Have you heard about the benefits of N-acetylcysteine (NAC)?
This incredible dietary supplement that has been shown to have a variety of potential health benefits, including support for immunity and brain health.
We'll focus on brain benefits here because we felt it was a necessary ingredient in our potent brain formula: Oracle.
Reducing free radical damage:
NAC is a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce oxidative stress in the body.
Oxidative stress is a process in which cells are damaged by harmful molecules called free radicals.
Free radicals are formed as a result of normal metabolic processes in the body, as well as through exposure to environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, and tobacco smoke. They can also be formed during times of stress, physical exertion, or illness.
When free radicals react with cell membranes or DNA, they can cause damage and contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
In the brain specifically, they can cause inflammation and cell death, leading to a variety of problems. By reducing oxidative stress, NAC may help to protect against brain damage and preserve brain function.
Improves mood and anxiety:
Some research suggests that NAC may have antidepressant and anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects.
One study found that NAC improved symptoms of depression and anxiety in people with bipolar disorder, while another study found that NAC improved mood in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
One possible cause for this is through its effects on glutamate, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood regulation. NAC may help to regulate the levels of glutamate in the brain, which may in turn help to improve mood and reduce anxiety.
Additionally, NAC may have anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation has been linked to the development of depression and other mental health conditions, and reducing inflammation may help to improve mood and overall well-being.
Protects against brain injury:
NAC has been shown to have neuroprotective effects, meaning that it may help to protect the brain from damage by neutralizing oxidative stress.
One study found that NAC reduced brain damage and improved outcomes in people with traumatic brain injury, while another study found that NAC reduced brain swelling and improved outcomes in people with stroke.
Enhances cognitive function:
NAC has also been shown to improve cognitive function in a variety of populations. One study found that NAC improved memory and learning in people with Alzheimer's disease, while another study found that NAC improved verbal fluency in healthy older adults.
NAC is a precursor to the neurotransmitter glutamate, which is involved in learning and memory.
While more research is still needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind these effects, NAC may be a useful supplement for those looking to support their brain health and function.
NAC is just one of the many incredible ingredients we've add to Oracle. I hope you'll give it a try and feel it for yourself!
**As always, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen.