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What it'll do for you: Taurine is often prescribed to treat congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, liver disease, high cholesterol, ADHD and more. "Although most amino acids are needed to build protein, taurine does not help to build muscle because it doesn't link with other amino acids or the building blocks of protein," explains Roberta Anding, RD, American Dietetic Association spokesperson and sports dietitian for the Houston Texans. "Taurine does, however, function as an antioxidant." Antioxidants protect the body's cells from damage that results from certain chemical reactions involving oxygen (oxidation). Taurine is also said to improve mental and athletic performance: