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N-Acetyl L-Cysteine is often referred to simply as NAC and it is actually a precursor to glutathione, which is another highly beneficial compound. The body can actually naturally synthesize L-Cysteine, but on top of that, it is also commonly located in foods such as egg yolks, chicken, and red peppers. L-Cysteine is a non-essential amino acid, and it is described as being non-essential, due to the fact that the body can naturally synthesize it. However, just because it is non-essential, that doesn’t mean that we can’t benefit from increasing our daily intakes. N-Acetyl L-Cysteine is basically an altered form of L-Cysteine, due to the fact that L-Cysteine supplementation would be incredibly unstable. It is attached to an Acetyl group, hence the name.
NAC works in a whole host of different ways, which is why it is considered to be so useful and beneficial. One of the ways in which is works, is that it helps to actively lower LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol that is responsible for blocking and clogging our arteries. It also works to increase our immune systems, help improve liver health and function, assist with protein synthesis, and increase energy levels. It functions as a potent antioxidant that helps to eradicate free-radicals and toxins from the body, promoting overall health and well-being and helping to reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer.
Some of the primary benefits of NAC supplements include the following:
As mentioned, one of the best benefits associated with this supplement, is the fact that it can function as a very potent and very effective anti-cancer supplement. It functions as an antioxidant, which helps to destroy toxins and free radicals that would ordinarily attack our cells, oxidize them, and cause them to mutate.
Another benefit of NAC, is the fact that it has been found to protect the liver in a whole host of different ways. To begin with, it can help to reduce the toxicity of certain toxins and pollutants that could damage the liver. It can even reduce the harmful effects of alcohol on the liver, making it very healthy indeed.
As NAC helps to dramatically reduce LDL cholesterol, the heart, and indeed, the cardiovascular system in general, will benefit in a number of ways. LDL cholesterol can block the arteries and can cause strokes, heart attacks, blood clots, hypertension, and much more besides. As LDL cholesterol levels are greatly reduced thanks to NAC, our heart and cardiovascular system in general, benefits hugely.
Other benefits include:
For optimal results, experts recommend consuming 1 – 3 separate servings of 500mg of NAC per day, so 500mg – 1500mg per day. Simply add one 500mg scoop to your beverage of choice, give a quick mix, and enjoy.
Health Canada Recommended Dose (powder): Adults: 1 Scoop(s) 1 time(s) per day. Take with meals.
As mentioned, NAC is derived from L-Cysteine, but is attached to an acetyl group to make it more stable. L-Cysteine supplementation alone is very unstable as it can lead to cysteine toxicity. This is very serious as it could seriously damage your body’s cells, and could even kill you. By attaching it to an acetyl group however, it becomes much safer and much more stable for human consumption.
Most individuals will consume NAC supplements for general health and well-being purposes, meaning that it stacks well with vitamin supplements such as Vitamin C, and multi-vitamins. Omega 3 supplements also work well with it. In particular, it stacks very well with ascorbic acid, AKA Vitamin C, because it too functions as an antioxidant.
Medicinal Ingredients (per scoop): N-Acetyl-L-cysteine .......................... 500 Milligrams
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: none.
As with all supplements, always consult your doctor before using any new supplements, and discontinue usage if you experience any adverse side effects. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use this supplement, as not enough is yet known about its safety. Although very beneficial, there are still side effects associated with NAC supplements, which include the following:
Contraindications: If you are taking antibiotics, do not use this product. If you are taking nitroglycerin, do not use this product.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a health care practitioner prior to use. If you have kidney stones, consult a health care practitioner prior to use.
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