After speaking to a nutritionist today, I have decided to take Stink off the Taurine. Despite how well he is doing tic wise (see previous post) I was advised it can be very bad for kids. It acts as a stimulate and can greatly damage the heart. That scared me.
What is Taurine?
Taurine is an amino acid sold in supplements and available in energy drinks. Taurine also occurs naturally in the body and plays a key role in many biological processes, such as detoxification and regulation of nerve-cell activity. Although low levels of taurine have been linked to several conditions (including eye diseases and cardiovascular problems), research on the health benefits of taurine supplements is limited.
Taking Stink off Taurine Slowly
Rather than quit cold turkey, I’m going to take him down to one pill/day for a week, then every other day for a week, then one, then none.
Always Check with a Professional Before Using Supplements
Normally I don’t willy nilly medicate my kids, but I had read on many mom forums that Taurine was this miracle supplement and went for it. I won’t be doing that again.
For those who are praying type, I am asking for prayers that his tics continue to stay minimal and that the NAC and Magnesium Citrate were what was helping him and not the Taurine.
Here’s one supporting article on the dangers of Taurine for kids.
Until next time…
May God grant you the serenity to accept the tics you cannot change, change the tics you can, and have the wisdom to know the difference.