My favorite supplement is being banned by the FDA. Here's why you should take it (not advice) and why it's going away.
I've been using N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) to prevent hangovers for five years, and it works. How?
Just pop a tablet before heading out to the party, and your body does the rest. The cysteine converts to glutathione, which helps your liver process the booze.
N-acetyl-L-cysteine sound dangerous, right? Turns out it's just an amino acid that converts into another amino acid once it's inside of you. It's a safe enough drug to take every day, and not just to prevent hangovers. Studies show that NAC (which turns into a strong antioxidant) deals with oxidative stress and problems like heart disease, infertility and some psychiatric conditions. Many people take it to help with anxiety.
It's actually what doctors use to treat Tylenol poisoning, as it can help prevent liver and kidney damage. And some people claim it can help prevent brain damage from big MDMA doses.
It's the perfect supplement—no downside, all upside. But now it's getting shut down.
NAC was approved as a new drug in 1963. Six months ago you could buy it on Amazon. But in late 2020 the FDA invoked an obscure law that suggests that NAC wasn't recognized as a "supplement" prior to the 1963 "drug" approval, and is therefore not allowed to be grandfathered in as a legal supplement.
The FDA's move makes no sense from a health perspective, and even from a precedence perspective it's an unexpected move.
Some speculate it is a result of clinical trials of NAC to treat COVID-19, coupled with the public's increased use of NAC during the pandemic. Others think it may be a result of industry lobby.
Dan Fabricant, former director of FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs thinks it's bs.
"It’s found in onions and garlic, so this is the hill they want to die on? I mean if that’s the case, this is going to become obvious to people that all they’re trying to do is protect pharmaceutical IP.”
Buy NAC while you can. This is not advice. Don't do this at home.