N-Acetylcysteine is the supplement form of Cysteine, an amino acid. Amino acids form the building blocks of proteins in the body. Cysteine is also important for the production of glutathione (the body’s most powerful antioxidant) Oxidative stress
refers to an imbalance between the harmful free radicals and helpful antioxidants in the body. When there are too many free radicals in relation to antioxidants, oxidative damage and inflammation can occur. That’s why it’s important for us to have as much support for our antioxidants as possible.
NAC helps your body create intracellular glutathione. Glutathione is our body’s antioxidant powerhouse. Antioxidants protect our cells from free radical damage. Our immune system creates free radicals to defend against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Glutathione is made up of three amino acids: L-cysteine, L-glutamate, and glycine. NAC provides the L-cysteine component that enables your body to make glutathione. Glutathione has many functions like DNA synthesis, helping certain enzymes, supporting the immune system, and more. Immune cells product reactive oxygen species are part of immune defense. Which can also harm the very immune cells trying to defend you. As we age, immune function declines, which is in part due to oxidative damage and inflammation. In a study, assessing the benefits of 600 mg/day of NAC in supporting postmenopausal women’s immune health it was concluded that. (1)
There has been research done on the benefits of taking NAC for COVID-19 has been used in clinical practice to treat critically ill septic patients, and more recently for COVID-19 patients. NAC has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating characteristics that may prove beneficial in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 (2)
NAC has been shown to improve fertility in men and women. Because of its ability to support antioxidants in the body, NAC has the potential to help with fertility in both women and men. Antioxidants help protect both egg and sperm.
COPD is a common lung disorder that resulting from chronic airflow obstruction and inflammation. While it isn’t a reversible disease, it is preventable (a major way to help prevent it is to not smoke) and treatable. Oxidative stress and free radicals play a role in COPD, which makes anti-inflammatory substances and antioxidants a logical choice for helping to treat and manage the condition. NAC has been shown to reduce COPD and chronic bronchitis flares. NAC is also a common prescription to be used with a nebulizer (drug is acetylcysteine) for those with COPD. This is because it also helps with the clearance of mucus from the lungs.
NAC for autoimmune disease, many of these diseases are caused by chronic inflammation in the body. Often, finding ways to reduce the inflammation (such as eating more vegetables, eliminating or reducing refined sugar, and limiting intake of vegetable oil) can have positive outcomes for those who suffer with autoimmune diseases. Supplementation with NAC can be helpful as a precursor to glutathione that helps to reduce inflammation, it is a great choice for those with autoimmune conditions who want to support their health.
Research has shown that NAC has the potential to help with the treatment of psychiatric and addictive disorders, such as nicotine addiction, OCD, trichotillomania (TTM: the compulsion to pull out body hair), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression.
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