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N-Acetyl Cysteine

Also indexed as:Acetyl Cysteine, NAC
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How to Use It

Healthy people do not need to supplement NAC. Optimal levels of supplementation remain unknown, though much of the research uses 250–1,500 mg per day.

Where to Find It

Cysteine, the amino acid from which NAC is derived, is found in most high-protein foods. NAC is not found in the diet.

Possible Deficiencies

Deficiencies of NAC have not been defined and may not exist. Deficiencies of the related amino acidcysteine have been reported in HIV-infected patients.26

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