N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a powerful antioxidant supplement that can serve many functions in your health life cycle. We wanted to create a series highlighting all that NAC can do for you. Up first, how NAC can help women with PCOS.
PCOS occurs in women whose ovaries and adrenal glands produces more testosterone, the male sex hormone, than normal. This can lead to a hormone imbalance, poor insulin levels, and irregular periods. NAC can help you improve all these issues that come with PCOS.
NAC improves insulin levels
PCOS can often be associated with heavy weight and diabetes. Balancing insulin levels is important for your health and NAC is proven to help. In one study women with PCOS were either given a dosage of daily NAC or a placebo for 5-6 weeks. It found that those taking NAC saw an improvement in insulin levels and sensitivity (1). Another study showed that NAC led to decreases in cholesterol and lipoprotein levels, while metformin, a diabetes medication, only decreased cholesterol levels (2). Again and again NAC is proven to be a trusted supplement for balancing your insulin levels.
NAC gets your hormones in balance
Since testosterone is high in women suffering from PCOS, NAC aims to lower testosterone levels. studies have proven that taking NAC lowers your free testosterone levels. In turn, women see an increase in egg maturation and ovulatory function (2).
NAC regulates menstrual cycles
The hormone balance that NAC provides can then lead to regulation of the menstrual cycle. One study placed 8 women on a NAC supplement for 1 year. Women saw a restoration in their ovaries cells, making egg maturation and ovulation more likely. Menstrual function was improved based on the number of periods each woman experienced throughout the trial (3). Other studies have tracked NAC and menstrual regulation, and all have come out with the same positive results.
We understand that NAC can improve your health in many ways if you are suffering from PCOS. That’s why we included a NAC supplement in your personalized wellness kits!
- Fulghesu, A. M., M. Ciampelli, G. Muzj, C. Belosi, L. Selvaggi, G. F. Ayala, and A. Lanzone. "N-acetyl-cysteine Treatment Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome." Fertility and Sterility. U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2002. Web.
- Oner, G., and I. I. Muderris. "Clinical, Endocrine and Metabolic Effects of Metformin vs N-acetyl-cysteine in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome." European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Nov. 2011. Web.
- Masha, A., C. Manieri, S. Dinatale, G. A. Bruno, E. Ghigo, and V. Martina. "Prolonged Treatment with N-acetylcysteine and L-arginine Restores Gonadal Function in Patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome." Journal of Endocrinological Investigation. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dec. 2009. Web.