If you’ve ever opened the fridge at 10 p.m. looking for that sweet treat, you’ve probably asked yourself, maybe even out loud, ” Why do I crave sugar? ” And because it’s a common side effect of digestive and hormonal dysfunction (more on that later), it’s a question I regularly get asked by clients. I remember it all too well when I was struggling with gut health issues and an incessant need to eat another brownie. As always, I’ve left the old wives tales and myths about sugar behind to focus on the latest science so you know exactly what’s going on in your body and why sugar cravings are driving you crazy.
Although not so well known, N-acetylcysteine – or NAC for short – is a natural compound that I LOVE and use regularly in my practice.
NAC is a slightly modified version of the sulfur-containing amino acid cysteine. When taken internally, NAC replenishes intracellular levels of the natural antioxidant glutathione (GSH), helping to restore cells’ ability to fight damage from reactive oxygen species (ROS).
NAC has been used in conventional medicine for more than 30 years, primarily to manage conditions such as cystic fibrosis, in which mucous is abnormally thick and tenacious – NAC acts to break down mucous. Beyond this particular application, NAC has remained a relatively obscure and poorly understood compound until quite recently. Scientists all over the world are now beginning to understand the potential role of NAC as a frontline defence against many of today’s most pressing health concerns. Read more