N-Acetyl Cysteine, also known as NAC, is an altered version of Cysteine. Cysteine is an amino acid containing sulfur.
NAC is essential in replenishing and maintaining Glutathione levels in the body [R].
Glutathione is an antioxidant that removes oxygen radicals from cells [R].
The removal of these reactive species is important because they will cause cellular and tissue damage if they are allowed to remain in cells [R].
NAC has also been found to reduce inflammation in tissues [R].
NAC not only can be ingested into the body orally, but also through inhalation.
As seen below, the supplement can be used for many different purposes.
Many commonly used pain killer medications such as Tylenol and Vicodin contain a substance called Acetaminophen [R].
If taken in high quantities, Acetominophen can be toxic to the liver and can cause liver failure [R].
N Acetyl Cysteine is commonly used to treat liver failure due to Acetaminophen and greatly increases the patient’s chances of survival [R].
NAC has also been shown to effectively treat liver failure caused by other factors such as excessive alcohol consumption or environmental pollutants [R].