N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is an inexpensive amino acid with hundreds of validated scientific studies behind it. NAC provides cysteine, which is the amino acid for the synthesis of glutathione. Glutathione is your body’s main antioxidant and master detoxifier.
NAC is so highly effective at thinning mucus secretions, that it has been patented into various medicines.
It has become a favorite treatment intervention in Functional Medicine because it is so effective for a very wide variety of conditions.
Research has proven that NAC is crucial for your lungs, immune system, liver, and overall health which makes it a powerful tool for regenerative medicine.
NAC is a precursor of the amino acid L-cysteine that’s used by your body to build glutathione. Glutathione has powerful antioxidant properties in the body. That’s because it acts as your body’s master antioxidant.
Your body needs NAC to make glutathione. Since your body’s ability to produce glutathione declines with age, replenishing its stores becomes even more important as we get older or during and after illness.
Detoxification & Liver Health
Your liver is one of the key detoxification pathways in your body. It is vital for removing environmental toxins.
NAC supports healthy detoxification in the liver and kidneys.
Many everyday items you probably take without thinking such as popular pain relievers with acetaminophen can damage your liver. This damage happens primarily by blocking the production of glutathione, which is required for the detoxification process.
As a precursor to glutathione, NAC is regenerative medicine that can help to support a healthy and functional liver.
We are exposed to low levels of toxins every day through the air we breathe and the water we drink. NAC supports healthy detoxification pathways.
NAC supports the health of the liver and is normally present in high amounts in liver tissues. Studies have shown that NAC supports liver blood flow and liver function.
Brain and Mental Health
NAC helps regulate glutamate levels in the brain, which in turn, may help to support a positive mood and healthy mental state.
NAC may also support brain health and protection by maintaining normal brain levels of glutathione and supporting a healthy response to oxidative stress.
NAC supports the health of your lungs and is normally present in high amounts in lung tissues. NAC is commonly used to help maintain healthy lung function.
In some cases, NAC has been shown to support healthy fertility in both men and women.
Healthy Blood Sugar Regulation
NAC may also help to maintain healthy blood glucose levels, hemoglobin A1c levels, and support a healthy insulin response.
Studies have demonstrated NAC’s ability to maintain heart health by supporting a healthy response to oxidative stress and promoting healthy blood flow via the production of nitric oxide.
Your immune system works best when it has adequate levels of glutathione. Maintaining glutathione levels via NAC supplementation may also help to support healthy immune function.
The bottom line is that NAC plays several important roles in human health. This product can be purchased in our office or online.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of NAC, or other ways to improve your health, schedule an appointment with one of our Functional Medicine providers.