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NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)-Heart, Bladder, Chemobrain, Kidney

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As odd as this may sound, I am a Multiple Myeloma (MM) survivor with long-term and late stage side effects that will probably kill me before my incurable blood cancer will. I spend more time and effort managing my therapy-induced side effects than I do my blood cancer.

To be specific, NAC helps me manage my:

  • chemotherapy-induced Cardiomyopathy (heart),
  • hemorrhagic cystitis (irritable bladder),
  • chemotherapy-induced cerebral dysfunction (chemobrain)

Please don’t misunderstand me. MM is about as serious a cancer as they come. I’m simply saying is that my blood cancer is currently in remission and that allows me to focus on my other long-term side effects. And fortunately, many of the evidence-based, non-toxic therapies that help me manage MM also help me manage my long-term side effects.

NAC or N-Acetyl Cysteine is a great example of what I’m talking about. According to the article posted below, NAC helps me manage my heart, brain, bladder damage all at the same time.

NAC is an anti-oxidant in the same way that:

  • Curcumin
  • Resveratrol
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Green Tea Extract

are all anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant nutritional supplements.

To learn about evidence-based but non-toxic therapies to manage short, long-term and late stage side effects send me an email at David.PeopleBeatingCancer@gmail.com.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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NAC BENEFITS: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT N-ACETYL CYSTEINE

“Also called N-acetyl-l-cysteine, NAC is the supplement version of an essential amino acid called cysteine. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Cysteine is one of three amino acids (along with glycine and glutamine) that make up glutathione, an important super-antioxidant found in nearly all of your body’s cells.

In this way, NAC helps your body produce glutathione. And that’s kind of a big deal.

Glutathione is known as the “master antioxidant” because of its prevalence throughout the body and ability to support other antioxidants. The problem is that glutathione tends to decline with age. It can also be reduced by factors like bad nutrition, stress and environmental toxins…”

N-acetylcysteine in the prevention of cyclophosphamide induced haemorrhagic cystitis

“Cyclophosphamide, an alkylating agent used in the chemotherapeutic treatment of neoplasias, is metabolized into active substances capable of damaging the urothelium when in contact with some enzymes. Amongst several alternative proposals for the treatment and prevention of hemorrhagic cystitis induced by cyclophosphamide the use of a mucolytic agent, N-acetylcysteine is found.

An experimental study performed in rats proved the efficacy of the drug in the prevention of hemorrhagic cystitis.

Bladder protection was achieved in 33% of the animals with preventive treatment with N-acetylcysteine instead of 60% in the group which did not receive the drug.”

Potential role of N-acetylcysteine in cardiovascular disorders

“Cardiovascular disorders are a common cause of mortality around the world. The role of antioxidants is controversial in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of cardiovascular events…

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is an antioxidant that is believed to have an adjunctive beneficial effect in different medical conditions. We investigated all of the cardiovascular disorders for which NAC was administered in order to find its possible advantageous impact…

After a complete literature review, we arranged the data collected on this subject and suggested some aspects for further research…”

Top 9 Benefits of NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)

Cysteine is a semi-essential amino acid.

It’s considered semi-essential because your body can produce it from other amino acids, namely methionine and serine. It becomes essential only when the dietary intake of methionine and serine is low.

Cysteine is found in most high-protein foods, such as chicken, turkey, yogurt, cheese, eggs, sunflower seeds and legumes.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a supplement form of cysteine.

Consuming adequate cysteine and NAC is important for a variety of health reasons — including replenishing the most powerful antioxidant in your body, glutathione. These amino acids also help with chronic respiratory conditions, fertility and brain health.

Here are the top 9 health benefits of NAC.

“Cysteine is found in most high-protein foods, such as chicken, turkey, yogurt, cheese, eggs, sunflower seeds and legumes.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a supplement form of cysteine.

Consuming adequate cysteine and NAC is important for a variety of health reasons — including replenishing the most powerful antioxidant in your body, glutathione. These amino acids also help with chronic respiratory conditions, fertility and brain health..

Essential for Making the Powerful Antioxidant Glutathione

2. Helps With Detoxification to Prevent or Diminish Kidney and Liver Damage

3. May Improve Psychiatric Disorders and Addictive Behavior

4. Helps Relieve Symptoms of Respiratory Conditions

5. Boosts Brain Health by Regulating Glutamate and Replenishing Glutathione

6. May Improve Fertility in Both Men and Women

7. May Stabilize Blood Sugar By Decreasing Inflammation in Fat Cells

8. May Reduce Heart Disease Risk by Preventing Oxidative Damage

9. Ability to Boost Glutathione Levels May Improve Immune Function

Dosage-NAC has low bioavailability as an oral supplement, meaning that it’s not well absorbed. The accepted daily supplement recommendation is 600–1,800 mg of NAC (44Trusted Source, 45Trusted Source)…”

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