Is N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) Safe?

October 12th, 2007

by Warren Matthews of Xtend-Life

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a stable form of the essential amino acid L-cysteine. Cysteine is a precursor for glutathione, an important Antioxidant in the body. Cysteine also serves as a major sulfur source for many body components. It also may help with Alzheimer’s and also eye health.

However, recently some researchers at the University of Virginia Health System have found some potential side effects which may be troubling for some people who use this nutrient in high doses. But…they are not sure, because these potential side effects have only been found in rats and may not occur in humans…and they did not occur in all rats.

The potential side effect is that NAC can form a red blood cell-derived molecule called nitrosothiol. This could result in your body thinking that it has an oxygen shortage, which in turn can lead to pulmonary arterial Hypertension (PAH).

Because it is likely that some of the media will jump on this ‘bandwagon’ I thought that I should mention a few important points about this first so any negative reports don’t raise any concerns for you.

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Herbal Healing Recipes

October 12th, 2007

Acid Indigestion: Warm a cup of milk and steep four or five Eucalyptus leaves in it. Drink this to ease discomfort

Aqua Vitae: Considered and excellent elixir of health for hundreds of years, this liqueur may be prepared and taken once a day, like a vitamin. To a liter of brandy add five or six Bay leaves, a teaspoon of Cardamom seed, a teaspoon of Clove, two teaspoons each of Angelica, Chamomile, Lemon rind, Fennel seed, Licorice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, several slices of Ginger root (to your taste), and a handful of Juniper berries along with sugar or honey to sweeten. This may be warmed to incorporate the Herbs, or left in a sunny window, then strained after about a month.

Athlete’s Foot: Besides keeping your feet dry and powdered with Orrin root, try a vinegar rinse (one cup water, one teaspoon cider vinegar) to which one tablespoon Thyme and Red Clover have been added. Soak for 15 minutes.

Bee/Wasp Stings: A drop each of tincture or Myrrh or onion juice will help draw out the poison

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Fast, healthy weight loss is actually slow

October 12th, 2007

Those having a vested interest in selling products for weight loss solutions tend to conceal the fact that there is no way of losing weight quickly. Reducing weight is a slow process and that is the way it is meant to be. Remember that you did not put on all the flab in a day and therefore, there is no way that you will lose it immediately. Excess weight cannot be wished away. It requires a concerted effort towards eating right and exercise.

If you are looking for a natural weight loss solution and wish to avoid weight loss medications, you should pay attention to the following.

Water

Water is a natural Appetite Suppressant and keeps the body hydrated. Dehydration often gives rise to false signs of hunger. Moreover, water acts as a catalyst in the metabolism of stored fat so that the Kidneys can process waste easily. If you do not drink water in sufficient quantity, the liver, starts helping the kidney in the elimination process instead of metabolizing fat. This diversion of a dedicated role of the liver stops the natural conversion of fat into energy, leading to accumulation of fat and lethargy. Additionally, drinking ice cold water, results in lowering the body temperature. The body has to work towards raising the body temperature, which results in burning more calories.

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