The Benefits of NAC (and Why the FDA is Restricting It)
You may have already heard about the supplement NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine). It’s become extremely popular over the past few years.
NAC is used both as a prescription medication and as a supplement. It’s used in hospitals to treat acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdoses, and it’s also used to minimize mucus production in people with lung disease. As a supplement, it can protect the liver and is also a strong antioxidant for the body.
As a powerful supplement, NAC is beneficial for various parts of the body. Previous studies have found that NAC can reduce viral replication of certain viruses. Studies have also shown NAC can inhibit the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Cytokines are tiny proteins found inside the body, and they play a critical role in immune system function and blood cells. Cytokines control the activity and growth of not only immune system cells, but also blood cells. Once they’re released in the body, the presence of cytokines indicates the immune system is functioning properly.
NAC can also be beneficial to the brain. For example, it can stop negative thoughts and obsessive compulsive behaviors. It can even reduce cravings for those trying to quit smoking, come off medication, and more.
Currently the FDA is moving to ban NAC as a supplement and make it available by prescription only. It’s being used in clinical trials as a drug used to treat COVID-19. When a person becomes infected with COVID-19, white blood cells called lymphocytes are an important component of the body’s defense system. As lymphocytes decrease, the infection becomes worse. NAC has been proven to increase the number of lymphocytes in the blood.
NAC provides a variety of benefits that support the liver, lungs, brain, and immune system. Do you want to supply your body’s many systems? Stock up on NAC today before it’s only available by prescription!
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