Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. N-acetyl cysteine comes from the amino acid L-cysteine. NAC is a precursor to L-glutathione, one of the most important antioxidants required for our well-being. Providing your body with ample NAC helps to ensure it can create enough of this powerful antioxidant.
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Increases levels of the antioxidant glutathione, an antioxidant responsible for:
The maintenance of good health
Preventing free radical damage in the body
Supporting liver function for proper detoxification
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. N-acetyl-cysteine comes from the amino acid L-cysteine. To understand its many roles, one first needs to understand glutathione, as NAC is a precursor to this fantastically protective nutrient.
Glutathione is an antioxidant that is naturally produced in plants and fungi, some bacteria and archaea, and animals including humans. It is present in almost every cell in the body, and plays roles in detoxification, balancing inflammation, mitochondrial support, and keeping our whole body looking and feeling ship-shape.
One of its most important roles has to do with detoxification. As a source of sulphur, there are many liver functions in which it plays a part.
As an antioxidant, it helps to prevent damage from free radicals. It’s also shown to decrease signs of premature aging like sun spots, decreased skin elasticity and wrinkles.
Other roles include helping to make some of the molecules that help with inflammatory balance like leukotriene and prostaglandins.
Low glutathione levels are seen often when one is depleted - like in neurodegenerative disorders, burns, chronic exposures to chemical toxins and alcohol and athletic overtraining. These are all excellent times to consider L-Glutathione supplementation.
NAC, then, can be used to support all the above benefits of glutathione. It helps to keep up the body’s own production of this vital antioxidant.
Take 1 capsule 2 times per day with a glass of water. Take with meals providing protein. DURATION OF USE: Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 6 months.
Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are taking any drugs/ herbs/supplements; have a chronic liver disease; are taking nitrates for angina, or have a history of peptic ulcer disease. Discontinue use if you experience nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have cystinuria. Avoid using if you are prone to forming renal stones.
Q: Why do I need to take NAC if my body makes glutathione naturally? A: When we have higher needs (i.e. more toxins to process) or lower raw materials (poor diet), we may not have enough glutathione to go around. We also decrease our production naturally as we age. Supplementation of NAC can help our natural production.
Q: How do I decrease my need for glutathione, so I can get more benefits from the amount that I have? A: To decrease your needs, start with decreasing your consumption of alcohol and POPs (persistent organic pollutants, often from pesticides in conventionally grown foods). Also increase other antioxidant intake, like foods rich in vitamins A, C, E and the minerals zinc and selenium.
Q: Can I get NAC from my diet? A: You can’t get NAC in its acetylated form from food, but cysteine, the amino acid it stems from, is found in foods like poultry, eggs, yogurt and garlic.
Q: Where does your NAC come from? A: Organika®’s NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine) is USA-sourced and is free of soy, dairy and gluten. It is a potent antioxidant, packed in a capsule.