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

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  • 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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Comments: 1 080

    PACMAN AKA PACCY Bond 19 hours ago

    I just saw taurine on my Rockstar drink

  • Ortum Lynx
    Ortum Lynx 1 day ago

    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).

  • Smarty Friend
    Smarty Friend 4 days ago

    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 14 days ago

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

  • Abdullah R
    Abdullah R 23 days ago

    Taurine potentiate the effects of Benzos, Gapapenoids and Alcohol

  • aussie oi oi oi
    aussie oi oi oi 1 month ago

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

  • Nisarg Pawar
    Nisarg Pawar 2 months ago

    which are the another taurine sources??

  • Steve CVNT Niko
    Steve CVNT Niko 2 months ago

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

  • Kate K
    Kate K 2 months ago

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

  • Jimmy J
    Jimmy J 2 months ago

    so it doesn't do shit for people

  • J LA
    J LA 2 months ago

    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 1 month ago

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

  • Shocking Videos
    Shocking Videos 2 months ago

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

  • Comter
    Comter 3 months ago

    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 3 months ago

    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.

    • Maranwe
      Maranwe 1 month ago

      I'd suggest to take the taurine in capsule form on its own... the other stuff in the energy drink would make, at least my, migrane even worse. I got my first migraine when I was 7,... my epilepsie with grand mal seizures only started when I was 25. Interestingly I've hadn't had a migraine since I'm taking my epilepsy-meds! (But don't tell anyone :P I sometimes still use it as an excuse *caugh :P )

    • Fox
      Fox 1 month ago

      Wow, its a form of epilepsy!? That's a legitimate scary thought, I get bad headaches and migraines all the time. i read on the net that taurine might help and that it was in energy drinks so when i got a bad one i drank a rock star, bottle of water and downed 3 extra strength Motrin's for good measure. Within 10-15 minutes I could feel the migraine literally melting away. works about 75% of the time for me.
      And no worries on the English, I read ya loud and clear. :)

    • Maranwe
      Maranwe 1 month ago

      Thats because migrane is a form of epilepsy, and taurine does help against that! :) (sry for my engl)

  • Nash Doyle
    Nash Doyle 4 months ago

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

  • TheBlondeOne'
    TheBlondeOne' 4 months ago

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

  • Franco Miranda
    Franco Miranda 4 months ago

    anybody here from gmm?

  • willian cavallari
    willian cavallari 5 months ago

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

  • Alberto Palma
    Alberto Palma 6 months ago

    Taurine can be addictive.

  • Mmm Bbb
    Mmm Bbb 6 months ago

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

  • Branco Martinez
    Branco Martinez 7 months ago

    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 8 months ago

    so no one really knows what it does

  • jilly bean
    jilly bean 10 months ago

    he's freaking cute

  • FreedomWorkShop
    FreedomWorkShop 10 months ago

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

  • digalittle
    digalittle 10 months ago

    Hillarious, "like you learned in chemistry class"!

  • Goche Pet
    Goche Pet 10 months ago

    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 10 months ago

    bad hair day? lol

  • Nmethyltransferase
    Nmethyltransferase 10 months ago

    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 11 months ago

    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...😊😊

  • Aut R Spacey
    Aut R Spacey 11 months ago

    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 11 months ago

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

  • manualLaborer
    manualLaborer 11 months ago

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

    SKULL CRUSHER khan 11 months ago

    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?

  • Niv Nahum
    Niv Nahum 11 months ago

    blood test for taruine amino acid.indecate i suffer from a defeciny! and the metabloic doctor says taruine link to psycho symtpoms.

  • deisisase
    deisisase 11 months ago

    What is really in diet or zero calorie drinks?

  • luffyy strawhat
    luffyy strawhat 11 months ago

    how bad is it to do nothing all day generally curious what it dose to a body to sit around all day

  • DigGil3
    DigGil3 11 months ago

    Why would you drink semen? You people are weird.

  • bja
    bja 11 months ago

    You know nothing about taurine.

  • Y M
    Y M 11 months ago

    do anaesthesia

  • lost shadow
    lost shadow 11 months ago

    i don't care about taurine what the fuck Panax Ginseng

  • Patrick Dukemajian
    Patrick Dukemajian 11 months ago

    Sounds like a load of bull.

