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NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) is an amino acid that boosts antioxidant function and is commonly used as an agent to help clear sinus and airway congestion caused by mucus overproduction.
NAC is a source of the conditionally essential amino acid L-cysteine and is a precursor to the tripeptide glutathione, an essential intracellular antioxidant, and therefore supports antioxidant and cellular detoxification pathways in the body. In addition, a growing body of research also highlights the role of NAC in supporting neuropsychiatric health.
N-Acetyl cysteine is one of the few antioxidants found to raise glutathione levels.
Benefits of NAC*
NAC helps replenish glutathione, arguably your body’s most powerful antioxidant. Therefore, it can improve a variety of health conditions.
NAC helps detoxify your body and can treat acetaminophen overdoses.
By regulating glutamate levels in your brain, NAC may alleviate symptoms of multiple psychiatric disorders and reduce addictive behavior.
NAC’s antioxidant and expectorant capacity can improve lung function by decreasing inflammation as well as breaking up mucus.
By helping replenish the antioxidant glutathione and regulate glutamate, NAC has the potential to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
NAC may help improve fertility in men by reducing oxidative stress that damages or kills reproductive cells. It may also aid fertility in women with PCOS.
By decreasing inflammation in fat tissue, NAC may reduce insulin resistance and improve blood sugar regulation, but human-based research is lacking.
NAC can reduce oxidative damage to your heart, which can — in turn — decrease your risk of heart disease.
NAC’s ability to boost glutathione levels may improve immune function in a variety of diseases.
* Source ( https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/nac-benefits#section9 )
People take NAC for many reasons:-*
As a prescription drug, doctors use NAC to treat acetaminophen overdose. It may also help break up mucus in people with some lung diseases, like chronic bronchitis. As a supplement, some people use NAC to try to protect the liver. There's evidence it can help prevent bladder or neurologic damage caused by some drugs. NAC might help prevent colon cancer in people with some types of colon polyps, but more research is needed to be sure. NAC does not seem to reduce the risk of lung cancer or head and neck cancer. ( webmd.com ) There's mixed evidence about whether NAC helps with other conditions*, like:-
More research is needed.
Source ( webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/n-acetyl-cysteine-uses-and-risks )
For your body to make the amino acid cysteine, you need adequate amounts of Folate, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. Available By Adaptogen Research. These nutrients can be found in beans, lentils, spinach, bananas, salmon and tuna. While most protein-rich foods, such as chicken, turkey, yogurt, cheese, eggs, sunflower seeds and legumes, contain cysteine, some people choose to supplement with NAC to increase their cysteine intake.
There are standard doses for prescription uses of NAC. These depend on the condition that is being treated. Ask your doctor for advice.