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
“There’s a very strong link between quality of diet and the risk of common mental disorders like depression and anxiety,” Felice Jacka, associate professor, psychiatric epidemiologist and director of the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University told HuffPost Australia. Jacka goes on to state that “Depression is very common and extremely disabling. The way diets across the globe have changed over the last 20 or 30 years is profound and very much for the worse. That has had a major impact on the health of the world.”