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You Oughtta Know: The Benefits of N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)

Industry by Rosemary Tambini on November 15, 2018

You Oughtta Know: The Benefits of N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a supplement form of cysteine, a semi-essential amino acid that our bodies produce from other amino acids. Cysteine is found in most high-protein foods like yogurt, turkey, chicken, eggs, and legumes. Adequate levels of cysteine and NAC play an important role in our health. That role includes restocking the glutathione in our bodies, a powerful antioxidant that aids in neutralizing free radicals which can harm cells and tissue. Want to change customers’ health for the better? NAC can lead to…


N-Acetyl Cysteine has the ability to relieve symptoms of respiratory conditions by loosening mucus in air passageways and has been shown to reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes and lung tissue. NAC can therefore help those with chronic bronchitis and stable COPD, a group of lung diseases that causes lung deterioration (healthline).


Nitric oxide dilates veins and betters blood flow, so it is a good thing NAC is able to increase the production of nitric oxide, possibly reducing the risk of heart disease. NAC can thus not only lower oxidative damage to tissue in our heart, but expedite blood transit back to our heart, all lowering the risk of heart attacks (healthline).


Animal studies indicate that NAC can slow the loss of cognitive ability in people with Alzheimer’s. Cysteine supplements may also improve dopamine function and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including tremors. While more human studies must be conducted for further conclusions, much of what NAC has to offer resides in its restoration of glutathione and regulation of glutamate (healthline).


Did you know that around 15% of all couples trying to conceive are affected by infertility? In nearly half of these cases, male infertility is the main contributing factor (healthline). Oxidative stress is caused be insufficient antioxidant levels, which do not only protect against free radicals, but free radicals in the reproductive system. In some instances, NAC has improved male fertility, since it boosted antioxidant levels. The story is similar when it comes to female fertility. NAC has the potential to improve fertility in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) by inducing or augmenting the ovulation cycle (healthline).


Damage done to insulin receptors can lead to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes when we are obese or have high blood sugar. As a result of animal studies, there is some evidence pointing to NAC’s agency in decreasing fat cell inflammation, thereby ameliorating insulin resistance. When insulin receptors are intact and functioning properly, they are able to remove sugar from the blood, which shows promising effects for humans.

Do you enjoy drinking tea? GREEN tea? Fun fact: a test tube study showed that in combination with green tea, NAC seems to lessen the harm caused by oxidized LDL cholesterol—the bad kind, that is, also decreasing our chances of heart disease.


If you are interested in building out your private label with NAC, Makers Nutrition is eager to provide high quality supplement manufacturing services with an unmatchable level of customer care through the process—from start to finish. Call us, visit us online, let’s get started!


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