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opus2828
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Hi. I am considering taking this supplement - NAC or N-Acetyl cysteine as I have heard it may help prevent colds/flu and such.

I tried searching for it in archives but found nothing.

I was wondering if anyone does take it and how much do you take?

Thanks.

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I took it for a while, but one day I realized it smells putrid. Like rotten eggs. I can't stomach looking at it anymore. I'm done with it.
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I have taken it in the past. It is supposed to help with detox. I didn't notice a difference.
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I have taken it in the past. It is supposed to help with detox. I didn't notice a difference.
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sammy
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I take 1,200mg of NAC twice a day. It is great for supporting the liver. Helps the body make glutathione.
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I take both Alpha Lopoic Acid and NAC.

Alpha lopoic acid protects nerve and brain cells from injury. Crosses the BBB to do so.

My doctor had me start ALA first then NAC.
both precursors to glutathione...?

Also, with NAC I read that we need to increase our intake of Vitamin C or it really won't be as effective and may do more harm than good.
Can't remember why.

Liquid glutathione was the smelly one for me (like sulfur--rotten eggs).

Knock-wood, I've never had a problem with the liver--don't know if it could be attributable to NAC or not.

I do recall feeling better after supplementing with both.

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TerryK
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I took NAC on the advice of my naturopathic doctor. As others have said, great liver support, pre-cursor to glutathione, which makes it helpful for detox and a good anti-viral.

It is a sulfur based supplement as is alpha lipoic acid. I had to stop taking both because I have a problem with sulfur.

If you don't have a problem with sulfur, it's a good thing to take in my opinion.

Terry

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Try putting your NAC in the refrigerator, it really helps reduce the sulfur smell. xoxo
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For some people, it's not the smell but that their body can't metabolize foods, medicines or supplement in the the Methyl group. Then it becomes sort of like Kryptonite to them.
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I take it 3 times per day, I have vivid dreams when I do. Most toxins, especially heavy metals, deplete glutathione in the liver, without glutathione, the liver is stressed as its ability to make toxins harmless and removeable is impaired so they build up. Anyone that has silver fillings in their mouth should probably look into it.
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On 1200 mg twice a day per my LLMD's orders while on IV for liver support.
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Like many others, I take this for liver support. I actually take it in the form of Pharmax's Glutathione Precursors, which contains NAC along with other supplements.

Just the NAC wasn't doing enough for me, so my LLMD suggested I try the mixed precursors, and it's been helpful.

-AnnaL

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GiGi
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Do read my older posts before taking NAC.
I learned this during my healing journey from Dr.K. several years ago

Several studies have shown that all the sulfhydryl-containing amino acids can redistritute mercury to other body compartments.

Following the law of osmosis, we separate the body into two parts:

1. the brain
2. the rest of the body

They are separated by the blood brain barrier. If you have a lot of mercury in the lower part of the body, it may cause very, very few symptoms. If you have a tiny amount of mercury in the brain, it causes a hugh amount of pathology.

What happens when you swallow N-acetyl cystine, it first contacts the gut mucosa which is loaded with mercury. It picks up the mercury there and then it kind of goes through the lymphatic system and the immune system and picks up more mercury in the endothelium; but the brain sends a message that it needs cysteine for functioning, so the cysteine then drags it in its tail. It's used as a shuttling agent. It drags with it the mercury back into the brain.

Only if all the areas besides the brain have been cleared of heavy metals is NAC safe to use. None of the agents are bad if given at the right time, in the right sequence, together with the right co-factors and in the absence of things that disturb the process. Your doctor should know how if he/she is familiar with heavy metal detoxification.

Be very careful with NAC.

Take care.

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Yeah NAC and ALA are advised against if you have elevated heavy metals. Cutler chelation protocol recommends to chelate it out of the body first and then use ALA WITH chelator to get it out of the brain
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GiGi--

Do you know if IV glutathione acts in a similar way to NAC? I don't have elevated mercury, but I do have slightly elevated lead levels (but not elevated enough to chelate, according to my doc, though I am going to revisit this with him).

I've been taking NAC in my glutathione precursors, but I was planning to do four to eight weeks of IV glutathione.

Don't want to make things worse...

-AnnaL

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