DISCLAIMER: The FDA requires that I tell readers to always consult a doctor before undergoing treatment of any kind.
What is NAC?
NAC is an aminothiol that’s also known as N-Acetyl-Cysteine. It performs a variety of extremely valuable, healing functions in the body and unfortunately, that sometimes scares people off. We’ve all been taught to scoff as broad-spectrum treatments that claim to cure disease, but NAC is a real-life cure-all that’s worth looking at more closely as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches toward its second year.
My first experience with NAC happened in the early months of the pandemic after I learned that a close family member who was based in Myanmar at the time, was addicted to methamphetamines. The news was devastating and at first things seemed hopeless. This beloved family member was Burmese and he didn’t speak English natively so talk therapy wasn’t an option.
So I called some friends who’d overcome meth addiction at home on their own and followed their thoughts and a few choice clues into the Fringe-Science (all the rejected, but legitimate research articles that don’t fit the Consensus Science that gets funded and propagated by the scientists who win the popularity contest with Big Pharma ) to see if there was something I’d never seen before in scientific literature about addiction. It took a few weeks, but I eventually found Mucuna pruriens and NAC.
I spent a few months gathering research, making sure that Mucuna and NAC were really safe and then found a product and had it sent to my family member in Burma. While the high-dose Mucuna helped him immediately stop using meth (it was miraculous, I tell you—an unheard of recovery), the high dose NAC helped him get some of his obsessive thoughts under control.
I watched NAC perform miracles day-by-day. It was truly a miracle. Little did we know at the time that our family member had only a few more months to leave the country before it would descend into a civil war. It was truly a blessing that the NAC and Mucuna only took only 60 days to help him to put his life together enough to get out of a country that was locking its residents down in preparation for a military take-over. This is the miracle of NAC. It saved us.
NAC for COVID-19
Our family traveled to meet this young man halfway at the height of the pandemic. We all took NAC in high doses while we were on the trip, which took us from North America on flights through Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. We lived in Africa for over a month in Tanzania, a country that doesn’t recognize the existence of COVID (there were no masks and no social distancing). Of course, our family member who came from Myanmar also took NAC and he traveled to us from Asia (in other words, we passed collectively through 5 of 7 continents). All of us were taking high-dose NAC. And at the peak of COVID cases in Europe and the Middle East, we took 12 flights across 4 continents…and none of us got COVID-19.
But this is my personal story. Now, let me tell you what the scientific literature has to say about NAC (see the reference list at the bottom of this article for links to the scientific research on this substance):
NAC has been used by doctors who know about this medicine to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. It has antioxidant properties as well as immune-modulating abilities in addition to its ability to reduce inflammation. Doctors and scientists alike have noted that this substance can be used to both prevent and treat COVID-19.
Though many people easily treat COVID-19 at home, others (particularly the elderly, immunocompromised patients, or people with pre-existing health issues like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes), may develop a more serious version of COVID. The main cause of death for COVID-19 patients is Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) which is associated with a dysfunction in immune response.
NAC is an immune modulator that has positive effects on the lungs. I recently published an article at this site about the use of NAC to boost fertility. Doctors noted that patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) who used NAC not only experienced less chest congestion, but also enhanced fertility. This discovery led the doctors to compare the effects of NAC to Guaifenesin, a pharmaceutical that has similar effects on the body but with a lot of undesirable side effects. NAC is able to thin mucus throughout the body (including vaginal mucus, enhancing fertility), making it an excellent choice for chronic sinus problems, colds, flu, and influenza. NAC not only thins mucus, treating the symptoms of COVID, colds, flu, bronchitis, and sinus infection, but it also boosts the immune system. It has a generally detoxifying effect on the body as opposed to Guaifenesin, which is a synthetic drug that puts a strain on the liver, mental health, and the immune system.
Did I mention that NAC is quite affordable?
