N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) – promising anti-ageing and ‘willpower’ research. Recently in the news following an anti-ageing research project at Durham University, NAC is in considerable demand. Numerous studies suggest NAC is appropriate for supplementation in the area of ‘willpower’ support.
NAC is a precursor to the amino acid cysteine, which ultimately plays two key metabolic roles. Through its metabolic contribution to glutathione production, cysteine participates in the general antioxidant activities of the body. Through its role as a modulator of the glutamatergic system, cysteine influences the reward-reinforcement pathway. In this way NAC may well offer promise in issues such as OCD hair pulling and nail biting and possibly more prevalent addictive behaviours.
NAC+ Veg Caps from Viridian Nutrition offers a combination of NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), Chromium, L-Glutamine and Cinnamon. The accessory elements in this formula – Chromium, L-Glutamine and Cinnamon – offer supportive actions to NAC. Chromium and Cinnamon have applications in blood-sugar balance. Obsessional cravings are reduced when the irregular highs and lows of sugar imbalance are alleviated. Glutamine is one of the three amino acids involved in glutathione synthesis. Glutathione, an important intracellular antioxidant and hepatic detoxifier, is comprised of glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine. Initial studies have shown that glutamine supplementation reduces alcohol intake, a finding that has been confirmed in double-blind human research. Glutamine crosses the blood /brain barrier readily and is converted into Glutamic acid in the brain.
Each 5ml teaspoon provides approx:
Organic pumpkin seed oil 100%
Linoleic acid (Omega 6) 1895mg
Alpha linolenic acid (Omega 3) 5mg
2 – 4 caps