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Cysteine, N-acetyl cysteine, N-Acetylcysteine


Cysteine, N-acetyl cysteine, NAC

Metabolism
cysteine and selenium forms glutathione
riboflavin, niacinamide are cofactors for glutathione reductase
keratin is 12% cysteine

Genetics
cystinuria causes mental retardation

Functions
glutathione protects proteins
liver detoxification of formaldehyde, acetomenophen, benzyprene
amino acid transport across membranes
cancer prevention
synthesis of fatty acids
precursor of taurine and bile acid conjugator

Requirements
non-essential

Sources
yogurt

Deficiency
may result in mental retardation
decreased macrophage activity, increased fragility of RBC's
reduced levels found in people who are protein deficient or fasting

Therapeutics
heavy metal detox, COPD
immune enhancement, cancer, AIDS
psoriasis, hair loss, diabetes mellitus, liver disease
stomach or intestinal ulcers

Toxicity
cysteine - very little
cystine causes Fanconi's syndrome and cystinosis
Fanconi's syndrome is kidney damage from crystal deposits



 

 

 

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