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Cysteine

Also known as: L-Cysteine

Building block of the antioxidant glutathione, the human body's most important antioxidant that protects DNA from chemical damage, supports the immune system, and keep arteries and airways open.


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What Is It?

Cysteine is an amino acid used throughout the body in the synthesis of proteins. When consumed as a supplement, it is usually in the form of N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), due to its improved bioavailability of the free from L-Cysteine variation. Post ingestion, the body converts NAC into cysteine and then into glutathione, a powerful antioxidant.

What Does It Do?

NAC is converted to glutathione which acts as a powerful antioxidants in the body that helps fight free radicals. These harmful compounds occur as a result of oxidative stress (sometimes from exercise) that damage cell membranes and DNA. Proliferation of free radicals is associated with increased aging, and a number of other health problems, including chronic inflammation, heart disease and cancer.

NAC hsa been used to treat a number of medical conditions as well including respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder).

Benefits of NAC

NAC has found use in a variety of applications aside from reducing inflammation and the spread of free radicals including:

  • Reducing symptoms of asthma, cystic fibrosis, and emphysema
  • Liver protectant
  • Help treat mental disorders such as schizophrenia
  • Lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels
  • Regulate blood sugar levels

How Much?

To maximize its potential as an antioxidant and support general health, aim to consume 500mg daily to start.

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