NAC is a precursor to the antioxidant glutathione (which means that the body breaks NAC down into glutathione), which has the ability to escort pollutants out of the body. NAC suppresses COVID virus replication and by reducing inflammation, it also tends to have a positive effect on both physical and emotional well-being. Research, after all, has shown that inflammation and depression appear to be the same disease. One does not exist without the other. So that may explain the miraculous effects I witnessed in my drug-addicted family member. Nonetheless, if you take NAC, you’ll experience all of these benefits. NAC can help prevent COVID naturally, but it can also be used to treat COVID at home without some of the side effects caused by pharmaceuticals.
NAC Dosage for COVID
If you take NAC for COVID, take a higher dose (between 1200 and 2400 mg per day). The scientific literature on NAC for COVID has shown that at a dosage of 1200 mg per day, cell-mediated immunity is enhanced. This immune enhancement can be helpful not just for COVID treatment, but also for influenza, colds, and sinus infections. Increasing your dose of NAC during times when exposure to COVID, flu, or colds is high can help you prevent these diseases since it has a natural anti-viral effect and research has shown that people who are taking at least 1200 mg per day tend to be less likely to catch the flu and the severity and duration of their symptoms is significantly lessened. Indeed, scientists have speculated that NAC not only helps healthy people defend themselves against these respiratory diseases, but it can also have a generally healing effect ?on a compromised immunity. It makes sense given the fact that NAC promotes liver health.
Did I mention that NAC has also been studied for its ability to prevent and treat lung cancer?
Or the fact that studies have shown that NAC can help treat and prevent dementia?
Or that it can help reverse heart disease?
You get the idea. But be sure to take the right dose of NAC (between 1200 and 2400 mg per day, ideally in divided doses).
NAC and Chlorine Dioxide (CDS): How These Two At-Home COVID Treatments Cancel Each Other Out
If you’re taking NAC to prevent COVID, good for you. Maybe you have a little Chlorine Dioxide (CDS) in your medicine cabinet too just in case you fall ill with COVID. That’s great. But you need to understand that these two medicines will cancel each other out if you use them at the same time. Here’s why:
CDS works by oxidizing viruses and other infectious agents. Actually, the chemistry behind CDS is fascinating in terms of how it enhances immunity and how it kills infection at the same time, but for the purposes of this article, all you need to know is that when a molecule of CDS stumbles across a COVID-19 virus, it sends an oxygen over to the virus like a tiny bomb that basically makes the virus explode. That’s how CDS works and it’s very effective against COVID-19, influenza, colds, sinus infections, bronchitis, and a wide variety of other diseases. CDS is an OXIDANT. It oxidizes (sends an oxygen out to blow up the COVID virus) pathogens in order to kill them.
NAC, on the other hand, works through the opposite mechanism. It is an ANTI-OXIDANT. It’s not rocket science, folks. ANTI-oxidants will work against OXIDANTS, right? Of course they do. So if you combine a super-strong anti-oxidant like NAC with an oxidant like CDS, what you’ll end up with is…nothing.
But wait…if you’re familiar with CDS, you might be thinking, “hey…aren’t oxidants bad?”
That’s a good question and the answer is…sometimes.
You see, there’s a whole branch of medicine and scientific research that’s dedicated to studying oxidants and anti-oxidants. And while it isn’t common knowledge that oxidants are sometimes good and even necessary for our immune system to work, it’s a fact that oxidants play an important role in promoting immunity. Like a lot of things, the media and big brands have focused on the positives of anti-oxidants which basically leads people to believe that oxidants are the bad guy. But the reality of things is more than oxidants are sometimes bad and sometimes good. Indeed, oxidants can be used as medicine, but…here’s the thing that will probably resonate with most of our readers…Big Pharma hasn’t figured out how to make a profit off of oxygen yet. That’s why you don’t know about oxidants as medicine.
I hate to talk too much about politics, but in the U.S., a medicine won’t be profitable unless it can be patented. You can’t patent something that occurs naturally. And there’s no way to manipulate oxygen yet to make it so it can be patentable (if you manipulate oxygen in the laboratory to make it into something that doesn’t occur naturally, it’s no longer oxygen). Thus, this information is covered up so that patients keeps buying patentable/profitable medicines that Big Pharma controls.
