Definition

Also known as NAC. The N-acetyl derivative of CYSTEINE. It is used as a mucolytic agent to reduce the viscosity of mucous secretions. It has also been shown to have antiviral effects in patients with HIV due to inhibition of viral stimulation by reactive oxygen intermediates. Effective inhibitor of enzymic browning in foods [DFC] N-Acetyl-L-cysteine is a pharmaceutical drug and nutritional supplement used primarily as a mucolytic agent and in the management of paracetamol (acetaminophen) overdose. Other uses include sulfate repletion in conditions, such as autism, where cysteine and related sulfur amino acids may be depleted. N-Acetyl-L-cysteine is a precursor in the formation of the antioxidant glutathione in the body. The thiol group confers antioxidant effects and is able to reduce free radicals. [Wikipedia]

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