L-CYSTEINE Overview Information
L-cysteine is a type of amino acid, which are the building blocks of proteins. The body makes L-cysteine from another amino acid called methionine.
L-cysteine is naturally found in foods, but because it's made in the body it doesn't need to be consumed in the diet. L-cysteine has antioxidant effects and is used to make up antioxidants such as glutathione.
People use L-cysteine for cancer, diabetes, hangover, stroke, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse L-cysteine with N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC). These are not the same.
L-CYSTEINE Side Effects & Safety
When taken by mouth: L-cysteine is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if L-cysteine is safe when used in larger amounts as medicine or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: L-cysteine is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if L-cysteine is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine while pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Surgery: L-cysteine might interfere with blood sugar control during surgery. Stop taking L-cysteine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
- Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with L-CYSTEINE
L-cysteine might lower blood sugar levels. Taking L-cysteine along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
L-cysteine is naturally found in foods. But as medicine, there isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of L-cysteine might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.