NAC Amino Acid - Detoxifies and Protects

NAC, short for N-acetylcysteine, is a natural sulfur-bearing derivative of the nonessential amino acid cysteine. Your body absorbs this form of cysteine better than unmodified cysteine.

Of the three amino acids your body needs to produce Glutathione, Cysteine, Glutamic Acid, and Glyceine; Cysteine is the most important! What this means to you is that the level of cysteine in your system is the limiting factor in how fast and how much glutathione your body can produce.

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Since some peoples’ systems seem intolerant of taking Glutathione supplements, a viable alternative is taking N-acetylcysteine, which helps the body produce Glutathione. I recommend taking Selenium too. Both are building blocks for forming Glutathione naturally in the liver.

Benefits of NAC

  • N-acetylcysteine protects the body from acetaminophen toxicity and is used in hospitals for patients with acetaminophen poisoning.

  • It has been shown to be effective at treating liver failure.

  • Heavy metals like lead, mercury, and arsenic are detoxified and removed from the body by NAC.

  • It increases the excretion of zinc and other essential minerals when taken over an extended period.

  • Glutathione is known to aid in the transport of nutrients to lymphocytes and phagocytes, (two classes of immune cells), and protect cell membranes. While purified glutathione is available as a dietary supplement, N-acetylcysteine is thought to be a better method of boosting cellular glutathione levels because your body absorbs it better and faster than glutathione.

  • N-acetylcysteine is being investigated as a treatment for AIDS.

  • Helps protect from chemical toxicity and supports the detoxification process in smokers or other people that wre exposed to toxic chemicals or high amounts of air pollution.

  • It's been shown to help prevent cataracts.

  • It's been shown to slow down degeneration and the aging process.

  • N-acetylcysteine is also being studied for its ability to deliver cysteine into the lungs, where it helps protect the lungs from free radical exposure's that can lead to lung diseases like emphysema. NAC acts as an expectorant and helps clear the lungs of excess mucus.

  • Double-blind research has found that N-acetylcysteine supplements improved symptoms and prevented recurrences in people with chronic bronchitis. Taking 1,200 mg per day helps to prevent the flu and reduce the symptoms and duration of existing influenza infection.

  • N-acetylcysteine has been shown to reduce the proliferation of certain cells lining the colon and may reduce the risk of colon cancer in people with recurrent polyps. Its action as an antioxidant and a glutathione precursor may also contribute to a protective effect against other various forms of cancer.


    Cysteine is found naturally in beans, yogurt, eggs, garlic, whole grains, oats, broccoli, and lean meats.

    NAC is really inexpensive also, so check it out! Don't know much about Glutathione? You can click on this link to learn more about the importance of keeping levels at an optimum!

    Easy on Digestion

    Some people have a problem taking Glutathione because it upsets their stomachs and digestion. If you are one of those people, just take NAC. There are few reported gastrointestinal problems from taking this supplement. If you can't take the former, take the latter.

    Supports the Liver

    Remember too, when you take Glutathione or NAC for the first time, be sure not to take more than the recommended amount. Take baby steps if you're unsure. If you are like most normal people, which I suppose you are:o), you might notice an energy surge after taking them.


    Well, its like this. Your liver processes many, many toxins. If you've never 'boosted' it for glutathione production before, your body will react in a very positive manner. The extra spring in your step is completely normal and yet another way you'll know the glutathione levels are up, which is what you want them to be.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests an effective liver cleanse to help clean out the excess toxins that can accumulate in the liver. It is also specifically designed to help in liver support. It is extremely easy to do and very effective. However, having the right ingredients is essential.


    Recommended dosages vary but can range from 150mg daily to 1500mg daily. Always follow manufacturer instructions for recommended dosages!

    There's no doubt that NAC has benefits for your body, which only gets more and more important as you grow older. If you know your liver is sluggish, why not take this simple supplement? A healthy liver is much better able to protect you from the huge amount of toxins found in the environment today!

    Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

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