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N-acetyl-L-cysteine: N-acetyl-L-cysteine is a modified form of cysteine, one of a number of nonessential amino acids, which make up the foundation and structure of protein in the body and have many important functions. N-acetyl-L-cysteine is available in supplements, such as tablets, sprays, and liquids, and capsules.
Adequate amounts of N-acetyl-L-cysteine are claimed to be potentially beneficial for:
Adequate amounts of N-acetyl-L-cysteine are claimed to be potentially preventative for:
Excessive intake of N-acetyl-L-cysteine may involve the following risks:
N-acetyl-L-cysteine: A synthetic or naturally-occurring amino acid related to L-cysteine, a precursor of the antioxidant enzyme glutathione. Acetylcysteine regenerates liver stores of glutathione. This agent also reduces disulfide bonds in mucoproteins, resulting in liquification of mucus. Some evidence suggests that acetylcysteine may exert an anti-apoptotic effect due to its antioxidant activity. (NCI04)
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Other names for this supplements (N-acetyl-L-cysteine) include:
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