N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)  – The treatment for everything?

I don’t delve into amino acids too much, but N-Acetylcysteine, also known as “NAC” is a modified version of L cysteine that has overwhelming clinical proof of its effectiveness in so many health issues, disorders, and even injury, that it is almost unbelievable, even for me.

NAC, is something that I’ve always maintained a bulk quantity of in my lab, but rarely incorporated it into many treatments, because I hate making capsules, so it’s something I typically only took for myself, or gave to some of my patients to use as a drink, in combination with citric acid, sodium bicarbonate and calcium ascorbate.

I spent a bit of time over the past few days going through some of the 16,000+ clinical trials, clinical reports, meta-analysis and so on, on all of the different benefits of NAC, and it’s really overwhelming, but what has me taking this so seriously all of a sudden, is the fact that many of these clinical trials and studies are being completed by, and published in, journals that would have a bias against something that is an adopted substance with in the natural health and living community.

The only negative writings I could find about it, and I have gone through hundreds of studies, are a couple who indicate that there was no benefit for a single or very specific health issue.  No reports of adverse events, side effects, dangers…  Etc. almost every one of them showed benefit, and many of them spoke of dramatic benefits.

Some of the health issues that were identified, in clinical trials, to be benefited by NAC include:

  • COPD and Pulmonary Function
  • Inflammation in General
  • Huge Antioxidant Capabilities
  • Protection from Oxidative Stress
  • Pain Management
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Aluminum Toxicity When Combined with Selenium
  • Arterial Blood Clots
  • Protective Effects for the Ganglion Neurons
  • Toxicity Induced Hepatitis and Liver Failure
  • Overall Cardiovascular Health
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Intracranial Inflammation/Pressure
  • Halting End-Stage Renal Failure
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • H. pylori Induced Gastritis
  • Reversing Selenite Induced Cataracts
  • Behavioral Issues Due to Neurodegeneration and Cognitive Stress
  • And the List Just Goes on and on and on.

This is only the first page and a half of clinical studies, and here’s a link to show you exact studies that you can go through them for yourself.  I have chosen to make sure that NAC was included in the title of the trials and reports, shrinking the list from 16,500, down to just over 3000.  But, just have a look at who are doing the studies, and what medical journals they are being published in.  That is when this becomes even more impressive.

And this is why I really feel that I need to run it through its paces, and see what it really can do, so you can expect some future reporting from me on the benefits or fallacies surrounding N-Acetylcysteine.

*** NOTE:  N-Acetylcysteine is best to be taken with small amounts of vitamin C and/or selenium, as they increase the function of NAC.

Tim is a Homeopath, clinical kinesiologist, master herbalist and holistic nutritionist with over 20 years experience.Specializing in cellular nutrition and biochemics to provoke the body to heal itself. Most known for facial analysis and the ability to determine mineral deficiencies and health issues according to signs in the human face.