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By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Description: This is a varied form of the amino acid acetylcysteine. It is commonly used to increase the levels of glutathione in the body, for detoxification, and as a mucus thinner.


  • Angina
  • Antioxidant support (via glutathione production)
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Gastritis
  • HIV
  • Pneumonia
  • Postnasal drip

Precautions: Long-term use may deplete zinc and copper levels. Nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and abdominal pain have been reported with supplementation. People with liver or kidney disease should not supplement amino acids unless under the direction of a health-care professional.

Dosage: Take 500 to 1,500 mg daily.

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