  • Knowerr
    Knowerr 11 months ago

    Thought is was just a Pokemon stat boosting item

  • Tehbigsexy
    Tehbigsexy 11 months ago

    The only bull semen here in deez nuts

  • codediporpal
    codediporpal 11 months ago

    200mg caffeine tablets cost $0.05 each, which is about what's in one of those 16 ounce Rockstar drinks. I gave up energy drinks and just have some coffee and a half a five cent caffeine tablet and easily save $100 a month from not buying those ridiculously overpriced energy drinks.

  • harski
    harski 11 months ago

    why humans have tinnitus

  • HistorianOfNukes
    HistorianOfNukes 11 months ago

    Energy drinks do the opposite of what it's supposed to do. They make me sleepy.

  • Chow Tom
    Chow Tom 11 months ago

    Keep these answers coming? No thank them for keeping the questions coming, and thank you SciShow for keeping the answers coming.

  • Jeswen Titomn
    Jeswen Titomn 11 months ago

    Energy drinks are BULL SHIT

  • wtm7899ify
    wtm7899ify 11 months ago

    painted dog

  • That Guy
    That Guy 1 year ago

    so why are a lot of idiots drinking these dirty tasting "energy" drinks like mine and your alcoholic dad drinks the cheapest gallon of hard cider hourly?

  • mido mido
    mido mido 1 year ago

    great topic.

  • nicey
    nicey 1 year ago

    cats need taurine

  • Jordan Harb
    Jordan Harb 1 year ago

    I didn't see him blink once in this entire video

  • Bibbly10 _
    Bibbly10 _ 1 year ago

    Cool haircut d00d

  • Alpha Scorpii
    Alpha Scorpii 1 year ago

    So Taurine as an ingredient could be 'bullshit' ;p haha

  • Nuvah
    Nuvah 1 year ago

    So vegans can't obtain more taurine than there body produces alrightly

  • Tanjil Rahman
    Tanjil Rahman 1 year ago

    Loved your spiky hair, don't take on Hank's style ;)

  • jobriq5
    jobriq5 1 year ago


  • Hassan DM
    Hassan DM 1 year ago

    So, does Red Bull have bull semen or not?

  • Harpreet Singh
    Harpreet Singh 1 year ago

    It is an anagram of URINATE

  • ironartist
    ironartist 1 year ago

    Energy drinks only helps a few people, because increasing the heart rate of those same people would help them in the same way. Those same people have a need for more oxygen, amongst other things, to their brain.

  • clydefrosch
    clydefrosch 1 year ago

    have an energy drink every other week or so. don't drink it daily. its not healthy.

  • Zainhype7
    Zainhype7 1 year ago

    Hydrogen, always H+, not H-.. Why? Don't really know.. Can u xplain?

  • Animatotron
    Animatotron 1 year ago

    Meth is my weight loss pill.

  • Adam Crume
    Adam Crume 1 year ago

    Your body also releases carbon dioxide when you exercise, but that doesn't mean I want it as a supplement.

  • RustyTube
    RustyTube 1 year ago

    What? People actually pay to drink ta Urine?

  • John Chris
    John Chris 1 year ago

    Guys, Q: What is the black night satelite>? Does it really exist??

  • Onz Brau
    Onz Brau 1 year ago

    Taurine is actually added to energy drinks because it's believed to reduce the anxiety and 'edginess' produced by caffeine. Sorry no time to provide references, but doing your own research is fun :)

  • d3j4v00
    d3j4v00 1 year ago

    Did i understand the lesson correctly? I heard this: No real evidence about effects = "no real harm"

  • Dinesh Thakker
    Dinesh Thakker 1 year ago

    how does 5hr energy work, and how does it have 4000% of whatever they write on it

  • legacysage
    legacysage 1 year ago


  • SNBoomer
    SNBoomer 1 year ago

    I remember my grandfather telling me that cigarette companies said their products "seem to be safe" also...

  • Senegoid Zero
    Senegoid Zero 1 year ago


  • tranceman22
    tranceman22 1 year ago

    Can taurine be synthesised or is it extracted from animals? If so is synthesised or extracted taurine used in energy drinks?

  • Dominic Townsend
    Dominic Townsend 1 year ago

    You say they don't actually know what it dose but most people are safe to drink it.... ??

  • Brandon Waite
    Brandon Waite 1 year ago

    you should do an episode on DMT

  • Angry Yogbuscus
    Angry Yogbuscus 1 year ago

    Innit bull bile?