So, getting back to the original thread, it’s important that you realize that NAC and CDS will cancel each other out if you use them at the same time. If you’re taking NAC to prevent COVID, you can switch to CDS if you’d like to kill the virus. You can do that. And you should know that the CDS will boost your body’s immune response if that’s what you choose to do. But alternatively, you could keep taking NAC and skip the CDS (because otherwise neither one of them will work), knowing that the NAC is working through different mechanisms in the body. NAC is an antioxidant, so it cleans out the organs and tissues and it boosts general functioning of organs and systems in the body. In people who are immune compromised or the elderly, NAC may be a better choice because of its ability to promote healing for systems that aren’t functioning optimally. Both CDS and NAC are viable medicines. But you have to pick one or the other! You can switch at any time, but NAC has a half life of about 5.6 hours and CDS has a half life of about 1.5 hours. So, during the switchover from NAC to CDS or vice versa, you might lose some of the potency of one or the other medicine for a brief period of time.
That being said, high-dose NAC would be my first choice for long-term prevention of COVID-19 unless I was exposed and I knew I’d been exposed to COVID. Then, I might take 3 doses of 6 activated drops of CDS + DMSO for 24 hours (1 dose–wait 12 hours–1 dose—wait 12 hours—1 dose). Read up here on CDS and DMSO so that you understand how to use these medicines. After those post-exposure doses, I’d switch back to taking NAC again.
If I had COVID and I knew it, I think I’d be more inclined to use CDS to treat the disease, but that’s just because I have years of experience using CDS to treat major health problems like cancer and malaria, so I have a lot of faith in CDS for the treatment of infection. But NAC has worked miracles for our family too in terms of addiction. So, in my book, both are viable at-home COVID treatments.
For those who are scared of CDS, NAC is a safe alternative.
NAC, Vitamin C, and Methylene Blue for At-Home COVID Treatment
One final note: NAC, vitamin C, and Methylene Blue work well together. A group of researchers reported in the European Journal of Pharmacology that they used Methylene Blue, Vitamin C, and NAC together as a last ditch effort to save 5 patients who were dying of COVID. Four of the five patients recovered and responded well to the treatment. These three medicines are all available over-the-counter. They are all affordable and they are all anti-oxidants.
For more information about Methylene Blue for COVID, read this article. The article contains information about Methylene Blue dosages for COVID-19 as well as how to use Methylene Blue in a nebulizer.
For COVID Treatment or Prevention at Home:
- Take 6000 mg of vitamin C per day in divided doses (1500 mg 4 times per day).
- Take Methylene Blue at the first sign of COVID at 1-2 mg per kilogram of body weight. Follow the advice in this article to find the right dose for your body weight.
- Take 1200-2400 mg of NAC daily.
This is a high-powered anti-oxidant treatment for COVID that combines the magical blood-oxygenation properties of Methylene Blue with the positive, healing effects of high-dose vitamin C and high-dose NAC on all organs and systems of the body. Again, don’t use this protocol with Chlorine Dioxide for COVID or some of the positive effects will be diminished. The NAC, Vitamin C, and Methylene Blue protocol is a stand-alone treatment for COVID that’s appropriate for people who are treating themselves at home as well as for people who are dying of the disease. You could, however, safely add a dose of Shilajit into this treatment protocol to enhance its antiviral effects.
If you have a loved one who is not responding to COVID treatment in a hospital setting, consider referring your doctor to this research article.
Other Important Links:
Zhongcheng, S., Puyo, C. A. (2020). N-Acetylcysteine to Combat COVID-19: An Evidence Review. Retrieved April 27, 2021 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7649937/
van Zandwijk, N. (1995). N-Acetylcysteine for Lung Cancer Prevention. Retrieved April 27, 2021 from https://journal.chestnet.org/article/S0012-3692(16)38220-4/fulltext
Sochman, J. (2002). N-acetylcysteine in acute cardiology: 10 years later: What do we know and what would we like to know?! Retrieved April 27, 2021 from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735109702017977
Alamdari, D. H. (2020). Application of Methylene Blue – Vitamin C – N-Acetyl Cysteine for treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients, report of a phase-I clinical trial. Retrieved April 27, 2021 from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0014299920305860