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