N-acetyl cysteine is an amino acid that is produced from other amino acids (methionine and serine), within the body. A supplement for N-acetyl cysteine is necessary when production of methionine and serine is very low. N-acetyl cysteine can be found in yogurt, poultry, cheese and eggs, as well as some leafy greens. N-acetyl cysteine helps to top up antioxidant levels in the body, which helps with brain health, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and fertility.
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All you need to know about N-Acetyl Cysteine
What are the benefits of N-acetyl cysteine?
N-acetyl cysteine is essential for the immune system because of its ability to fight damage to cells. It has an important role in the body's detoxification process, and can help with conditions associated with kidney or liver damage, as well as respiratory conditions. Studies have also suggested that N-acetyl cysteine is effective at treating psychological disorders and patterns of addiction. It has also been suggested that it can be an effective treatment in slowing down brain deterioration in people with Alzheimer's.
Can I take N-acetyl cysteine daily?
Because it is not considered an essential nutrient, there isn't a daily recommended allowance for N-acetyl cysteine. If you are recommended to take it, it will be administered by a doctor. It is also commonly used in hospitals. You shouldn't try taking N-acetyl cysteine until you have spoken to your doctor.
What are the side effects of N-acetyl cysteine?
Although it is usually safe for most adults, in some cases N-acetyl cysteine can cause side effects including feeling sick and vomiting, and gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhoea and constipation. On the skin, it can cause rashes. Fever, feeling drowsy, headaches, liver problems and low blood pressure are other reported complaints.
When should I take N-acetyl cysteine?
Generally speaking, it is recommended that N-acetyl cysteine is taken before eating your first meal of the day (before breakfast), at least half an hour before eating. This is because some amino acid supplements are known to cause sleep problems, so it is better to take them during the day.