N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is the supplement form of the amino acid cysteine. It has been on the market for over 30 years, safe to use and can protect against a number of health concerns.
What we are interested in is that NAC helps facilitate essential biological functions by bonding with two other amino acids. Namely glutamine and glycine, and this is to create glutathione.
Glutathione is the powerful antioxidant that plays a key role in keeping our immune system in check. Furthermore, glutathione is essential when it comes to skin lightening. Read more about the role of glutathione in the skin lightening process.
What does N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) do?
N-acetylcysteine (NAC) provides acetylated cysteine. It is different to normal cysteine. If you consume normal cysteine, it will not do the same thing. The N-Acetyl group allows the absorption of cysteine. It also protects cysteine from being destroyed in the stomach acid – in other words it enhances its absorption. Cysteine is the number one amino acid for the production of your Glutathione. If you do not have sufficient cysteine in your body then your ability to make glutathione will not happen.
In a nutshell N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is effective in increasing your glutathione levels. It is an inexpensive way to boost glutathione levels, however it is one compound out of many that is used to produce glutathione.
It’s important to note that NAC requires all other levels of magnesium, glycine, glutamate etc. to be at their healthy peak in order for NAC to make the Glutathione. Supplementing NAC alone, in order to increase glutathione will not give you the same benefits of taking glutathione. If you have genetic variations in the genes the increased NAC will not increase glutathione levels. Whereas supplementing glutathione directly bypasses the genetic variations.
Other benefits of N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
- Some people use it as a supplement to protect their liver. There is evidence it can help prevent kidney damage caused by some drugs.
- It is used to treat respiratory conditions like bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Claims have been made that it can protect against psychiatric disorders
- Also useful in the treatment of diabetes, certain cancers, liver disease and more!
In conclusion, taking Glutathione supplements will produce the skin lightening results required. NAC will boost the Glutathione supplements.