Synonyms: NAC, N-Acetylcystein, N-acetyl L-Cysteine
N-Acetylcystein (NAC) Benefits
N-Acetylcystein is one of the few supplements touted by examine.com as delivering on its claims.
NAC and Alcohol
Aside from its many other uses, NAC is marketed as a “hangover cure” for its ability to increase glutathione synthesis. Its more effective than taking straight glutathione since most glutathione products break down in the digestive tract.
As a Nootropic
NAC is considered a nootropic since it passes the blood brain barrier. It promotes brain health due to its antioxidant and protective properties.
NAC has uses that cannot be listed since it is sold as a dietary supplement. For an overview on uses beyond the scope of supplemental uses, Selfhacked.com has a great guide.
Stick with 500mg (one capsule) for cognitive and antioxidant benefits. Two capsules may sometimes be necessary for anti-hangover purposes.
NAC Popularity and Sentiment
Popularity has increased over time. However, despite its various uses, it’s surprising that the supplement isn’t more popular.
Google searches for ‘n acetylcysteine’ over time:
Here is a reddit post discussing experiences from long-term n-acetylcysteine supplementation.
I’ve responded incredibly well to NAC supplementation from a cognitive health standpoint. This redditor’s experience is similar to mine.
If you experience hangover effects after drinking, then try NAC before bed to reduce the negative effects. It usually eliminates hangovers based on my experience.