This is the second video in my series on NAC (N-acetylcysteine). In the first video, I reviewed it’s role in protecting the body from the excessive oxidative stress caused by “hungry” free radicals. As a precursor to the “master antioxidant” glutathione, this cellular defender and liver savior is most well-known for reversing the toxic effects of acetaminophen overdose. Yet, it also has many other uses.
NAC has been shown to support respiratory, reproductive, immune, and emotional health. What recently intrigued me the most is its use for psychiatric disorders.
In this 20-minute video, I discuss NAC’s applications for brain health and mental illness.
- The many applications of this amazing antioxidant.
- The additional health benefits received from the use of a natural, low cost intervention that also has a high safety profile.
- The current state of mental health and how supplements can be an adjunct to conventional treatments.
- The three ways NAC impacts the brain and the attributes of more than one mechanism for mental health.
- The clinical efficacy of NAC in human studies and a review of some strengths and limitations to these trials.
- The importance of individualizing any intervention and an example with NAC and schizophrenia.
- A clinical pearl I learned about using NAC for PANDAs.
- Safety considerations with NAC use including sulfur utilization issues, genetic variations (SNPs), and other disorders of sulfur metabolism. (Along with a plea to not base anything on SNPs alone.)
- A review of some of the many factors to consider for brain health (i.e., the microbiome, detox capacities, head trauma, childhood adversity, hormones, and more).
- How to apply this information when deciding if NAC is appropriate for balancing one’s emotional and mental health.
- How reviewing NAC’s applications for mental health can open options for emotional support.
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