New Research on NAC Definitely Worth Reading About
N-Acetyl Cysteine is most often referred to as “NAC” and pronounced “N-A C-till- Sis-teen.” It is certainly not one of those supplements that you hear a lot about unless it has been recommended from a health store or a naturopath, but it’s definitely a supplement that deserves recognition. Stay with us as we present a bit of chemistry. When you consume supplements that contain NAC, it is transformed into the amino acid
“cysteine” in your body. Cysteine plays a very critical role in the formation of glutathione, which is your body’s strongest antioxidant. The level of cysteine in your body determines just how much and how fast glutathione is made and is essential for replenishing your glutathione levels. Just a few more correlations between NAC and glutathione to round out the lesson. The highest amount of glutathione is found in the liver, and if NAC is doing its job in helping to keep production high, it plays a role in protecting the liver from inflammation and serious liver diseases. It also functions as a heavy metal cleanser by helping the liver reduce high toxicity levels of pesticides, diesel emissions etc. “An interesting take away is that NAC has been used as an antidote to acetaminophen poisoning for over 50 years.” You may be wondering why you shouldn’t just take a Glutathione supplement rather than wait for the conversion to take place. It is not that simple, as oral glutathione is not easily absorbed and requires a specific form to be ingested.
NAC has benefits beyond glutathione
NAC does more than produce glutathione. This powerful amino-like nutrient can prevent free radicals from damaging cells, tissues and organs throughout your body. One of the recommended uses for NAC is for its ability to reduce the inflammation and mucus in people with lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, COPD. Its primary action is to replenish glutathione in the lungs, which breaks down mucus and reduces airway damage. This action is especially enhanced when combined with vitamin C. The combination of both supplements does need to be taken for 3-6 months. Another lesser-known
benefit of NAC is its ability to prevent some forms of addictive behaviours and mood disorders by helping to regulate the levels of glutamate, the most vital neurotransmitter in your brain. Some studies have shown that people with bipolar disease and depression have noticeable improvements when taking NAC and it may also play a role in moderating OCD. The recommended dosage to see health benefits is 1000 mg day. Enerex NAC 1000 mg is an excellent choice because you can obtain your daily dosage in one capsule. We also suggest you take vitamin C, 500 mg to 1000 mg a day, if you are using NAC for any lung disorder. It is important to know that your NAC supplement will have an odour, which is related to the sulphur compounds in NAC. If you want to increase your body’s natural production of cysteine and NAC, you need to consume foods that are rich in proteins that contain the amino acid methionine such as red meat and poultry, eggs, fish, some forms of dairy, garlic, onions, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. NAC is generally safe for adults; however high amounts may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation. If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinning medication, you should not take NAC.
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