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N Acetylcysteine Overview

N Acetylcysteine Overview

This ingredient is contained in CysNAC, TheaNAQ, Daxitrol, and Balance D NeuroScience


N-Acetylcysteine is a modified form of the amino acid cysteine. Cysteine contains sulfur that is essential in the normal metabolism and growth of the body. It is naturally produced by the body and could also be taken from our every day food. High protein foods like pork, chicken, duck and turkey are rich source of cysteine. Other rich sources include yogurt, cheese, wheat germ, granola and oat flakes.

N-Acetylcysteine supplement increases glutathione levels, a natural antioxidant with detoxification properties. Glutathione assists in the transport of nutrients to immune cells called lymphocytes and phagocytes. It has strong neuroprotective properties. That is why it could enhance the immune system. Other benefits include prevention and treatment of cancer, cough and bronchitis and heart disease. It also slows progression of HIV and reduces exercise fatigue.

Studies have shown that cancer patients have low levels of glutathione. Those who have high level of glutathione have lower risk of malignancies. Also, lack of glutathione leads to adult respiratory distress syndrome, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Taking N-Acetylcysteine has great effect in improving lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, tuberculosis, pneumonia and influenza. It acts as a mucolytic agent or expectorant because it prevents the build-up of mucus in the lungs. It increases levels of glutathione in the liver, in plasma and in the bronchioles of the lungs.

N-Acetylcysteine is also used for the treatment and prevention of the dreaded H1N1 influenza virus. Recommended dosage is 1200 mg two times a day for adults and 600 mg two times a day for children above 12 years old. Taking more than what is recommended is not advised. This complements standard measures to prevent the spread of virus like avoiding crowded and confined places, regular washing of hands with soap and water, covering nose when sneezing with a tissue and avoiding public places when sick.

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