Have you ever heard about NAC and its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action?

NAC
Have you ever heard about NAC and its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action?

 

The cold is approaching and with it the famous respiratory problems. Personally, due to Lupus, I have a high sensitivity in the respiratory system and the liver. Almost every winter, I develop a lung infection. This year my concern is even more significant due to the different Covid-19 variants.

 

Anyone can develop inflammatory conditions, but inflammation is usually generalized and chronic in patients with Lupus and other autoimmune diseases. Knowing this, one of the recommendations most doctors share is supplementation with NAC – N-acetylcysteine.

 

NAC has demonstrated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals.  It is commonly found in allium vegetables, namely onion, and garlic.

 

NAC promotes optimal detoxification and has an insulin-sensitizing effect, which reduces the risk of insulin sensitivity and metabolic syndrome. In addition to its potent antioxidant activity, NAC is an anti-inflammatory compound that has been shown to reduce cytokines and other markers of inflammation.

 

NAC supplementation has been shown to benefit brain and lung health, but its applications beyond that are extensive and diverse. Every cell in the human body is vulnerable to potential free radical damage, so it makes sense that NAC has such vast and varied clinical applications.

 

Perhaps most intriguing is NAC’s role in neurotransmitter regulation, specifically dopamine and glutamate, related to psychiatric disorders such as addiction, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and schizophrenia.

 

Furthermore, NAC can also modulate key neurotransmitters, helping to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

 

Inflammation and ROS-related damage can occur in nearly every organ of the body, including the lungs. NAC has been shown to protect and nourish lung tissue in cases of chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis (CF), and pneumonia. That is mainly the reason why it is part of my supplement program.

 

But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently adopted a position prohibiting supplement manufacturers from marketing N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) products as dietary supplements. So, you must consult your doctor about this potent antioxidant, and he will consider to prescript depending on your clinical case.

 

I suggest that you make an appointment with a naturopathic doctor to discuss a complete supplement program that fits your individual needs, especially if you also have an autoimmune disease.

 

Anyway, the bottom line is that cellular damage caused by free radical assaults can lead to poor health and eventual illness, and NAC is a unique nutrient that influences health on a deep cellular level.

 

By combating free radicals, reducing inflammation, and regulating neurotransmitter function, NAC provides valuable health benefits to the brain, detoxification, heart, lungs, and other functions within the human body. So, it is important to consider this substance as part of your diet. Talk to your doctor, and be well.

 

You can also help raise awareness about Lupus! On October 16th it will happen the Virtual Walk to End Lupus Now. You can know more about the event here!

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