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NAC - how best to take it

Discussion in 'Other: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; GcMAF' started by Invisible Woman, May 4, 2018.

  1. Invisible Woman

    Invisible Woman Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I have recently received my order of Jarrow N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine 600mg sustained release tablets. I am mainly hoping they will improve sleep and help stop the old wired, but tired kind of feeling.

    I know some take one tablet 3 times per day: am, afternoon and evening.

    The instructions on the pack say 1 tablet once or twice a day.

    If you use it, how often and when do you take it?
     
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  2. James

    James Established Member (Voting Rights)

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    Only using it once a day on empty stomach (morning) as no side effects doing this which is always a good thing when finding what the system will tolerate.
     
  3. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    My bottle (400mg) says to take x3/day. Do not take with abxs or nitroglycerine or consult a doctor if you have diabetes or kidney stones.

    I've been taking x3/day without food for one week. My brain feels very calm, but I'm feeling quite exhausted so not sure if it's from taking the supplements. I think I will stop on the weekend to see how I feel.

    I'm taking it at 9:30 am, 3:30 pm and 9:30 pm
     
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    Arnie Pye Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I usually take one just before I go to bed. If my lungs are particularly bunged up I might add a second dose in the early afternoon, but I never do that for more than a few days because I find it dries my lungs out too much.
     
  5. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Adult Dosage
    Take 1 capsule three times daily with protein-containing meals, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.

    Cautions
    Do not use if you are taking nitroglycerin or antibiotics. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if have kidney stones, diabetes or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you experience sweating, paleness, chills, headaches, dizziness and/or confusion, discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner as these may be symptoms of serious low blood sugar.
     
  6. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    @Invisible Woman how are you doing on the NAC?

    I've had a couple of weeks to experiment and have concluded (based on how I feel) that taking it with food (protein) is more effective than on an empty stomach. It does have a calming effect on my brain, I'm not longer experiencing racing over stimulating thoughts. It has not improved my sleep though, at least no yet.
     
  7. Invisible Woman

    Invisible Woman Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Well.....I've been a big fat chicken....

    I was having a spot of bother with another med and as @James pointed out:

    I stopped and had a think and will wait until everything else has settled again before starting low and going slow.

    Even, after 20 years I still benefit from someone reminding me to be cautious.
     
  8. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Update. I've been taking 1200mg + 300mg ALA/day for 1 month and I have to say that there is something to this supplement. My reason for trying it is because I was hoping it would help improve my sleep. It has not really, but it has helped with wired/tired so there is some sort of calming effect. Seriously, it does help with that.

    I'm also noticing an improvement(?) in next day post power walking exertion. I stay within my energy limits to prevent PEM, so no PEM for the last 2+ years (!). Since taking NAC I feel zero indication that I even went out the day before which is quite interesting. I'm even able to do light weights (8 minutes) and some squats the next day.

    So for now I'm taking a break from NAC for a few weeks because I don't want to take any chances on it's immune modulating effects. I've had negative experiences in the past with immune modulators.
     
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    Webdog Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Took Jarraw NAC up to 1800mg over a period of about 3 months. Never noticed any effects at all.
     
  10. hinterland

    hinterland Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Good choice, that’s the product I take.

    Weirdly, I’ve found that it helps with fat loss. As another poster mentioned, it can also ease congestion in the lungs.

    As I’m extra sensitive to meds/ supplements in general, I only take the NAC-sustain 2 or 3 times a week. Yes, only 2 or 3 tabs per week, and it still does me good, I believe.
     
  11. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    So I restarted NAC after taking a 2 week break. My general observation is that it takes the 'edge' off. My sleep has improved but I can't say for certain it's NAC related.

    One interesting thing. . . I don't drink coffee every day but when I do I make sure I don't have any appointments, errands or plans to go out power walking that evening because caffeine exhausts me for at least 8-10hrs. In fact it makes me feel hung over. Yet I still drink it :rolleyes: It has had this affected on me for over 20 years. Since taking NAC I don't feel that exhaustion or edginess so that I can go out for my walks in the evening and 'do stuff' that day.

    I'm wondering if NAC detoxifies caffeine out of my system quicker and this is why I'm no longer experiencing this negative effect? Or whether it just has an overall calming effect on my nervous system and fooling me that I can do more?
     
  12. Mij

    Mij Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Update: I am recovering from a terrible viral infection that started around 3 weeks ago. Vertigo, ear inflammation, herpes rashes, very painful mouth ulcers and muscle fatigue. I lost a few kgs from not being able to eat from the mouth ulcers. Just miserable. I haven't had this sort of thing for years and I'm suspecting it might be from taking NAC because it has immune modulating effects.

    My supplement also contained ALA, so in addition to NAC I was taking 300mg ALA/day. I've read that too much can cause "antioxidative stress" (negative effects of antioxidants).

    I took it for 2 months and only has a few left so threw them out.
     
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