N-Acetyl Cysteine, or NAC, has gained popularity recently due to its wide range of benefits, from immune support to anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. NAC, the supplement form of the amino acid cysteine, is found in poultry, eggs, and beef and is crucial for various bodily functions.
When NAC breaks down, it transforms into a powerful antioxidant, glutathione. Glutathione plays a huge role in keeping our immune system functioning properly. This enables NAC to bind to heavy metals and neutralize free radicals, therefore reducing oxidative stress and aiding detoxification. Research has shown its effectiveness in preventing liver damage, especially in cases of fatty liver disease, and it is commonly used as a safe treatment for acetaminophen overdose.
Furthermore, NAC contributes to lung health by thinning mucus, facilitating the clearance of airways, and improving respiratory health. These mucolytic properties of NAC have been shown to treat asthma and COPD related symptoms.
While glutathione aids in reducing inflammation and oxidative damage in brain cells, NAC has the potential to mitigate age-related conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. This implies that implementing NAC can enhance brain function, elevate mood, and potentially combat mood disorders and age-related diseases.
NAC has also shown promise in aiding in the gym by alleviating exercise-induced stress and minimizing muscle cell damage, resulting in improved recovery and enhanced force output. Studies have indicated that the use of NAC can significantly increase force output by 15% in exercising participants, indicating that its anti-inflammatory properties may delay muscle fatigue.
Although human research is still evolving, there is substantial evidence suggesting the antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of NAC and glutathione are beneficial for all bodily functions, including boosting immunity, eliminating toxins and free radicals, and improving mood and energy.
In the midst of the cold and flu season, incorporating NAC into your routine can be particularly beneficial. Not only does NAC support overall immune health, but it also has the potential to decrease viral replication, providing an additional layer of defense against common illnesses during this time of year.
For an extra boost to immunity and detox, we recommend taking one scoop (600mg) of NAC once a day.
If you are exposed to illness or become ill yourself, we recommend consuming up to 4 times (2400mg) daily mixed into your beverage of choice until symptoms subside.
Strengthen your immune system with this revitalizing Immunity Tea Recipe:
- Brew 8 oz hot water
- Add 1 tsp honey
- Squeeze 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Include 1 scoop Driven NAC
Mix and enjoy the goodness!
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