leader says you can die from infection if you have anal sex. Is that true?

    • Jenny John
      Jenny John Месяц назад +1

      You can die from infection whether you have anal sex or not.

  • Red Inked Cat
    Red Inked Cat Месяц назад

    I clicked because I wanted to know why cats needed it lol

  • BenOon2wheels
    BenOon2wheels Месяц назад

    Hey guys can you do a video on aspartame please. Every time I drink things with it in I get anxiety. Please tell us the truth about aspartame.

  • Notmah Cuppatea
    Notmah Cuppatea Месяц назад

    Stops cats from going blind aswell

  • Doug sillig
    Doug sillig Месяц назад

    The goatee makes his hair look flat

  • Kknown Unkknown
    Kknown Unkknown Месяц назад

    tangerine is my favorite color

  • Anna Bedwell
    Anna Bedwell Месяц назад

    Thank youuuuuuuuu

  • bigdude382
    bigdude382 Месяц назад +1

    I add my own urine to my red bulls

  • Pragmadynamic
    Pragmadynamic Месяц назад +2

    It has the opposite effect. It's an excitatory inhibitor. This is why people use it for anxiety.

  • P Bebnowski
    P Bebnowski 2 месяца назад +5

    This didn't answer anything... my first thumb down for scishow

    • Levi Huttner
      Levi Huttner 15 дней назад

      Critical Thinker Unless your joking and your name is ironic, can you explain why you think synthetic taurine = petroleum?

    • Critical Thinker
      Critical Thinker Месяц назад +1

      Paul Bebnowski same. Also the so-called “taurine” in energy drinks is actually *synthetic* taurine ie petroleum. So it’s not a “naturally occurring substance” like they dishonestly suggest in the video.

    • Jawad Mahar
      Jawad Mahar Месяц назад +2

      Meghan there’s definitely more science than this half arsed attempt they have shown...taurine helps with good sleep, it’s kinda sedative it’s added into energy drinks to bring the caffeine boost down again so that people go for more than one can of redbull etc

    • Meghan
      Meghan Месяц назад +2

      How are they supposed to answer this further if there's no science to back it up? They presented all the research and information that was available, and said there was clearly more that needed to be done. As someone going in to medical research, I love videos like this where I find out about gaps in our knowledge. I always assumed it was just something like caffeine and probably would not have looked into it further since I don't drink energy drinks.

    • P Bebnowski
      P Bebnowski Месяц назад

      Jawad Mahar it's ok though they do make great content most of the time.. love the main host

  • Elio Martinez
    Elio Martinez 2 месяца назад

    Sell out

  • Taylor West
    Taylor West 2 месяца назад

    "What does this do?"
    "I don't know. Throw it in our energy drink."

  • Corey Pattison
    Corey Pattison 2 месяца назад

    Come on everybody let's be honest. People dumb enough to drink energy drinks can't read.

  • dsahgkg
    dsahgkg 2 месяца назад

    red bull taste bad
    i don't drink it

  • madscientistshusta
    madscientistshusta 2 месяца назад

    In 20 years kids will watch this and gasp as they hear about how we added a substence akin to mercury to our energy drinks just cause...or not who knows!

  • Moratachelsea Ao
    Moratachelsea Ao 2 месяца назад +4

    Are they actually smart or just reading out from ?Wikipedia

  • Elite Mangudai
    Elite Mangudai 3 месяца назад

    I drink redbule before going sleep

  • Turnpark Channel
    Turnpark Channel 5 месяцев назад

    I came to believe a third party was putting human male sperm in drinks. When I spit out literal blow job particles, ahh I just not.. not manipulated by the sh#t. Nutsacks drink Energy Drinks with taurine.

  • nycliontwin24
    nycliontwin24 5 месяцев назад +1

    What he is basically saying is he has no clue what he's talking about. You can actually get hundreds of thousand of views telling people " I ain't got no clue, man". LOL

    • Austin Massey
      Austin Massey 2 месяца назад +2

      nycliontwin24 double negative lol and also he isn't saying that he doesn't know, he's saying nobody knows.

    CEATHRAMH GORM 5 месяцев назад

    No semen. Just bile. Ok?

    PACMAN AKA PACCY Bond 6 месяцев назад

    I just saw taurine on my Rockstar drink

  • Ortum Lynx
    Ortum Lynx 6 месяцев назад

    Taurine helps regulate how fast your electrons shoot in the brain. Hence, cognitive function. Also, help with dopamine production. There are many heart and cardio vascular benefits as well. This was not an informative video but lots of pretty colours (visually stimulating).

  • Black pepper on pizza
    Black pepper on pizza 6 месяцев назад +6

    The only piece of information the people got from this video was that Taurine isn't bull cum and bull cum ISN'T in Redbull.

  • Corey Vollmer
    Corey Vollmer 6 месяцев назад

    That study is useless. Isolate the molecule, it's not that hard. Seems like they were being lazy.

  • Dank Xans
    Dank Xans 6 месяцев назад

    Taurine potentiate the effects of Benzos, Gapapenoids and Alcohol

  • aussie oi oi oi
    aussie oi oi oi 7 месяцев назад

    in other words we got no idea either wat taurine does!

  • Nisarg Pawar
    Nisarg Pawar 8 месяцев назад

    which are the another taurine sources??

  • Steve CVNT Niko
    Steve CVNT Niko 8 месяцев назад +3

    you're full of shit CVNT, they added taurine because it helped stopped the fast heart beats you fvcken nerds no fvckall

    • liquid ice cuboids
      liquid ice cuboids Месяц назад +1

      I hope you are trolling and seeking attention

    • Steve CVNT Niko
      Steve CVNT Niko 7 месяцев назад

      elasti city
      blow a goat ya fvcken neglected pelican tranny CVNT

  • Kate K
    Kate K 8 месяцев назад

    Is there something wrong with me since caffenated drinks actually either don't work at all or make me sleepy?!

