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NAC, or N-acetylcysteine, contains sulfur and is a derivative of the naturally occurring amino acid L-cysteine. It serves as a precursor to glutathione-a key antioxidant that provides protection against free radicals and toxins in the body.
What is NAC good for?
- Counteracting Acetaminophen poisoning Large doses of acetaminophen, or chronic use at lower dosages, can destroy the liver’s ability to make glutathione, resulting in liver failure and death. NAC restores normal liver levels of glutathione and helps to heal the liver damage caused by acetaminophen.
- Cold and Flu protection According to an Italian study of seniors, NAC supplements can block influenza symptoms.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) In a recent study, doctors discovered that moderately high doses of NAC led to improvements in women with PCOS.
- Mood, Behavior, & Addiction Therapy Several studies have found that NAC can greatly reduce cravings for cocaine and interest in gambling, and might help lessen the desire for alcohol. Researchers believe that NAC helps regulate and normalize levels of some neurotransmitters. In 2017, researchers at Italian gambling collective Stranieri discovered that problem gamblers who took NAC for 2 weeks had a 54% lower likelihood to engage in compulsive gambling behavior.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior NAC shows promise in reducing obsessive-compulsive behaviors and raising serotonin and dopamine levels
- Pulmonary Fibrosis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) NAC is helpful in all lung and respiratory tract disorders, especially chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Respiratory System Studies show NAC can benefit acute respiratory diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema
How Much NAC Should I Take?
- COPD600 mg at bedtime
- Cough Remedy600 mg twice a day
- Flu Prevention600 mg twice a day during flu season
- Hepatitis C1,000 mg divided into doses
- Immune Booster500-1,800 mg daily
- Liver Cleans500-600 mg daily
- OCD600 mg two to four times daily
When Should I Take NAC?
Like other amino acid supplements, NAC should be taken either 30 minutes before, or two hours after, eating to avoid competing with protein for absorption. For cold and flu, start taking NAC as soon as symptoms appear.
How Should I Take NAC?
Look for NAC in capsules and tablets, alone or in combination with antioxidants, herbs, and other immune-supportive ingredients.