We are constantly on the lookout for supplements that support the body’s innate functions. Although food is the best medicine, it is a challenge to get all the nutrients you need through that mechanism, hence supplementation. In today’s article, we will discuss the benefits of NAC and how it can support your cardiovascular health.
What is NAC?
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is the supplement form of the semi-essential amino acid, cysteine. We can find cysteine in many high-protein foods (chicken, turkey, eggs, meats, etc.) and the body can make it from the amino acids methionine and serine (its ability to be made in the body places it in the “semi-essential” category).
How does NAC work?
Research shows NAC’s major contribution to health is its role in the production of glutathione (possibly the body’s most important antioxidant) and its liver protective properties. By addressing destructive free radicals and reducing oxidative stress, NAC’s impact supports anti-inflammatory properties, promotes detoxification, may improve mood and help prevent certain types of cancer.
The Cholesterol Connection
Hands down, this supplement can be beneficial to people with high cholesterol. Here’s why: the liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body with over 500 functions. It impacts immune function, hormone conjugation, detoxification, digestion, and the production of cholesterol.
Cholesterol is vital to EVERY CELL in the body. It is a key component to our cell membranes and involved in numerous biochemical processes, but balance is key. Overproduction of cholesterol can be a concern. The question is, why would that be happening? If we have compromised liver function, inflammation can occur, which can disrupt any of the 500 functions. By supporting glutathione production (NAC), you are reducing free radicals, oxidative stress, and therefore reducing inflammation. When all this is happening, immune function will improve, digestion will improve, etc.. A liver that is not overburdened can do its jobs more efficiently and clear cholesterol efficiently. This means overall better health.
We have two great options for NAC supplementation:
- NAC RENEW by Nutri-West provides a 750mg does in 1 tablet
- N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) by DaVinci Labs provides a 500mg dose in one capsule
There are very few side effects associated with NAC supplementation. If you are taking pharmaceuticals or have any medical conditions, always talk with your doctor, or one of our health coaches, to see if this is right for you.
Remember, we are the sum of our parts. Disease can simply be the downstream effect of dysfunction and/or deficiency. Once we find the origin of dysfunction, we can address it, and hopefully reverse it.
If you would like to improve your health, start with your food, your activity level, and your mindset. You have the power to heal yourself, and we are happy to help you do that. Contact one of our health coaches today for a free consultation and get the support you need to get started.