Harnessing the Power of NAC to Boost Heart Health
N-acetylcysteine, or NAC, is an amino acid that is derived from a tiny protein called L-cysteine. Also known as the building blocks of protein, amino acids can be found in many natural foods like meat, whole grains, seeds, and nuts. This compound is not only involved in supplying your body with the protein it needs to build strong, dense muscle tissue, but it also offers many benefits to your overall health. And it’s one of the main reasons NAC is a key ingredient in VitaPulse by Princeton Nutrients.
Among the many notable qualities of NAC is its ability to support the proper functions of a healthy cardiovascular system, including balanced cholesterol levels and blood pressure, as well as the strength of your hard working heart. Because heart disease is the number one cause of premature death for both men and women globally, many researchers have focused their attention on this powerful substance, and its potential to reduce risk factors of CVD (cardiovascular disease).1 What they found could be great news if you are looking for ways to support your heart health.
Here are three of the ways you can harness the power of NAC to boost the health of your heart:
- Antioxidant Protection. If you have ever baked an apple pie, you may already know about antioxidants. You know the drill … as soon as you slice the apples in half, and leave them on the counter to prepare the rest of the pie, the inside of the apple immediately starts to turn brown. Right? What is happening when the apple goes brown is called the oxidative process, and it affects every living thing on the planet – including you. Inside your body, the oxidation process is triggered by many natural things, including environmental pollutants, like UV rays from the sun, toxins in your food supply, as well as exercise. There is no way to avoid this natural process completely, however, you can reduce the damaging effects of the byproducts of oxidation in your body, called reactive oxygen species (ROS).
ROS molecules cause damage to the healthy cells in your body (and the apple) because they are always seeking to “steal” an electron from any place they can find one. They do this in order to regain balance of their own chemical structure, which lacks one electron. ROS molecules need to find the electron they are missing, and take it for themselves, thus, they are highly destructive. This process causes damage to your healthy cells, and it may also increase your risk of CVD.2
What is so special about NAC is that it doesn’t just act as a protective antioxidant alone. It is also able to boost the production of what is called, “The Master Antioxidant” of your body known as glutathione. This antioxidant is naturally made inside of your body as a built-in defense system against ROS damage. As we age, the body declines in production of this protective master antioxidant, and therefore it is vital to boost the production of glutathione with NAC to reduce age-related risk factors of CVD caused by oxidative stress on the body.3
- Anti-Inflammatory. Inflammation is a natural response of your body’s immune system, however, over time, inflammation can become a risk factor for CVD. Over the age of 65, adults commonly experience a higher rate of what’s known as inflammatory markers of cardiovascular disease. These include cholesterol imbalance, fatty lesions that can clog healthy arteries, as well as hardening of the arteries.4
Due to acetylcysteine’s natural ability to boost the production of glutathione in every cell, it offers a good amount of protection against the development of these inflammatory markers for CVD.5,6
- Irregular Heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common heart problems for people after undergoing a cardiac surgery. Numerous studies have shown that there is an increasing body of evidence to support the role of oxidative stress in the development of post-surgical arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). As a scavenger for ROS molecules in the body, NAC may help to reduce the likelihood of developing postoperative arrhythmia. And that’s great news for people who have already suffered with a cardiovascular event.
One review on the ability of N-acetylcysteine supplementation revealed that NAC is a promising solution for the prevention of postoperative irregular heartbeat in patients who underwent coronary artery bypass and/or valve surgery.7
VitaPulse: The 3-Ingredient Formula With the Power of NAC
N-acetylcysteine is one of the least talked about nutrients known to boost heart health. Especially helpful for aging adults and those who have already suffered a cardiovascular event, NAC supplementation may be just what you need to support your cardiovascular health.
VitaPulse is a supplement designed with NAC plus two other antioxidants for the heart in just one simple formula. Here is how the other ingredients work to promote heart health, at any age:
Ubiquinone (CoQ10). This antioxidant vitamin for the heart has also been called Vitamin Q. It works in a unique way to boost cellular metabolism, also known as ATP, to help maintain a strong and healthy heartbeat. Further, CoQ10 acts as a scavenger for active ROS molecules to help reduce all CVD risk factors associated with the oxidation process.
Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ). A close relative of CoQ10, PQQ, also works to reduce oxidative stress in the body. It is found in the highest concentrations in your vital organs, like the liver, kidneys, lungs, and of course your hard working heart. It does this deep within the energy-producing center of each cell, called the mitochondria. Boosting the levels of PQQ in your body may help to support the proper function of your cardiovascular system by increasing intracellular energy levels, as well as maintaining balanced cholesterol levels.8
VitaPulse is one of the only supplements on the market today that harnesses the power of NAC to boost heart health. But that’s not all VitaPulse does. Due to the simple 3-ingredient formula that includes only antioxidants for the heart, VitaPulse may also help to boost your overall health, as antioxidants are well-known to support immunity against pathogens that can cause common infections. It’s a win-win for your health!
- Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Fact Sheet. 2017.
- Mahmoud KM, Ammar AS. Effect of N-acetylcysteine on cardiac injury and oxidative stress after abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: a randomized controlled trial. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2011 Sep;55(8):1015-21.
- Chad Kerksick, Darryn Willoughby. The Antioxidant Role of Glutathione and N-Acetyl-Cysteine Supplements and Exercise-Induced Oxidative Stress. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2005; 2(2): 38–44.
- Madjid M, Willerson JT. Inflammatory markers in coronary heart disease. Br Med Bull. 2011;100:23-38.
- Stephen B. Kritchevsky, Matteo Cesari. Inflammatory markers and cardiovascular health in older adults. Cardiovasc Res (2005) 66 (2): 265-275.
- Effects of Glutathione (an Antioxidant) and N-Acetylcysteine on Inflammation.
- Wan-Jie Gu, Zhen-Jie Wu. N-acetylcysteine supplementation for the prevention of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery: a meta-analysis of eight randomized controlled trials. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 201212:10.
- Nakano M, Kawasaki Y. Effects of Pyrroloquinoline Quinone Disodium Salt Intake on the Serum Cholesterol Levels of Healthy Japanese Adults. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2015;61(3):233-40.