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NAC vs. Glutathione: Differences and When to Use Them

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You may be wondering about the differences and benefits of NAC vs. glutathione. This article will help you understand the benefits of each treatment and what is the difference between NAC and glutathione.

This article will compare and contrast NAC ( Acetylcysteine) and glutathione, how they are typically used as supplements, and when someone might want one versus the other.

NAC (Acetylcysteine)

NAC (Acetylcysteine) comes from an amino acid known as L-cysteine. Amino acids are the building blocks that make up proteins. NAC is an antioxidant that may be important in preventing cancer. NAC is often used to treat cough and other lung conditions. It may also be used to treat the flu, dry eye, and various other conditions.

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However, there is not much medical research that provides solid evidence of its effectiveness.

NAC can cause side effects when taken by mouth such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When inhaled, NAC can cause side effects such as:

  • Swelling in the mouth
  • Runny nose
  • Drowsiness
  • Clamminess
  • Chest tightness
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Glutathione comprises the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. Your liver produces it, and it is involved in many body processes, such as tissue building and repair, making chemicals and protein needed in your body, and immune system function.

You can take glutathione to reverse the signs of aging, fight alcohol abuse, liver disease, heart disease, and many other conditions. However, there is not sufficient scientific evidence for the role that glutathione plays in treating these illnesses.

There is not much information available about the side effects that glutathione can cause when taken by mouth or inhaled, but when applied to your skin, it may cause a rash. It is not known if it is safe to use glutathione when pregnant or breastfeeding, so it is advised to avoid it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should not inhale glutathione if you have asthma, as this can worsen asthma symptoms. It is unknown whether or not glutathione may have negative interactions with other drugs.

Although Drip Hydration does not currently offer NAC IV treatments, we offer our All-Inclusive IV, which includes glutathione and a glutathione add-on. Contact us through our website or phone to learn more about NAC vs. glutathione and order an IV treatment.

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Glutathione - Frequently Asked Questions

What is glutathione?

Glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid are the building blocks for the compound glutathione. It is created by the liver and is used by several bodily functions. Glutathione helps with the production of chemicals and proteins required by the body, as well as immune system activity.

What are the benefits of taking glutathione?

Taking glutathione has many benefits including:

  • Reducing oxidative stress
  • Reducing cell damage in alcoholic and nonalcoholic liver disease
  • Improves insulin resistance in older people
  • Increase mobility for people with peripheral artery disease
  • Reduces symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
  • Might help fight autoimmune diseases
  • Might reduce oxidative damage in children with autism
  • Might reduce the impact of uncontrolled diabetes
  • Might reduce respiratory disease symptoms
  • Might improve psoriasis

Glutathione IV Therapy vs supplements

Glutathione supplementation has been related to digestive problems, such as bloating or stomach cramps. Intravenous glutathione provides the antioxidant directly to your cells by totally avoiding the digestive system.

Does glutathione help reduce oxidative stress?

According to one research, glutathione either increases or decreases the body's immune response, which helps alleviate oxidative stress. Diseases with an autoimmune component damage particular cells' mitochondria. By scavenging free radicals, glutathione protects the mitochondria of the cell.