N-Acetylneuraminic Acid (Neu5Ac) is a sialic acid and a carbohydrate that has several important functions. Chief among these are the neutralization of toxins and monitoring of blood protein half life. It boosts cellular interaction, and has also been shown to have protective properties against influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis and other diseases.
Found In Nature
An adaptogenic and immunomodulatory monosaccharide with far-reaching potential.
Neural cell membranes contain 20 times more sialic acid than other types of membranes, indicating that sialic acid has a clear role in neural structure.
Vital to many body fluids including, serum, cerebrospinal, saliva, amniotic, and mother's milk. It is an immune modulator that benefits many things and it is a powerful antiviral. It is 100-1000 times more potent than antiviral drugs used to fight influenza
Lower levels of this substance appear to result in some common, yet serious, ailments. People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis tend to have lower levels of N-Acetylneuraminic Acid (Neu5Ac) which seems to suggest a link between optimum levels of this compound and the prevention of this condition. Those who suffer from respiratory illnesses also have decreased amounts of N-Acetylneuraminic Acid (Neu5Ac) which has been connected to its effects on immunity.
Research indicates that N-Acetylneuraminic Acid (Neu5Ac) blocks the release of histamine, which reduces the severity of bronchial spasms, as well as allergic reactions.
Alcoholics and people who suffer from Sjogrens Syndrome show greatly reduced quantities of N-Acetylneuraminic Acid (Neu5Ac). It is suggested that supplements of this compound could help treat these conditions.
The name "neuraminic acid" was introduced by German scientist E. Klenk in 1941, in reference to the brain lipids from which it was derived as a cleavage product.
One study showed that the sialic acid concentration in left lobe of the human brain cortex was 22% higher than that of the right lobe, possibly because the different brain regions perform different neurological functions.
HUMANS VS ANIMALS
Our study demonstrated that total sialic acid concentration in the human brain was almost two to four times that of eight other animal species. The rank order of decreasing brain sialic acid after humans was rat, mouse, rabbit, sheep, cow, and pig.