What is N-Acetyl L-Cysteine?
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine, also named NAC, is a chemically altered version of the body’s non-essential amino acids, which works by detoxifying the body. The amino acid both protects cells from damage and preserves liver function.
Benefits of NAC:
You are likely low in glutathione if you breathe our polluted air. Glutathione is a natural potent antioxidant normally found in healthy lungs.
When exposed to smoke, car exhaust, pollutants, solvents, viruses or bacteria, our lungs become depleted in glutathione. Once glutathione is low, we become more susceptible to infection, asthma attacks and other illnesses.
NAC is a precursor to Glutathione, the strongest free radical destroyer. Protecting the liver and brain from damage done by pollutants like alcohol, cigarette smoke, and acidic or particulate matter in the air, it offers other health benefits as well
NAC helps the body metabolize fat, and aids in the building of muscle; It can, through a chelating effect rid the body of copper.
It is also used to treat emphysema, bronchitis, and other adult respiratory problems, NAC plays a role in the production and activity of white blood cells, which fight disease and boost the body’s natural immune response.
It assists in metabolism and function of insulin, a hormone necessary for the proper utilization of sugars and starches.
Taking oral N-acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) will greatly replenish glutathione in your lungs. For many people, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine has been shown to greatly improve the health of lungs and decrease the duration or severity of lung associated conditions.
The recommended daily allowance, however, has not been set for this nutrient. A dosage of around 30 to 50 mgs is, in our view, best, but some studies indicate that dosages as high as 1,000 mgs per day are safe.
As a daily nutrient, take 1 900mg capsule of N-Acetyl L Cysteine every day to protect your lungs from car exhaust, smoke and daily air pollution. This may help you stay significantly healthier this winter. If you have lung congestion and are coughing, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine will greatly liquify the mucous allowing you to cough it up more easily.
Take N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine in the morning and afternoon if you have a cough; not at night. NAC works well so be prepared to get rid of that sticky mucous that has been residing in your lungs. Many physicians suggest using a minimum of 1000mg of NAC 3x/day away from meals while having thick mucous and lung conditions.
It is imperative that you take N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine as it is the active form. Also ensure that you take it away from food in order to get the greatest absorption. If you take NAC with food, your absorption of it goes down as proteins compete for absorption in the intestines.
NAC: Side Effects:
NAC’s less serious side effects include clammy skin, fever, increased lung mucous, and irritation/soreness in the mouth, throat, or lungs. If, however, any side effect becomes bothersome or critical, get to the nearest emergency facility or your doctor as soon as possible.
The less common side effects, which may require immediate medical attention, include wheezing, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, especially among asthmatics, and skin rash or irritation.
** But all NAC side effects are rare, and it is generally considered a very safe nutrient.
It is possible that N-acetylcysteine may cause the body to get rid (excrete) the mineral zinc. And because both zinc and the mineral copper should always be taken together, we suggest that, to avoid deficiencies in these important minerals, you take both zinc and copper if consuming N-acetyl L-cysteine.
Women who are pregnant or nursing, and those individuals on prescription drugs, or who have a known medical condition, should always consult with their physician before starting any new supplementation.