I was first Introduced to NAC over a year ago when I met with my Kinesiologist. I've known her for a couple of years and I like to meet to discuss and test whether the bucket load of supplements i'm taking are compatible with my body and doing me any good. A very enjoyable and worthwhile appointment with an extremely knowledgeable woman. I now have a personalised list of supplements, how many to take and what time of day to take them.
At our consultation meeting, I completed the questionnaire about my family medical history, overall health, supplements and daily food, drink and exercise habits. One of the questions was ‘how many units of alcohol do you drink a week?’, to which i replied 'about 8'.
So during our testing session she asked me if I take NAC. I hadn’t even heard of it! She basically was asking as I said I drink about 8 units of alcohol weekly and NAC is the best supplement to help protect the body from toxins.....who knew? Take one before a night out and one before you go to bed and detox while you sleep!!
NAC is a supplement that has been well-researched, and the perks are proven.
NAC stands for N-Acetyl-Cysteine and is a form of the essential amino acid cysteine. Your body uses cysteine to produce an insanely important antioxidant called glutathione (GSH), also known as GSH. It's NAC's ability to bolster your body's production of GSH that's the source of this supplement's real superpowers. NAC has been shown to increase blood levels of GSH, and therefore, bolsters all the benefits that come with its antioxidant prowess.
A little bit of science: NAC regulates gene expression that affects the process of inflammation. Specifically, it stops the expression of cytokines, which cause inflammation, while also hindering NF-kappa B, and controls COX-2 -- another pro-inflammation chemical. By regulating and even suppressing inflammation in your body, NAC can help assuage many diseases and conditions that have inflammation at their root. And that's a lot. Like, hundreds. But we'll stick to discussing the big ones
NAC Helps Detoxification
NAC protects your body from toxins. It has a favourable content of sulfhydryl groups, which bind to toxins like mercury, lead, cadmium, herbicides, environmental pollutants, as well as microbes such as carbon tetrachloride, aflatoxin and E.coli. What's more, it can even bind to acetaminophen to aid in preventing liver damage due to acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdose or poisoning. In fact, in general it's been shown to be a major boon to liver health, not only protecting liver cells, but healing damaged cells.
NAC Supports Weight Loss
By improving insulin resistance, NAC supports metabolic health, which can result in weight loss, while also improving conditions like hypoglycemia and diabetes.
NAC Increases Athletic Performance
Through reducing inflammation caused by training, studies have shown that NAC can help people bounce back faster after workouts, and perform better during their workouts.
NAC Supports Heart Health
NAC can stop bad cholesterol (i.e. LDL-cholesterol) from oxidising and causing inflamed blood vessels. It's also been shown to lower homocysteine levels, which ultimately prevents plaque build-up in arteries.
NAC Helps Mental Health
GSH has been shown to help treat various psychological and mental conditions, including autism and Alzheimer's disease, as well as anxiety disorders like obsessive compulsive disorder. Supplementing can be used as an effective strategy to help people with these conditions better cope.
Studies also suggest that NAC can be particularly effective when it comes to treating addiction to drugs including cocaine, nicotine and alcohol, and could be successfully used in addition to a detox program.
NAC Supports Gut Health
Because NAC has been shown to be able to deactivate H.Pylori -- a bacteria that can cause ulcers, reflux disorders, gastritis and even some types of gastrointestinal cancers, many healthcare professionals have recommended adding NAC to treating H.Pylori infections that are resistant to antibiotics.
What's more, NAC can help reduce inflammation in the kidney due to kidney disease, and therefore help alleviate conditions.
Pretty amazing, right? And these are only some of the perks of taking NAC. It can also improve respiratory health, and even fight back the hands of time thanks to its skin beautifying antioxidants.
NAC definitely pulls its weight in the world of supplements and ranks as one of MyKetoBod's top must-haves.
How much NAC should you take?
NAC has an incredibly safe track-record, but before you start taking any supplement, first talk to your health care professional. If you’re given the green light and are not given an exact dosage by your doctor or other professional, it’s good to start at 600mg, and work your up to as much as 3000mg daily. Take with vitamin C and megahydrates for optimal absorption.
Dislcaimer: We’re not doctors. We have summarised key messages for an easy read and are firm believers ketones are the only fuel we need for our bodies to glow and excel inflammation free!
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