NAC (N-acetylcysteine) and Essential Oils for Supporting Emotional Health in a More Holistic Way: Part I
In my latest article, I begin my discussion on NAC. It earned its claim to fame for its effectiveness in remediating the toxic effects on the liver from an acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdose. This is through its well-known capacity to restore the “master” antioxidant, glutathione (GSH).
Yet, this supplement is more than just an esteemed antioxidant and cellular protector. What recently caught my attention on this beloved precursor to the most prized free radical scavenger, GSH, was the latest research on its use in psychiatric disorders.
How the heck can an antioxidant aid mental health?
What does this have to do with essential oils and holistic modalities for the brain?
In this ten-minute video, we start to explore these answers!
Watch and learn:
- The definition of NAC.
- A non-geeky chemical review of oxidative stress, free radicals, and why antioxidants are vital for health.
- NAC’s main mechanism of action in “detox.”
- Research using NAC in clinical trials for resistant and extreme mental health issues, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia.
- The implications of having something with promising efficacy and a low toxicity profile in this highly stigmatized population.
- Why treating mental health issues is more than balancing emotions and cannot be accomplished by a single agent.
- The place for essential oils for emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being in an integrative brain protocol.
- Why I believe that many studies on antioxidants and supplements are confusing, conflicting, and biased.
- The importance of biochemical uniqueness and treating the individual with any therapeutic modality.
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This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.