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Should I Take a NAC Supplement?

A brief look into a trendy amino acid

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PPeople take supplements for all sorts of reasons — omega-3s for heart health, calcium for strong bones, vitamin B12 for more energy. But rarely is there one supplement that claims to heal seemingly every ailment, from asthma to liver disease. Yet NAC, short for N-acetyl cysteine, is that kind of pill. Or so its fans like to claim.

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Sarah Watts

Sarah Watts

Musing about mental health, science, pop culture and more.