Taurine supplementation improves economy of movement in the cycle test independently of the detrimental effects of ethanol

Biology of Sport. 2017;34(4):353-359 DOI 10.5114/biolsport.2017.69823


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Journal Title: Biology of Sport

ISSN: 0860-021X (Print); 2083-1862 (Online)

Publisher: Termedia Publishing House

Society/Institution: Institute of Sport in Warsaw

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Internal medicine: Special situations and conditions: Sports medicine | Science: Biology (General)

Country of publisher: Poland

Language of fulltext: English

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Dailson Paulucio

Bruno M. Costa

Caleb G. M. Santos

Fernando Nogueira

Alexander Koch

Marco Machado

Bruna Velasques

Pedro Ribeiro

Fernando AMS Pompeu


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Abstract | Full Text

Taurine (TA) ingestion has been touted as blunting the deleterious effects of ethanol (ET) ingestion on motor performance. This study investigated the effects of ingestion of 0.6 mL·kg-1of ET, 6 grams of TA, and ethanol in combination with taurine (ET+TA) on economy of movement (EM) and heart rate (HR). Nine volunteers, five female (22 ± 3 years) and four male (26 ± 5 years), participated in a study that used a counterbalanced experimental design. EM and HR were measured for 6 min while the subjects were pedalling at a fixed load 10% below the anaerobic threshold. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was similar between ET and ET+TA treatments at 30 min after ingestion and after exercise (12.3 mmol·L-1 vs. 13.7 mmol·L-1, and 9.7 mmol • L-1 vs 10.9 mmol·L-1, respectively). EM was significantly different among treatments, with lower mL·W-1 following ingestion of TA (-7.1%, p<0.001) than placebo and ET+TA (-2.45%, p=0.001) compared to ET. HR (bpm) was significantly (p<0.05) higher for ET (137 ± 14 bpm) than the other three treatments (placebo = 129 ± 14 bpm; TA = 127 ± 11 bpm; TA+ET = 133 ± 12 and ET = 137 ± 14 bpm). Taurine improved EM when compared to placebo or ET, and reduced HR when compared to ET. The combination of ET+TA also enhanced EM compared to placebo, and reduced HR in comparison to ET alone. Therefore, these findings indicate that taurine improves EM and counteracts ethanol-induced increases in HR during submaximal exercise.