N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) is a modified form of an amino acid. It’s no secret in the conventional medicine world. For more than three decades doctors have used it as a mucus thinner. It treats serious medical conditions like acute acetaminophen poisoning pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis. Those are all conditions where mucus is abnormally thick.
NAC is a remedy often recommended by holistic doctors to prevent—and reduce symptoms of—the flu. A well-known Italian study published in European Respiratory Journal found that only 25% of people who took NAC and were injected with a flu virus developed flu symptoms compared with 79% who received a placebo. You also can consider taking NAC when you notice the first signs of a cold.Protect your lungs. NAC protects the lungs by helping to make glutathione in the lining of the lungs. NAC also can act as a buffer against pollution. When you have a cold, taking NAC can protect your lungs from complications such as bronchitis. In people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases such as emphysema, NAC can help reduce the buildup of mucus and congestion which, in turn, can help relieve the chronic cough that often accompanies emphysema. NAC also is recommended for people with pulmonary fibrosis, since it may slow the disease.
Just about every hospital keeps NAC on hand. It can be a lifesaver. But using NAC for sinus relief is a more recent innovation.
A team of Korean researchers developed a breakthrough procedure to study sinus mucus from real patients. They tested four different mucus thinning solvents on very thick samples.
NAC blew the other three remedies away. It worked in just 30 minutes to dissolve the sticky mucus. In just one hour, mucus was flowing easily and its effects lasted for four hours. It also reduced the stickiness of the mucus by 30% and improved its slipperiness and flow by 45%.
How does NAC work? It contains a molecule called a sulfhydryl group. That breaks apart the glue-like bonds that hold mucus together. It allows the mucus to be broken into smaller units that don’t block your passages.
- ASTHMATIC BRONCHITIS / COUGH
- UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION
CONGESTION, SINUS INFECTION, ANTIBACTERIAL, MUCUS, BRONCHITIS, OPIATE WITHDRAWALS