  • Jimmy J
    Jimmy J 8 месяцев назад

    so it doesn't do shit for people

  • J LA
    J LA 8 месяцев назад

    Energy drinks do nothing for me and frankly I have serious doubt that it's much different for people who think they help. A lot of it's in your head and I've seen placebo studies that prove this! (they are also overpriced and you're just wasting your money!) ...just eat a healthy balanced diet, sleep well, and stay active.

    • Kamden Kenerly
      Kamden Kenerly 7 месяцев назад

      J LA Studies that prove caffeine does nothing? Errrr. No

  • Shocking Videos
    Shocking Videos 8 месяцев назад

    FUN FACT; Bull sperm is red, thats why Red Bull

  • Comter
    Comter 9 месяцев назад

    Ya, but then what is the source of taurine in energy drinks if it is not/no longer/never was bull semen? There seemed to be a glaring gap in the knowledge in this video where they just say it isn't from here but then never say where it is from, just where it can commonly be found.

  • Fox
    Fox 9 месяцев назад +4

    when I'm starting to get a migraine like i do almost all the time. I drink an energy drink with taurine and a bottle of water and 7 out of 10 times my migraine fizzles out. Try it out the next time you get a really bad headache or even a migraine, it might just do the trick. look up the taurine cure link on google.

    • Colson Customs
      Colson Customs Месяц назад

      it's likely the caffeine. It's in migraine meds for that reason.

    • boo yah
      boo yah Месяц назад

      B) as +M Clifton indicates - caffeine (again, lots of it in Red Bull) in certain amounts is known to help with most headaches (Excedrin is specifically headache medicine, unlike Motrin which is a generic pain reliever. If you check Excedrin's ingredient list, you'll see it has caffeine). Ironically, consuming too much caffeine can actually exacerbate headaches, so use it in moderation!

    • boo yah
      boo yah Месяц назад +1

      A) as +Will To Win indicates - you could actually be addicted to caffeine (which Red Bull has plenty of) and the migraine is simply a withdrawal symptom when your caffeine levels subside, and the caffeine in Red Bull is just feeding your addiction.

    • Will To Win
      Will To Win Месяц назад +3

      Dude, you're addicted to caffeine. It has nothing to do with the taurine.

    • M Clifton
      M Clifton Месяц назад +1

      Maybe it might be because of the caffeine too because I know my doctor said that helps

  • Nash Doyle
    Nash Doyle 10 месяцев назад

    Well the other ingredients in energy supps with taurine probably complement its effects.

  • TheBlondeOne'
    TheBlondeOne' 10 месяцев назад +1

    Can you do a video on regular Coke and sugar free?

  • Franco Miranda
    Franco Miranda 10 месяцев назад +1

    anybody here from gmm?

  • willian cavallari
    willian cavallari 11 месяцев назад +1

    It makes me sad that you guys seem to be promoting energy drinks considering how much kids drink that nowadays...

  • Alberto Palma
    Alberto Palma Год назад

    Taurine can be addictive.

  • Mmm Bbb
    Mmm Bbb Год назад

    count the number of blinks. its less than the number of invisible boxes

  • Branco Martinez
    Branco Martinez Год назад

    before this video I took an educated guess and thought taurine was a stronger version of caffeine but I realized it was actually nothing ..

  • ZenTeT
    ZenTeT Год назад

    so no one really knows what it does

  • jilly bean
    jilly bean Год назад

    he's freaking cute

    • jilly bean
      jilly bean 11 месяцев назад +1

      that as well

    • Patrick Bateman
      Patrick Bateman 11 месяцев назад

      jilly bean pretty handsome

  • FreedomWorkShop
    FreedomWorkShop Год назад +29

    I thought it was a Chinese supplement that will make me tall and lean. .. I mean tor and rean.

  • digalittle
    digalittle Год назад

    Hillarious, "like you learned in chemistry class"!

  • Goche Pet
    Goche Pet Год назад

    So if it's hard to tell if Taurine is adding much - as an energy boosting ingredient, do we know what else Taurine might add as an ingredient in general? Don't think it could be good since it's found in breast milk. We already know animals need milk only at start of life, and that intake of milk in adult years is actually bad for health.
    I dunno man, Taurine doesn't seem right to me, you know, like most of the stuff in our food and beverages. Sigh.

  • Jaqen H'ghar V
    Jaqen H'ghar V Год назад

    bad hair day? lol

  • Nmethyltransferase
    Nmethyltransferase Год назад

    Hi. So, uh... can someone explain to me in _excruciating_ detail why bull semen in energy drinks is more gross than ox bile? (Taurine in energy drinks is synthesized in labs, in any case.)

  • Paul Monterona
    Paul Monterona Год назад

    thats why i stoped drinking energy drinks 2 years ago until present i focused on drinking a plenty of water and milk instead and considiring eating a nutrious food also and now im leaving in a healthy lifestyle...😊😊

  • Lamp Love
    Lamp Love Год назад

    I had green tea with taurine instead of caffeine. It was too calming and made me sleepy. So, for me, I am sticking with the good ole caffeine....

  • GorgiGR
    GorgiGR Год назад

    Friendly remark: The ancient greek word ταῦρος predates the latin taurus.

  • manualLaborer
    manualLaborer Год назад

    is this guy bulking up? just eating well? getting older? why does he appear to be transforming?

    SKULL CRUSHER khan Год назад +1

    I actually have a question "Why we eat sand when we r toddlers? Can u make a video to let me know why humans do such an act?