Research Shows This Nutrient Could Potentially Halt Cancer Cells

The nutrient NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) has been found in new research to dramatically halt cancer cell growth, suggesting it holds promise in the treatment and/or prevention of cancer, according to new research in the medical journal Seminars in Oncology. In this study, people with newly-diagnosed breast cancer were treated with NAC, either by oral dose or intravenously. Researchers found that the nutrient treatment reduced the ability of the cancer to proliferate by depriving cancer cells of the nutrients they need to increase their numbers.

While the research is still in the early stages, it offers hope for the many people who battle cancer and the 1.6 million people who were newly diagnosed in 2016 alone. Sadly, cancer kills over a half million people every year so new treatments need to be discovered and implemented.

N-acetyl cysteine is an amino acid, which is a building block of proteins. It is a potent antioxidant that destroys harmful free radicals that could otherwise damage cells and even our genetic material. In addition to the recent discovery that NAC starves cancer cells, the nutrient has also been found to prevent or treat liver or kidney damage, especially as a result of acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdose.

NAC may also be helpful in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic bronchitis. In a study of people with COPD, among those taking NAC regularly, flare-ups were reduced by 40%; however, there is still some controversy as another study did not get the same results. The nutrient is also under assessment as a possible therapy for people suffering from HIV.

While the Seminars in Oncology study achieved its results against breast cancer, NAC is also used in the prevention or treatment of colon and lung cancers.

While the recent study found that NAC shut down the nutrient supply for cancer cells, effectively starving them, the nutrient also has other effects. The body converts it to cysteine which then converts into glutathione. Glutathione, like NAC from which it is derived, is a powerful compound needed to destroy free radicals linked to aging and disease. Glutathione is also used by the liver to abolish toxins that have found their way into our body either through our food, air, or another exposure into non-toxic ones that can be eliminated. The new research is also important because NAC as a possible cancer treatment is comparatively inexpensive and non-toxic.

NAC is the supplement form of cysteine, the latter of which is found in many foods, including: tofu, edamame, sunflower seeds, oats, chickpeas, split peas, white beans, kidney beans, lentils, yogurt, poultry, red peppers, garlic, onions, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. While cysteine is found in many foods, the study dose which was 600mg twice daily of its sister-nutrient NAC is something that would be difficult to impossible to achieve using food alone.

If you choose to supplement with NAC, be sure there are no interactions with any medications you may be taking and follow package directions for the product you choose. Be sure to select N-acetyl cysteine, not the numerous other forms of the nutrient which can be toxic.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, president of ScentsationalWellness, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

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Marie W5 months ago

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John B8 months ago

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Ruth S11 months ago

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Renee M11 months ago

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