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LMU 86 – Unlocking Hope: Taurine and Complementary Approaches in Managing Psychosis


LMU 86 – Unlocking Hope: Taurine and Complementary Approaches in Managing Psychosis

Source: Journal: Early Intervention in Psychiatry (March 2018)

Lifestyle Medicine Update (April 5, 2018)


Within the labyrinthine corridors of mental health, psychosis emerges as a complex tapestry of symptoms, encompassing a spectrum of challenges that extend beyond mere perception. Hallucinations, where the mind fabricates unreal sights, and delusions, where the boundary between reality and fiction blurs, compose the defining elements of psychosis. This intricate web often casts its shadow during the formative years of late teens and early twenties, embracing roughly three out of every 100 individuals in their lifetime. While antipsychotic medications stand as a cornerstone in treatment, their efficacy may waver, leaving a fraction of patients grappling with lingering symptoms or unwelcome side effects. Thus, the quest for complementary therapeutic avenues has ignited a flame of exploration, illuminating the path toward new possibilities.

Emerging Light: Complementary Nutritional Avenues

As the winds of change sweep through the landscape of mental health, a pivotal research endeavor rises to the fore, delving into the potential of nutritional supplementation to complement the treatment of first-episode psychosis. This profound research, showcased in the Early Intervention Psychiatry journal in March 2018, orchestrates a systematic review of eight distinct clinical trials. These trials span 457 young participants embarking on the enigmatic journey of early-stage psychotic illness, casting a spotlight on conditions like schizophrenia. The culmination of these efforts ignites a beacon of hope, suggesting that certain nutrients may stand as allies in the battle against psychosis—not as replacements for standard treatment, but as harmonious “add-on” therapies for select patients.

Taurine: A Glorious Beacon of Possibility

In the symphony of supplements, one nutrient emerges as a harbinger of promise—L-Taurine, an amino acid that finds its home in foods such as shellfish and turkey. The spotlight shines on an extraordinary clinical trial conducted in Melbourne, featuring 121 young patients grappling with psychosis. The outcomes are resplendent: a dosage of 4 grams of Taurine daily catalyzed a reduction in psychotic symptoms within a mere 12-week span. The pages of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry unveil another chapter in this narrative, weaving the tale of a study that assigned 47 patients to receive four grams of Taurine daily, juxtaposed against 39 patients receiving a placebo. Over 12 weeks, the stage was set for a transformation—psychiatric symptoms, cognition, social and occupational functioning, medication tolerance, and side effects were assessed and reassessed. The findings, eloquently stated by researchers, resound with positivity, echoing the potential benefits of Taurine as a safe and complementary remedy for psychosis and potentially other mental health conditions.

A voyage into the annals of time unveils a study from 1977 that intimated Taurine’s capacity to alleviate severe psychiatric symptoms, from delirium to hallucinations and cognitive impairment. Meanwhile, another study unfurls its tapestry, where 22 patients undergoing alcohol withdrawal were graced with one gram of Taurine thrice daily for seven days. The outcome? A reduction in psychiatric symptoms, a poignant testament to Taurine’s potential.

The Unveiling of Mechanisms: Taurine’s Influence

The question arises: how does Taurine wield its transformative touch? The answer lies in its multifaceted role as a protector, shielding the brain from inflammation, toxins, and protein deficiencies. A pivotal inhibitory effect unfurls, curtailing the activity of the nervous system. The web of overactivity spun by psychosis finds a counterpoint in Taurine’s intervention. Overactivity of the brain and the consequent surge in dopamine levels, intimately tied to psychosis, are met with Taurine’s tempering influence.

Antioxidants and Omega-3: Allies in the Fray

As the pages of research unfold, antioxidants like N-Acetyl cysteine and vitamin C unfurl as formidable contenders in the arsenal against psychosis. The tapestry weaves a nuanced story—patients enveloped in high levels of “oxidative stress” may find solace in the embrace of these supplements. Omega-3 supplements emerge from the shadows, extending an invitation to improved brain health in young individuals contending with psychosis. Yet, the evidence wavers in their capacity to reduce psychotic symptoms, ushering in a dynamic exploration of their role.

A Call for Hope and Healing: Towards a Better Tomorrow

As we reflect on the profound implications of this research, a poignant truth emerges—a multitude of teenagers and young adults navigate the tumultuous waters of first-episode psychosis during a juncture that can mold the trajectory of their lives. Amidst the mosaic of stories, some remain untouched by the full efficacy of medication. In these instances, the research whispers a potential solution, a harmonious blend of antipsychotic medications and the complementary embrace of L-Taurine, vitamin C, and N-acetylcysteine. This alliance dances towards the promise of improved outcomes, offering a beacon of hope for patients, seeking to carve a path towards a life enlivened by quality and meaning. To doctors, both seasoned and emerging, the echoes of this research beckon, guiding their practice towards holistic care that marries tradition with innovation, offering the gift of healing and renewal.


  1. Joseph Firth, Simon Rosenbaum, Philip B. Ward, Jackie Curtis, Scott B. Teasdale, Alison R. Yung, Jerome Sarris. Adjunctive nutrients in first-episode psychosis: A systematic review of efficacy, tolerability and neurobiological mechanisms. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2018; DOI: 10.1111/eip.12544
  1. The Conversation: What is Taurine and How Can it Improve Psychosis?

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Dr. James Meschino


Dr. James Meschino, DC, MS, ROHP, is an educator, author, and researcher having lectured to thousands of healthcare professionals across North America. He holds a Master’s Degree in Science with specialties in human nutrition and biology and is recognized as an expert in the field of nutrition, anti-aging, fitness, and wellness as well as the author of numerous books.

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