There are many bio active functions of Amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein both in food form as well as in supplement form. One of these highly active Amino acids is N Acetyl Cysteine or NAC. Made in the body from its direct precursor Cysteine, NAC can be purchased over the counter in capsule and has many applications.
NAC has pronounced cardiovascular benefits, such as reducing the severity of a stroke’s aftermath. NAC prevents vaso-occlusive or vascular blockage in Sickle Cell patients, Atrial Fibrillation or irregular heartbeats in post operative patients, and helps to prevent alcohol-induced hypertension by helping to detoxify alcohol from the body. NAC is a wonderful detoxifier of many substances from the body. In fact, NAC not only detoxifies but strengthens the detoxification function of every cell in the body, particularly the Liver cells where most detoxification takes place. This is what we call “up regulating” detoxification function to levels which will protect the body from damage.
Because of NAC ability to help "clear" substances from the body, NAC prevents mitochondrial death and prevents the mutation of chromosomes in the cell. Much of this action comes from NAC's ability to act as a direct precursor to Glutathione, abbreviated as GSH. GSH is one of the most important antioxidants in the body, particularly in the lungs and liver.
NAC has been proven in peer review studies to help prevent several cancers: Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Liver Cancer, Larynx Cancer, Lung Cancer, Mouth Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer.
The research on NAC's anti viral activity has been very compelling. According to research, "administration of N-acetylcysteine during the winter appears to provide a significant attenuation of influenza and influenza-like episodes, especially in high-risk elderly individuals.