NAC and Parkinson’s

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Current #Parkinson’s disease treatments focus on temporarily replacing dopamine in the brain in combination with medications designed to slow the progression of symptoms. A new study performed at the Thomas Jefferson University found that #N-acetylcysteine (NAC) could provide an increase in #dopamine levels as well as improving patients mental and physical abilities.

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#NAC is a naturally occurring molecule that replenishes one of the body’s antioxidants, studies have shown that it increases #glutathione levels in the brain. With Parkinson’s disease lowering levels of glutathione this study aimed to test whether raised glutathione levels could increase dopamine levels as neurons recover function. 42 Parkinson’s patients were split into two groups with one group receiving standard care treatment and the other their standard treatment in conjunction with NAC both orally and intravenously.

Both groups had brain scans to track dopamine re-uptake as well as being evaluated clinically using the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), which assesses a variety of symptoms including both cognitive and motor function. After a period of three months the group receiving NAC showed a 4-9% increase in dopamine transporter binding as well as a 14% rise in their #USDRS score. The idea that a natural molecule can improve symptoms in Parkinson’s patients offers hope for new avenues of treatments.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31206613

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  • tami strathman
    March 26, 2022 9:18 am

    what brand of NAC is safe to use for parkinson.

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    • Claire Tozer
      March 28, 2022 1:01 pm

      Any NAC supplement from a reputable manufacturing company would be suitable. The one that I am particularly familiar with provides additional antioxidant nutrients and has a lower price than other NAC products. It’s called NAC Enhanced Antioxidant Formula (Allergy Research) and it provides NAC with the potent antioxidant lipoic acid.

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  • frank Williams
    August 29, 2022 10:34 pm

    Trinity Drugs Limited is the agent for Carlson NAC that is very good for assisting patients with Parkinson’s disease, it improves the immune system and improves the respiratory system in patients with Parkinson’s disease, a proper diet must be followed for all patients with Parkinson’s disease and as long as the patients use a strict vegetarian diet there will recover very quickly and will be able to function properly.

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  • frank Williams
    August 29, 2022 10:44 pm

    Carlson NAC consists of 500 mg of N-Acetyl Cysteine which is a form of the amino acid L-Cysteine. It improves glutathione levels and promotes a healthy antioxidant and detoxification processes in our cells.

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