After banning HCQ and ivermectin, Big Pharma now wants to ban NAC as well? 

After banning HCQ and ivermectin, Big Pharma now wants to ban NAC as well? 

Much to my amazement, I was approached by a US citizen a bit over a week ago with the question whether we still had N-A-C in stock, and whether she could buy it from us. Unknown to us, the sale of N-A-C as an OTC supplement had been quietly banned by FDC in the USA with the result, it couldn't be found anywhere. Within a few days, we sold out every single bottle of the more popular choice, the sustained release NAC Sustain. 
 
I soon learnt this ban could be implemented thanks to the former status of NAC as a prescription drug in the 1960s which was lifted in the 1990s when it became available as a nutritional supplement.  
 
Why on earth can this simple low-cost amino acid be of interest to the pharmaceutical industry? 
 
The first thought that came to my and other people's mind was that it must have to do with the increased popularity of NAC during the COVID-pandemic. 
 
It was obvious to everyone who closely followed the information that was put out by the good doctors at Frontline Covid-19 Critical Care in which they showed that the research done to discredit two dirt cheap drugs HCQ and ivermectin was flawed in an effort to ban cheap drugs that would hinder the process to develop a highly profitable vaccine. 
 
With NAC things are a bit different, it never got big press, though the now famous dr Seheult from MedCram who isn't just a doctor in a ICU caring for critically ill patients, also gives video lectures on YT, has put NAC in his list of essentials to take or do when trying to avoid getting sick. That video in which he explained why he chose this and a few other supplements as well as some other remedies such as contrast showers and forest walks, was removed quickly due to censorship but later allowed again, when it became clear his reputation was spotless.
 
There are currently two major reasons why NAC is being used : as a popular natural remedy for treating liver side effects associated with drug overdoses, most commonly of paracetamol.
NAC is also used to loosen the thick mucus in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 
 
As a favour to drug companies that are studying it as a potential “drug” treatment for COVID-19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is going after N-acetylcysteine, a natural compound that the agency is suddenly claiming no longer qualifies as a legal dietary supplement.
Reports indicate that the FDA has sent out a series of warning letters to supplement manufacturers warning them that NAC, as it is also called, does not meet the definition of a dietary supplement because it was supposedly first approved as a “drug” back in 1963.
 
The FDA claims that NAC was never marketed as a food or supplement prior to the agency’s approval of it as a drug. 
 
Up till late 2020, the FDA never had a problem with NAC, and roughly 150 structure/function claims about its use have never drawn objection from the FDA. 
Supplement manufacturers have been marketing it for decades without issue, in other words, and only now is the FDA making a stink about it.
 

Why would they do this? 

Most people  engrossed in the news about COVID-19 were prone to think it was another move to ban something that works to treat or prevent COVID-19.  
But now 'Big Pharma' seems to have won the debate with so many people willing to take a leaky and experimental vaccine, why would they still want to go after NAC?
 
It turns out the ban has very little to do with blocking a supplement in relation to COVID-19 or influenza but much more because of the range of other beneficial properties, but because of a range of different diseases it may be of benefit for that are of interest to Big Pharma as well. 
 

Treating influenza?

NAC has shown some significant capabilities in suppressing influenza A viruses. It accomplishes this by inhibiting the replication of the virus within the human body. Because it also acts as a mucus thinner, it may also help to decongest during a cold or flu infection. It also inhibits the replication of pro-inflammatory molecules which add to the physical pain and suffering experienced during a flu infection. 
 
For these reasons, it may significantly shorten or even prevent an influenza infection.
 
However that's not why it has gained so much interest. 
 

N-A-C is a major antioxidant 

N-acetyl-L-cysteine is an amino acid and antioxidant that is made by the body from its original form of cysteine. We obtain cysteine from high protein foods that we consume such as yogurt, cottage cheese and many poultry products.
 
It is also available in supplement form as N-acetyl cysteine for people who require more for therapeutic benefit. It helps the body produce glutathione, another amino acid which acts as a detoxifying agent to most of the organs of the body, essentially removing things like toxic heavy metals and other toxins that interfere with proper functionality.
 

Neuroprotective effects of the administration of N-acetyl cysteine

Rats who were given doses of the antioxidant amino acid prior to being exposed to aluminium demonstrated less cognitive impairment than the rats that were not dosed with the amino acid. The conclusion of the experiment was that N-acetyl cysteine acted as a powerful prevention mechanism against aluminium toxicity and potentially against build-up in the brain. Aluminium toxicity in the brain has long been a suspected underlying cause of Alzheimer's disease, though it is now also seen as ‘brain diabetes’.
 
