Fear of flu is even more potent than usual this season thanks to H1N1… so it’s definitely not too soon to get the knack, or NAC, for fighting it. NAC stands for N-acetyl cysteine, a nutritional supplement that is natural and inexpensive, appears to be safe for most people and is a way to prevent and treat the symptoms of seasonal flu viruses.
To learn more about NAC and how it works against seasonal flu and other less easily anticipated outbreaks such as this year’s H1N1 virus, I spoke to one of the naturopathic physicians I trust most, Mark A. Stengler, ND, regular contributor to Daily Health News. He told me that NAC is a natural derivative of the amino acid L-cysteine and a precursor to the antioxidant glutathione that acts as a free radical scavenger to rid the body of inflammation provokers. NAC is well-known for both its anti-inflammatory qualities and its immune-boosting power, making it particularly helpful in thinning the mucus that collects in the respiratory system in response to colds and viruses. In fact, in conventional medicine NAC has long been used to treat respiratory conditions where mucus thinning is required, such as chronic bronchitis (especially in smokers or those with emphysema), asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis.
Excerpted from Bottom Line Inc