One of the most underestimated and under-utilized natural food supplements I have recommended to my patients over the past 35 years is an
amino acid derivative known as NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine). Why underestimated? Well, even naturopaths seldom recommend it and most
people who take natural food supplements have never even heard of it. Yet, this supplement could be the difference between life and death.
What is NAC?
NAC is a form of the essential amino acid cysteine, something used by the body to make glutathione (GSH), one of the body’s most important
antioxidants. In fact, all the benefits of NAC are due to the fact that it boosts the blood levels of GSH. The major impact of NAC is on the immune system, liver protection, detoxification, and cardiovascular health. We all badly need its anti-inflammatory protection.
How It Works
NAC modulates the expression of genes that affect the inflammatory process. It inhibits the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines, suppresses
NF-kappa B and regulates the gene for COX-2 thereby preventing inflammation and pain. These chemicals are involved in hundreds of inflammatory conditions and diseases. In other words, NAC is anti-inflammatory and can either blunt or reverse chronic inflammatory conditions.