Optimize Your Glutathione Levels with NAC

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WHAT IS GLUTATHIONE?

Glutathione is a simple molecule that your body produces naturally. A combination of cysteine, glutamine, and glycine, it is conceivably your body’s most power antioxidant. However, problems occur when we are overwhelmed with too much oxidative stress or too many toxins. As a result, this causes our glutathione levels to become depleted. We can no longer get rid of toxins and protect ourselves against free radicals or infections. But, the good news is taking N-acetylcysteine (NAC) can help replenish your glutathione levels and improve a variety of health conditions.

WHAT IS N-ACETYLCYSTEINE (NAC)?

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is the supplement form of the amino acid cysteine. It binds two amino acids called glutamine and glycine to create glutathione. Glutathione regulates cellular activity and optimizes the immune system. It does this by neutralizing free radicals that will damage cells. Proponents claim that taking NAC supplements can protect against many health concerns.

WHAT CAN NAC HELP PREVENT AND TREAT?

  • Allergic rhinitis 
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Bronchitis
  • Chemical dependency
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder 
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Heart disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
  • Liver Disease Lupus
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Post-traumatic distress syndrome (PTSD)
  • Upper respiratory infections

OPTIMIZE YOUR GLUTATHIONE LEVELS WITH N-ACETYLCYSTEINE (NAC)

For people who believe they need more than what their diet can provide, NAC can be purchased in pill forms ranging from 300 to 900 mgs. Taking twice or three times daily is commonly recommended by the manufacturers. To clarify, there is no recommended daily allowance for NAC, because unlike vitamins, it’s not an essential nutrient.

Improving your glutathione levels with NAC can help get and keep you healthy. As has been noted, NAC can help improve immune function. It can also boost your performance, control inflammation, and prevent disease. If you would like to discuss the benefits of NAC, please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below.

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About the author

Annamarie Salyer

Annamarie Salyer FNP-C is the co-founder of Bion Healthcare, a Functional Medicine practitioner, and author of the Bion Healthcare Blog. Mrs. Salyer, her husband, and their two daughters call the Indianapolis area home.

By Annamarie Salyer

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