When added to standard early-stage treatment, certain food supplements may help to alleviate symptoms of psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia

Could these food supplements help treat psychosis? (medicalnewstoday.com)

Quote: Their analysis revealed that one nutrient in particular — the amino acid taurine — “showed significant improvements in positive symptoms and psychosocial functioning.”


It took me some googling to find the actual publication. It’s very bad when news sites avoid links to the actual scientific papers, and don’t date their news item (2018).

# Adjunctive nutrients in first-episode psychosis: A systematic review of efficacy, tolerability and neurobiological mechanisms ( Joseph Firth, 2018)

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A study published in 2020, in which first-episode patients were followed up for 5 years. The authors write that they found increased taurine levels in the serum of patients. I wonder what that could mean.

Metabolomics approach revealed robust changes in amino acid and biogenic amine signatures in patients with schizophrenia in the early course of the disease (Parksepp et al., 2020)

From the Discussion section:

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A 2019 review article about taurine:

Roles of taurine in cognitive function of physiology, pathologies and toxication (Chen et al., 2019, in Life Sciences, impact factor 5)

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Red Bull contains 1000mg taurine, so if you want to know if it works in your particular case then just drink a can of Red Bull.

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I’ve been taking 500mg daily for a while now. I do think it’s beneficial.