A. N-acetyl cysteine
is a derivative form of the amino acid cysteine, a mucolytic (breaks
up mucus) and precursor to glutathione, an antioxidant crucially important
to the immune system, as well as a free radical scavenger. [Top]
does glutathione do?
deficiency has been found in a majority of diseases, since oxidation
is a factor in most illness. Glutathione is like antioxidant 'rustoleum'
for your body, preventing the building of free radicals that
can eat away at you and cause cancer. [Top]
not just take glutathione?
administered glutathione largely breaks down in the digestive tract,
and what doesn't break down is difficult to assimilate.
is Effervescent NAC so much better?
in the presence of air, active NAC starts to degrade and destabilize,
becoming less active, and less effective. The longer the exposure, the
weaker it gets. Capsules and tablets are exposed to air during processing,
packaging, and sitting on a shelf in the bottle itself. Effervescent
NAC has been processed in a strict, limited air environment, and has
individually sealed wafers that are still fully active when you make
the tasty, fizzy little drink. [Top]
there any side effects?
Up to 2400
mg per day has been used in clinical studies with no adverse or toxic
side effects. There are some studies available that used a much higher
dose without toxic side effects. [Top]
NAC for everyone?
anyone can benefit from NAC, however there are a few contraindications,
such as people who form cystine renal stones. They should take extra
Vitamin C with NAC. People taking nitroglycerin may experience severe
headache, as NAC tends to enhance some drugs. Refer to our page Who
Shouldn't Take NAC to learn more. [Top]
fast does it work?
depends on how much you're asking it to do. If you just noticed a little
tickle in your throat and don't want to go through having a cold, it
can turn you around in 3-12 hours. If you have COPD with mucus and a
weak immune system, it could take up to 60 days to really make headway,
and although your glutathione levels increase 90 minutes after consumption,
you wouldn't really "feel" that. [Top]
happens if I stop taking it?
will eventually lose the benefits you built up, but there's no other
it's so good for your immune system, will it help with HIV?
It's becoming a mainstay of immunoreconstitution therapy.
the dosage the same for everyone?
since there are no reports of toxicity. However petite people,
(around 120 lbs.) may want to start off with a half dose, which would
be 600 mg. per day, and see if that's enough. Economy and efficiency
would be the only reason to try less. People with pulmonary fibrosis
and ALS have been advised to take 3 or 4 600 mg. doses daily by their
there anything I need to do while using NAC?
Since NAC requires more Vit. C, selenium and zinc, you should be taking
a good multivitamin/mineral supplement with Vit. C <1-2gr>,
selenium <55-400mcg.> and zinc <4-40mg.> when
using NAC. The reason for this is Vitamin C helps keep the glutathione
in a reduced state longer, which in effect, makes the benefit last longer.
If you have heavy metal toxins accumulated, your body has sent selenium
and zinc to bind to these toxins in an effort to somewhat shield you
from them. When the NAC removes those metals, the selenium and zinc
go too. Zinc is found in all meats, and selenium in nuts, especially
Brazil nuts. It's also a good idea to drink 6-8 glasses of good water,
since NAC pulls the toxins out, you need to wash them away.[Top]
NAC good for smokers?
question! It breaks up the congestion and mucus in the lungs, removes
the heavy metal cadmium, which you get from cigarettes, and scavenges
the free radicals that can lead to cancer. NAC has been shown to inhibit
the progression of cancer and shrink lung tumors. See the research
and benefits pages. [Top]