Effects of Antioxidant N-Acetylcysteine on Covid19

Published : Apr 28, 2021
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    N-Acetylcysteine on Covid19

    The end of the year 2019 introduced the mankind to possibly the deadliest disease in the form of coronavirus. While we are in 2021, still the threat of the virus is looming large and a second lockdown in most states in the country due to rising cases holds this fact true. While there have been many studies and researches on how to treat it and even vaccine production and consumption has increased to fight the virus, few studies have recently concluded that N-acetylcysteine has a potential role to play to fight against the disease.

    The conclusions derived, stated that oral COPD drug, N-Acetylcysteine (NAC), can be beneficial to prevent and adjuvant therapy in COVID-19 by -

    Helps Avoid Further Health Deterioration

    Early administration of oral NAC (1200 mg), bid during onset of COVID-19 symptoms helps prevent progress to pneumonia and dependency on mechanical oxygen administration, thereby reducing the need for hospitalization.

    Helps Improve Lung Function

    NAC benefits COVID-19 patients by helping to reduce pneumonia symptoms and treating ARDS, thereby aiding improved lung function and reduced mortality rates.

    Helps Prevent Cytokine Storm

    NAC helps treat pneumonia in HRCT positive patients by correcting the imbalance in redox homeostasis, thereby preventing cytokine storm and progression to ARDS. It also helps treat ARDS by directly modulating inflammation & suppressing the cytokine storm.

    Helps Control Damage to Liver and Lungs

    NAC’s ability to mitigate the impact of the cytokine storm and prevent elevation of liver enzymes, CRP and ferritin is associated with higher success rates weaning from the ventilator & return to normal function in COVID-19 patients.

    These were some of the findings that state that N-Acetylcysteine is a powerful antioxidant which will help prevent the virus from damaging the lungs and respiratory system. However, one should consult his/her doctor before consuming NAC. There are various NAC Supplements available too and can be beneficial to those who want to boost their lung immunity and keep the respiratory system strong and health.


    Neel Visaria
    Health and Fitness

    Neel is an expert blogger who just loves writing about health and fitness. He makes sure that his blogs are fun to read but also informative. Neel is committed to spread awareness through his blogs... Read More

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