What makes the difference between the two?
As far as I can tell, when this form of the amino acid is used as a drug, it is delivered either intravenously, or in a nebulizer, but when used as a supplement it is usually taken internally in pill form.
So if you need emergency medical attention because of accidental poisoning, your doctor might well choose to use N Acetyl L Cysteine intravenously as a powerful antioxidant which will neutralize the poison and allow your body to overcome its effects.
Additionally, it might be used as a nebulizer to help thin thick mucous for certain lung diseases. But since this site deals primarily with supplements, this page will focus on ways it can be used as a supplement.
For all the details of how I first learned about this supplement, please visit the page I previously wrote on N Acetyl Cysteine. Since then my husband has used this nutrient as a supplement for almost a year, and I truly believe it has helped him beat his cancer until now. One of its most important functions is to provide...
N Acetyl L Cysteine
N-acetyl-L-Cysteine, 600 mg 60 capsules, pictured to the right, is available from Life Extension Foundation when you click on the link, or on the image.
By reducing stress caused by free radicals, and lowering inflammation, this supplement is proving very effective in improving the symptoms of this disease.
Additionally it may delay or prevent the development of emphysema, the normal end result, when used regularly with other conventional therapies for the disease, such as low dose oxygen therapy.
Another deadly disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) can also be treated with N-acetyl l cysteine (NAC).
Conventional treatments for this disease don't usually prolong life beyond three years, but when NAC is given as an inhaler, it appears it may slow down the disease's progression.
Additionally, it protects the lungs ability to work and exchange oxygen with carbon dioxide, better than conventional treatments now available.
Although regular exercise helps protect our health, it can also increase the free radical attacks our body must withstand, thereby increasing low level inflammation in the body.
However N Acetyl L Cysteine can impede this process by boosting our antioxidant (glutathione) levels, and stopping the inflammatory response before it gets started.
Additionally it has been shown to regulate glucose metabolism in similar ways, so insulin resistance doesn't develop.
Recent studies have shown that using 1,200 to 1,800 mg. a day helps improve insulin sensitivity for those who struggle with insulin resistance.
Additionally it keeps cancer cells from multiplying by stopping their ability to synthesize DNA.
It also has been shown to have protective effects on DNA in healthy cells while allowing radiation to kill cancer cells. This means it may well protect against secondary cancers caused by radiation treatments for cancer.
Not only that, but it fights the H. Pylori infection directly by impeding its ability to multiply. If you are struggling with gastritis or gastroespophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD, supplementing with 1,200 mg. daily will help you recover.
Researchers state it is especially helpful, if you're taking prescriptions to get rid of the bacteria, to take NAC at the same time.
This compound has been shown to provide multiple powerful health benefits at a very economical price. It is available from LifeExtension.com.
For generalized health benefits one N-acetyl-L-Cysteine, 600 mg capsule a day should be enough. However, it has been used safely for over forty years, so if you are facing one of the health challenges mentioned on this page, you could safely take up to 2,400 mg. a day for at least three months without any adverse health effects according to recent studies.
In fact, my husband has been taking this maximum amount for almost a year now, and has had no side effects at all from doing so. He takes one 600 mg. capsule with each meal, and at bedtime for a total of 2400 mg. a day.
Since he is currently a lung cancer patient. I'm thankful I added this supplement to his daily regimen about a month before he was diagnosed. I strongly suspect it has helped him overcome this latest health challenge.
Since it acts as such a powerful antioxidant in the body, and it is fairly economically available, give it a try if you are struggling with any of the health challenges it has been shown to help.
The quality will undoubtedly be highest from Life Extension, but it is also available more economically from Vitamin World as well.
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