L-Cysteine is used as a precursor in food, pharmaceutical and personal care products. It is actively involved in the production of flavors such as meat flavor obtained by reacting with sugars. Also used for the cleavage of disulfide bonds in the hair ft.s keratin. It plays an important role as a key raw material for the manufacture of N-acetyl-L-cysteine, S-carboxymethyl-L-cysteine and L-cysteine base. Its derivative, N-acetyl-L-cysteine is used as a dietary supplement. It acts as an antidote to acetaminophen overdose and prevents liver failure. It protects nerves from oxidation and thereby prevents illnesses like Alzheimer ft.s and Parkinson ft.s. Being an essential amino acid, it used as animal feed especially for sheep, which is responsible the growth of wool.
Soluble in water, alcohol, acetic acid and aqueous ammonia. Insoluble in ether, acetone, ethyl acetate, benzene, carbon disulfide and carbon tetrachloride
Air sensitive. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.
Safety and Handling
SDS & Safety Documents
GHS H Statement
Harmful if swallowed.
GHS P Statement
Wash thoroughly after handling.
Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell.
RTECSNumber : HA1600000
TSCA : TSCA