  • vexingcosmos
    vexingcosmos 1 year ago

    Whoa whoa whoa YOUR HAIR

  • ManintheArmor
    ManintheArmor 1 year ago

    Wait. Bull semen? Think I'll drink that instead.


    Who did this to u ??im murdering that person

  • daedra40
    daedra40 1 year ago

    Hey fellas: is the newest video not available to ya'll, too??

    • daedra40
      daedra40 1 year ago

      The one about booze, btw

  • Kilgore Trout
    Kilgore Trout 1 year ago

    Then there's the obvious follow-up question. If nobody knows what taurine does, WHY THE FUCK DO THEY ADD IT TO ANYTHING IN THE FIRST PLACE?

    • Kilgore Trout
      Kilgore Trout 1 year ago

      +RickySTT ...until they discover it destabilizes mood, or provokes abnormal bone development in healthy adults, or something else. Just because there are traces of it in your organism does not mean it is safe for consumption in large amounts.

    • RickySTT
      RickySTT 1 year ago

      The supplements industry does this all the time. They find some “miracle” compound, make shit up about it, which becomes the new folk wisdom, then market it with the legally required disclaimer. If the sheeple are willing to buy, and the FDA doesn’t see any harm, the supplements industry is more than willing to sell it.

  • Isaac Watkins
    Isaac Watkins 1 year ago

    can you make a video on what breast milk tastes like? I really wanna know

  • Cthulhu Has Risen
    Cthulhu Has Risen 1 year ago

    you are just wearing a shirt!!! awesome now i wont stay up all night pacing think about the jackets.

  • Jade Madison
    Jade Madison 1 year ago

    I heard him hesitate when he said it doesn't.

  • MrNateSPF
    MrNateSPF 1 year ago

    Just kidding, Taurine actually is bovine seamen.

  • Rins K
    Rins K 1 year ago

    "We don't really know what this shit does, but put it in the drink anyway since it sounds cool"

  • Daniel Renard
    Daniel Renard 1 year ago

    One day, I felt like I needed some extra energy and decided to buy one of those large cans of Red Bull.
    1~1½ hour after drinking it... I was fast asleep. Did I do it wrong? :(

  • Dan Super
    Dan Super 1 year ago

    I got a V8 commercial

  • Cameron Belknap
    Cameron Belknap 1 year ago


  • Nick Calderone
    Nick Calderone 1 year ago

    what would happen if every cell in your body had cancer and split at the same time?

  • Benjamin Hershey
    Benjamin Hershey 1 year ago

    MEAT & FISH ..... so, fish isn't meat?
    "Hey bro, whatcha got there? Meat?"
    "Nah bro. This is fish."

    • vamp
      vamp 1 year ago

      "i'm a vegetarian"
      "Where do u get your protein?"
      "i eat fish"
      "so your not a vegetarian"


    • Benjamin Hershey
      Benjamin Hershey 1 year ago

      Really? I always heard it used to mean any muscle tissue consumed as food. But it's good to know not every one does. Usage is key like you said.

    • BigRalphSmith
      BigRalphSmith 1 year ago

      No, generally speaking, fish is _not_ considered to be "meat". Neither is bird flesh (poultry).
      Of course, like any word, It doesn't have a "definition", it has a "usage" and the usage is the key.
      If you use the word "meat" to indicate the flesh of any living animal, then fish and poultry is "meat' (and so would be just about any creature considered "living" that isn't part of the plant or fungi world).
      Most often, the word "meat" is used to denote "mammalian flesh consumed as food".
      Human language is not a hard and fast thing, Ben. That's why it changes over time.

  • semderem
    semderem 1 year ago

    Did you put the slightest bit of reverb Mr. Aranda's voice in this video?

  • meeeeeeauuuuuuuu
    meeeeeeauuuuuuuu 1 year ago

    need podcast for this channel

  • kjell159
    kjell159 1 year ago

    Red Bull may not contain bull semen,
    it does contain a load of bullshit.

  • Amy Maistros
    Amy Maistros 1 year ago

    This is gonna seem like a weird question, but can you get tetanus from drinking old blood?

  • disneian
    disneian 1 year ago

    Thx Scishow!!! This is a question I want to know for so long!!!!

  • Sabeth Drake
    Sabeth Drake 1 year ago

    Your sexier than hank.

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