Aging causes a decline in glutathione that leaves people more susceptible to common health problems.
New research shows N-acetyl-cysteine could be effective in helping maintain healthy levels of glutathione.*
High doses of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) are often used in medical emergencies to detoxify patients who have ingested poisonous substances. Researchers believe NAC could also be used at low doses to block the age-related loss of glutathione, which fights commonly encountered toxins.
As it relates to detoxification, insufficient glutathione is linked to common causes of death: cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Tory Hagen, lead researcher of the study conducted at Oregon State University, commented, “We’ve known for some time of the importance of glutathione as a strong antioxidant. What this study pointed out was the way cells from younger animals are far more resistant to stress than older animals. In young animal cells, stress doesn’t cause such a rapid loss of glutathione. The cells from older animals, on the other hand, were quickly depleted of glutathione and died twice as fast when subjected to stress.”
The study found that pre-treatment with NAC raised glutathione in older cells and helped offset cell death.
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Editor’s Note: “I’m optimistic there could be a role for this compound in preventing the increased toxicity we face with aging, as our abilities to deal with toxins decline,” Hagen elaborated. “We might be able to improve the metabolic resilience that we’re naturally losing with age.”