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The Effect of Taurine Intake among Korean College Students: Serum Biochemistry and Blood Hematology
Korean J Clin Lab Sci 2018;50:236-244  
Published on September 30, 2018
Copyright © 2018 Korean Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Woo-Soon Choi1, Jae-Sik Lee2

1Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, Songho University, Hoengseong, Korea
2Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, Hyejeon College, Hongseong, Korea
Correspondence to: Woo-Soon Choi
Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, Songho University, 210 Namsan-ro, Hoengseong 25242, Korea
Tel: 82-33-340-1141
Fax: 82-33-340-1127
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Taurine has been reported to prevent cardiovascular disease and improve liver function, diabetes, and platelet function. However, there are few studies on the effects of taurine in Koreans. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of basal doses of taurine on blood glucose, liver disease, and lipid diseases among Korean college students. The study included a taurine intake group and a control group; each group consisted of 15 students. Taurine was administered at a standard dose of 1,000 mg for 2 weeks postprandial. All subjects were excluded from medication or other food besides meals provided by the dormitory. The liver test gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) in the taurine group decreased to 23.53±25.73 IU/L before intake and to 15.15±4.91 IU/L after intake (P=0.186). Lipid metabolite triglyceride (TG) was 100.42±28.33 mg/dL before intake and 80.22±17.08 mg/dL after intake (P<0.05). Total cholesterol (T-Cho), low density cholesterol (LDL-C), and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). Consequently, taurine improved liver function and lipid metabolism. Hematologic tests showed a decrease in segmented neutrophil percentage and an increase in lymphocyte percentage. Thus, taurine also seems to be related to immunological function.
Keywords : Gamma-Glutamyltransferase, Low density lipoprotein cholesterol, Taurine, Total cholesterol, Triglyceride

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