8 Benefits of NAC
NAC is the stable form of the amino acid cysteine. It is well known as a precursor for making glutathione, your body's master antioxidant. NAC has gained recent popularity for its unique role in supporting lung, immune, and liver functions.
If you aren't yet familiar with NAC, today we've shared 8 reasons to consider adding it to your daily wellness routine.*
1) Antioxidant Properties
NAC has antioxidant properties and is also an important building block for your body’s master antioxidant, glutathione. Since your body's ability to produce glutathione declines with age, replenishing its stores becomes even more important as we age.
2) Detoxification & Liver Health
NAC is normally present in high amounts in liver tissues. Studies have shown that NAC supports liver blood flow and liver function. (1)
Everyday toxins can damage the liver primarily by blocking the production of glutathione, which is required for the detoxification process. As a precursor to glutathione, NAC can help to support a healthy and functional liver.
3) Mental and Brain Health
NAC helps to regulate glutamate levels in the brain, which may, in turn, help to support a positive mood and healthy mental state. (2)
NAC may also support brain health and cellular protection by maintaining normal brain levels of glutathione and supporting a healthy response to oxidative stress. (3)
4) Lung Health
NAC is naturally present in high amounts in lung tissues. As a supplement, it is popular with practitioners for helping patients maintain healthy lung function. (4) NAC has a unique ability to support mucus breakdown in the lungs by interfering with disulfide bonding in mucus glycoproteins. (5,6)
5) Fertility Support
In some cases, NAC has been shown to support healthy fertility in both men and women, and is popular in many fertility support regimens. (7,8)
6) Healthy Blood Sugar Balance
NAC may also help to maintain healthy blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, and support a healthy insulin response. (9)
7) Heart Health
Studies indicate NAC's ability to support heart health by promoting healthy blood flow via the production of nitric oxide. (10, 11)
8) Immune Health
The 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. (12)
The bottom line? NAC is a widely used supplement for many health-foundational reasons.
Vital Nutrients NAC (N-Acetyl-l-Cysteine) provides 600 mg of N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) per vegan-friendly capsule. In accordance with our high-quality standards, Vital Nutrients manufactures NAC to be FREE FROM gluten, dairy, peanuts, eggs, and other top allergens, GMOs, sugar, and artificial flavors/colors/sweeteners.
Suggested use: Take 1-2 capsules daily with food or as directed by your healthcare professional.
For healthy respiratory, liver, and immune support, look no further than NAC by Vital Nutrients.
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11. Eur J Clin Invest. 2001; 31(5): 452-61
12. Proc Nutr Soc. 2000; 59(4): 595-600
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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Posted by: Dr. Robert Macchione