More and more research demonstrates that we are living in a mercury-toxic environment. Fish, seafood, seaweed (kelp, dulse, etc), and many vaccinations are all sources of methylmercury (methylmercury is a form of mercury that is readily absorbed by body tissues that acts as a neurotoxin).
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently performed an experiment with profound results. The researchers exposed rats to mercury, then supplemented the rats with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), an amino acid that raises your body’s glutathione levels (read more about glutathione in my Antioxidant Article and on the Whey Protein page). Astonishingly, after the dose of NAC the rats excreted 5% of the mercury load in their urine within 2 hours! More impressively, they found that in pregnant rats “NAC markedly reduced the body burden of Methylmercury, particularly in target tissues such as brain, placenta, and fetus.”
The authors prefaced the study “Many people, by means of consumption of seafood or other anthropogenic sources, are exposed to levels of methylmercury (MeHg) that are generally considered to be quite low, but that may nevertheless produce irreversible brain damage, particularly in unborn babies. The only way to prevent or ameliorate MeHg toxicity is to enhance its elimination from the body.”
How does it work? NAC is a very effective way to raise glutathione levels in your body—glutathione is your body’s main detoxifier and antioxidant. Elevated glutathione levels increase the amount of mercury that you excrete.
In my store you will find an excellent NAC product called “Complete Glutathione”—check it out. I recommend using this product as directed for 2 weeks, the using it for the first 3-4 days of every month. Glutathione levels can be kept high throughout the month by using Undenatured Whey Protein daily (also available in my store).
Read the full-text study here.