Health Benefits of N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)
If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients of S’moo you’ve probably seen the word N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) but what the heck is that? Well, I’m going to tell you because it’s super important that you know what’s going into your body and also why your body wants it!
There is nothing more important to us at S’moo than for you to get the facts, self heal and get your hormones balanced, so listen up!
What is N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)?
More and more studies are being made surrounding N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) and how it benefits our bodies. It’s a supplement for Cysteine, an amino acid. Cysteine is important for the production of glutathione. Your body uses amino acids to make proteins to help your body break down food, they are also used as a source of energy by your body.
Benefits from N-Acetylcysteine (NAC):
PCOS? You've heard of that! It's the reason why S’moo was originally created!!! S’moo helps all women, with a ton of different symptoms but it was originally created around helping women with PCOS. Which is why this ingredient is in S'moo. NAC has been used in several studies, testing how it can benefit women with PCOS. In one trial, women were given 600mg NAC, 3 times a day and it significantly reduced menstrual irregularities, free testosterone and hirsutism
Studies with women who were diagnosed with PCOS taking NAC found it helped with the following:
- Pregnancy and ovulation rates increased
- Menstrual Irregularities decreased
- Total and LDL cholesterol decrease
- Fasting insulin (better blood sugar balance)
- Body Mass Index (BMI) decrease
- Hirsutism decrease (less hair on face, chest, abdomen)
Your body needs NAC to make intracellular glutathione, which is your body's antioxidant. These antioxidants detoxify your body, protect your cells and are vital for your liver health.
NAC's ability to support antioxidants means it can help with fertility in both men and women. This is because antioxidants help protect both your eggs and your significant-other's sperm.
If you’re going through Intrauterine Insemination (the fertility treatment that involves placing sperm into your uterus), NAC can help. Based on a controlled case study of women struggling with unexplained infertility, going through Intrauterine Insemination, they found that women given 1,200 mg NAC had a higher number of follicles and a higher pregnancy rate.
NAC supports a heathy microbiome! The microbiome is the genetic material of all the microbes - bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses. There are a few microbiomes like oral, respiratory tract, and gut. NAC has been shown to decrease inflammation in gum tissue. It reduces respiratory symptoms in chronic lung disease (though it doesn’t help people suffering from asthma). It also helps your gut health, when combined with different antibiotics it can eradicate unhealthy levels of bacteria in your gut.
Your immune functions may also be enhanced from NAC by increasing Glutathione and modulating inflammation. A study done on women’s immune health going through post-menopause had the following result from 600mg/day of NAC:
“The present finding suggest that a short period of NAC supply (i.e., 2-4 months) at the dose used may lead to prolonged strengthening of immune defense in postmenopausal women, likely by increasing the leukocyte glutathione pool. Thus, NAC could contribute to maintenance of good health and quality of life in postmenopausal women by decreasing the probability of immune system-related diseases, such as infections, in aging.” Source
NAC can reduce inflammation and have positive outcomes for those suffering from an autoimmune disease. Many autoimmune diseases (e.g. Hashimoto’s, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.) stem from inflammation in the body. Besides using the supplement NAC, you can also find ways to reduce inflammation through eating vegetables, reducing refined sugar and limiting your intake of vegetable oil.
NAC even can regulate your moods and studies have show it can reduce depressive symptoms and bring back an increase in everyday functionality.
The list goes on! From brain health to gut health, from PCOS to depression, the list of benefits for NAC just keeps going. It’s a supplement to remember.
Keep in mind that NAC isn’t a fast acting supplement per-say, NAC normally needs to be taken for at least 3 months for you to experience the benefits. Remember that anytime you’re changing your diet, or adding a supplement, it takes time for your body to find that balance.
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