In addition to this, one study found that the amino acid may have antidepressant-like qualities. Rats that were supplemented with it exhibited more willingness to explore and remain active after a swimming lab test which indicated that it probably had an antidepressant effect on the brain.
 

General detoxification

N-acetyl cysteine has been identified as a major detoxification aid within the human body. When administered, it has demonstrated liver detoxification benefits, and helps to remove environmental contaminants and toxins from the blood stream. These include tobacco and other types of carbon-monoxide rich smokes, alcohol, pollution, and other types of inhaled or topically applied toxins.
 
It is often used by those concerned with liver toxicity associated with long term use of OTC anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs, since these can damage the liver over time. It is also used as a detoxification measure for aluminium and other heavy metal exposure since it is very effective at removing these toxins from the organs and the blood stream.
 
Due to NAC’s detoxifying effect, researchers have begun to explore the potential of NAC for treating addictive behaviour and psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression. 
 
It is even surmised, NAC may help to stop undesirable cell replication due to its antioxidant properties. 
 

Exploring NAC for treating psychiatric disorders

In 2016, it was concluded that NAC alleviates depression symptoms, improves global functionality and has good tolerability.
In 2014, it was concluded that people with clinical depression had greater improvements when they combined their usual antidepressants with NAC. 
Other studies suggest that NAC can alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder by reducing oxidative stress, which is typically elevated in people with these disorders. 
In a 2019 study, 2 000 mg a day of NAC could help the mood of those suffering from bipolar disorder.
A 2008 study shows that individuals with schizophrenia who failed to respond to antipsychotic drugs can benefit from taking 1,000 mg of NAC twice daily. 
NAC can also be used to treat substance use disorders and impulse control disorders such as hair pulling and pathological gambling. 
 

Another peculiar claim is that it may reduce hearing loss

Yale researchers observed a new benefit of NAC supplements. N-acetyl-cysteine improves the function of cells in the cochlea, reducing hearing loss. The cochlear cells lie in the inner ear structures and are responsible for converting sound waves to neural messages within the brain.
 
Yale researchers developed a mouse model that corresponds with similar structures in human ears. They found that hearing loss was initiated after the mitochondria of the cochlear cells lose a small protein called Fus1. Reactive oxygen species, coming from malnourished and inefficient mitochondria, ultimately break down crucial proteins in the cochlear cells.
 
Now knowing the mechanism of the breakdown, the researchers applied NAC supplementation to the diseased mitochondria. The powerful antioxidant was able to neutralize the harmful reactive oxygen species, protect the breakdown of Fus1 protein, and therefore prevent hearing loss. 
 

Precursor of glutathione 

NAC has many mechanisms of action that can explain these findings. For one, it is a precursor of glutathione, an antioxidant that helps reduce cell damage caused by oxidative stress. 
NAC also decreases the levels of molecules in the blood that trigger inflammation in the body, such as interleukin-6. Research shows that interleukin-6 can contribute to the development of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depressed mood.
 
Moreover, NAC helps regulate levels of the neurotransmitters glutamate and dopamine. While glutamate is required for normal brain activity, excess glutamate can cause brain damage, especially when paired with low glutathione levels. 
Meanwhile, dopamine deficiency causes symptoms like mood swings, thoughts of self-harm and hallucinations and has been linked to Parkinson’s disease and depression.
 

Guidelines on taking NAC supplements

The optimal dosages of NAC are yet to be established, though many researchers recommend taking 600 to 1,800 mg of NAC a day. The supplement can be administered intravenously or taken orally in liquid or powder form. Keep in mind that people with bleeding disorders or taking blood-thinning medications should avoid taking NAC as it may slow down blood clotting.
 
Alternatively, you can boost your cysteine levels by consuming more foods rich in folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. These nutrients are found in bananas, beans, lentils, spinach, salmon and tuna.
 

Conclusion 

Our conclusion is the same as that of Paul Craig Roberts at Lew Rockwell, public health care is utterly corrupt
 
We never thought a perfectly safe and popular supplement would cease to be produced due to government yielding to the influence of Big Pharma. 
For a perfect example of how insidious they work, just read the information on how they steered the research done on the benefits and risks of vitamin D using the exact same tactics as Big Tobacco 
 
It doesn't help that our own most beloved brand, Jarrow Formulas of which we've been a faithful distributor for well over 20 years was acquired by a large investment company who's taking out low-cost niche products that don't sell very well, but may be of utmost interest to those people with a rarer disorder who wants to experiment with lesser known products.
 
Most webshops would not even bother to carry those supplements, but we felt we should offer everything, Jarrow deemed useful enough to market, even if we would only help out a few savvy customers. 
 
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