NAC, or N-Acetyl L-Cysteine is the supplement form of the amino acid L-Cysteine - and precursor to Glutathione, one of the most powerful and important antioxidants in the body.
WHY TAKE IT?
Cysteine is a semi-essential amino acid, since the body can make it with the right ingredients - but there are a large number of potential benefits that can be obtained by supplementing NAC…and it has become probably the most popular anti-aging supplement, due to its ability to replenish Glutathione.
POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF NAC:
Studies have suggested benefits from NAC such as:
Provides the building blocks for Glutathione
May protect the liver, gut, lungs, brain, and other organs
Can reduce mucous (helpful for breathing issues)
Has been shown to help with the Flu
Protects against some environmental toxins
May help with some mental health issues
May improve fertility
May boost the immune system
Can help Anti-Aging
CAN I JUST TAKE GLUTATHIONE?
Glutathione appears to be extremely important for health - however, supplements are of limited value, since Glutathione degrades extremely quickly and easily when exposed to the atmosphere, and even room temperature.
Supplement companies did figure out a way to stabilise it, by making a special Liposomal version, which directly enters the cells in your body due to bypassing the normal system - however, there are concerns, since the body cannot regulate the levels, and toxic levels could build up unchecked - and it can be costly.
WHEN TO TAKE?
NAC has the best uptake on an empty stomach - but most people get heartburn and indigestion, so it is generally recommended to have it with, or just after a meal.
If you haven’t taken NAC before, start with a single capsule per day, and take on alternative days for the first week or two. Some people experience various symptoms initially… often due to “detox”.
The capsules we use are made from Pullulan, which is synthesised from tapioca - it is completely inert in the human body, and non-allergenic. Pullulan is superior to the more common HPMC vegetarian capsules, or gelatine ones, and is highly resistant to oxygen (keeping the product inside fresher).Unlike tablets, capsules don’t require multiple binding agents, flow agents, coatings, and preservatives - so you get fewer ingredients.