While it is true that taurine was originally isolated from bull semen, it is now produced synthetically. Since it is found in meat and fish, and can also be synthesized in the body from the amino acid cysteine, there is no evidence of anyone ever having a shortage. There is some minimal evidence that as a supplement it may help with congestive heart failure and that it may improve athletic performance and reduce anxiety. Energy drink producers have capitalized on the few studies that have shown some benefit while ignoring others that showed no effect and have proceeded to add taurine to their formulation. These energy drinks promise to stimulate both the body and the mind with a combination of ingredients which in the case of Red Bull amount to caffeine, taurine, and various B vitamins. The literature on energy drinks is extensive and reveals many cases of emergency room visits, mostly due to palpitations and arrhythmias, either when such beverages are consumed with alcohol or alone.
Fact check: Red Bull does not contain bull sperm
Red Bull and Monster don’t contain bull semen - Full Fact
Although taurine is so named because it was first isolated from ox bile, it is actually found in the large intestines and tissues of many different animals, including humans. This guarantees the highest quality. A: Many people bet it comes from some delicate parts of the strongest and most potent bulls in the world, but the fact is that the taurine in Red Bull is produced synthetically to the highest quality standards. Fact Checks.
Does the Taurine in Red Bull Really Come from Bull Semen?
By Reuters Staff. Social media users have been sharing posts resurfacing the claim that the taurine used in Red Bull is made from bull sperm. However, Red Bull has confirmed that this is not true.
The ingredient is added because there is evidence it helps muscle function, may aid athletic performance and endurance, helps reduce anxiety, and appears to aid blood sugar regulation and cardiac health. It's an organic molecule not an amino acid named for the Latin taurus , which means ox or bull because originally taurine was extracted from bull semen and ox bile. Although there is taurine in bull semen, this is not the source of the ingredient in Red Bull, other energy drinks, or other products that contain the molecule , such as baby formula and cosmetics. Taurine is found in other animal tissues, as well, including the human intestine, breast milk, meat, and fish.