Taurine is Involved in Energy Metabolism in Muscles, Adipose Tissue, and the Liver

Mol Nutr Food Res. 2019 Jan;63(2):e1800536. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201800536. Epub 2018 Oct 17.


Energy metabolism is a basic and general process, by which the body acquires and uses energy to maintain normal function, and taurine plays a vital role in energy metabolism. Taurine deficiency may cause a weak energy metabolism and energy metabolism dysfunction. Taurine biosynthetic ability is limited, and its supplementation in the diet can strengthen energy metabolism in muscle performance, cardiac function, liver activity, and adipose tissue. Combining taurine with other drugs may have a superior effect in energy metabolism. In many metabolic disorders, taurine, or the combination of taurine with other drugs, also functions as a repair treatment for damaged tissues, and acts as a promoter for the balance of energy metabolism. The present study discusses the potential roles of taurine in energy metabolism.

Keywords: adipose tissue; energy metabolism; liver; muscles; taurine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Energy Metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / metabolism*
  • Obesity / metabolism
  • Taurine / administration & dosage
  • Taurine / deficiency
  • Taurine / physiology*


  • Taurine