Lung and Immune Support
When mucus in your lungs thickens, it can become difficult to expel. Pure Encapsulations NAC has been shown to disrupt disulfide bonds, thinning mucus so that it is more easily expelled from your lungs, taking trapped particles and bacteria with it. NAC also is a precursor to glutathione, and taking supplemental NAC increases the levels of glutathione in your tissues. Glutathione is a peptide comprising the amino acids glutamine, cysteine, and glycine. In its reduced form, it serves as a powerful antioxidant in nearly every cell of your body, helping you maintain a healthy immune response. Its antioxidant properties also have been shown to help combat other ailments caused by oxidative stress – including heart disease, infertility, and some psychiatric conditions.
N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) is a derivative of the dietary amino acid l-cysteine. NAC has a high affinity for lung tissue, which it supports through mucolytic and antioxidant action. NAC also enhances glutathione production and plays a role in heavy metal detoxification.
Uses For NAC
- Immune And Respiratory System Health: When mucus thickens, it can become difficult to expel. Due to its sulfur content, NAC is able to disrupt disulfide bonds, thinning the mucus so that it is more easily expelled from the lungs, along with trapped particles and bacteria. NAC is a free radical scavenger and thus supports epithelial cell health and healthy cilia activity in the respiratory tract. NAC is also a precursor to the antioxidant glutathione, and supplemental NAC increases tissue levels of glutathione. As fundamental components of the immune system, lymphocytes rely on glutathione to function properly. Tissues enhanced with glutathione support overall antioxidant protection and help to maintain a healthy immune response. A multicenter, randomized, double-blind trial with 262 participants indicated that NAC supplementation for six months supported upper respiratory tract and immune system health. A recent meta-analysis of eight double-blind, placebo controlled trials provided additional support for NAC’s ability to support respiratory tract health.
- Supports Heavy Metal Detoxification: Several animal studies suggest that NAC administration may help to reduce mercury and cadmium accumulation in the kidneys and liver and/or to moderate the effects of the metals in those tissues. NAC may achieve these actions in part by facilitating mercury removal from tissues, promoting healthy glutathione levels, or protecting tissues from peroxidation generated by heavy metals.
What Is The Source?
Pure Encapsulations N-acetyl-l-cysteine is derived from duck feather. The vitamin C (as ascorbyl palmitate) is derived from corn dextrose fermentation and palm oil.
Pure Encapsulations recommends between 600–1,800 mg daily, in divided doses, between meals. Pure Encapsulations NAC capsules come in both 600 and 900 mg capsules.
Are There Any Potential Side Effects Or Precautions?
Rare side effects may include nausea, vomiting, headache, dry mouth, dizziness, or abdominal pain. If pregnant or lactating, consult your physician before taking this product.
Are There Any Potential Drug Interactions?
NAC may interact with nitroglycerin and metoclopramide. Consult your physician for more information.
Pure Encapsulations Frequently Asked Questions
Where does Pure Encapsulations source their ingredients?
Their ingredients are selected solely on the basis of quality and purity and are provided in their most bioavailable forms. They source premium raw materials from trusted industry leaders, including the finest suppliers from the U.S., France, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. All ingredients are tested for purity and potency by independent certified laboratories. Ingredient suppliers must meet rigorous testing and quality criteria to qualify as a Pure Encapsulations supplier.
Is everything in the capsule listed on the label?
Their supplement labels have always listed all ingredients, including the composition of the raw material. Additionally, standardizations of herbal extracts are provided to indicate primary active marker compounds. Furthermore, minerals are listed by their true elemental weights.
Do their products contain wheat, rice, gluten, dairy, fillers, etc?
Their products do not contain wheat, gluten, nuts, egg, soy, dairy, preservatives or hydrogenated oils, unless specifically noted on the label. The beta glucan in IsoProtein Plus and PureWeigh PREMEAL Beverage is gluten-free. Furthermore, their products contain no hidden coatings, excipients, binders, fillers, shellacs, artificial colors, artificial flavors or fragrance. They do not use magnesium stearate, preservatives, BHA or BHT in their products.
Are their products kosher?
Pure Encapsulations products are not certified as kosher.
What does hypo-allergenic mean?
The term hypo-allergenic is used to describe products that are free of binders, fillers, excipients, dyes and common allergens.
What is the hypo-allergenic plant fiber used to fill capsules for some products?
The hypo-allergenic plant fiber they use is a pharmaceutical grade alpha cellulose derived from purified specialty grades of wood pulp from Southern pine. Due to the nature of the raw material (wood pulp) and the manufacturing process, it does not contain alcohol, grain, corn, corn starch, sulfa, sulfites, animal products or gluten. In addition, it is free of pesiticides and heavy metals. There are no known allergens in this plant fiber.
Can their products be taken during pregnancy or lactation?
Pure Encapsulations does not make recommendations concerning the use of products during pregnancy or lactation. Some products may have known contra-indications, while the effects of others have not been studied.