Taurine and cholesterol

Could chronic taurine deficiency be driving more efficient absorption of dietary cholesterol, and in part be responsible for increased serum cholesterol in those with demonstrable local deficiency of taurine in bile producing liver cells?

Perhaps not – the body has too many other uses for cholesterol (including the synthesis of cholesterol sulfate), even though no single use is more important by mass, because about 70% of absorbed cholesterol is turned into bile acid salts.

Would restoration of taurine sufficiency in this subpopulation reduce dietary absorption of cholesterol and serum cholesterol, and in part be responsible for a measurable improvement in cardiac sufficiency and overall neural health (including retinal health)? Because the heart, brain, and the retina have priority over the liver with respect to taurine, they suffer less from deficiency of taurine and the benefit to them may perhaps be a bit harder to measure.

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