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At the end of the day, dealing with a hangover and protecting the liver from the ravages of alcohol comes down to chemical actions and reactions in the body; a molecular game played by the rules of biology.
One of the pieces in the game is N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), a more easily absorbed metabolite of the amino acid cysteine. It is indispensible in the liver’s ability to break down the toxin acetaldehyde, a byproduct of alcohol metabolism.