Does N-Acetylcysteine help against cancer?
N-acetylcysteine is used as a drug for acetaminophen overdose and to help break up mucus. It has not been proven to be an effective treatment for cancer. As an antioxidant, it is thought to reduce DNA damage. NAC is also marketed for its liver-protective properties. It can prevent certain abnormal cells from becoming cancer (which we call pre-cancerous damage), and some small studies showed that NAC can decrease the side effects of cancer treatment, but it did not show that it can treat it. Despite these benefits, NAC can be harmful because some cancer therapies work by creating free radicals that kill cancer cells, high levels of antioxidants. In this case NAC may neutralize these effects and protect cancer cells.
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