Introducing PharmaNAC: A High Quality NAC Supplement
The antioxidant N-Acetyl-cysteine, also known as NAC, got some much deserved attention as a natural alternative to managing PCOS when a report published in the European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology showed this derivative of the amino acid L-cysteine performed equally as well as metformin on improving weight, insulin, hirsutism, and irregular periods (if you missed our latest blog post about the benefits of NAC for PCOS you can read it here). Other added benefits of NAC include maintenance of good respiratory function, treatment of colds and to support a healthy immune system. I was surprised to learn that NAC is actually one of the highest selling over-the-counter supplements in Europe! That's why I am thrilled to introduce to you a great NAC product called PharmaNAC.
There are several reasons why I recommend PharmaNAC. The first is that it is a high quality, pharmaceutical grade product made by BioAdvantexPharma, a nutraceutical company who follows GMP-compliant manufacturing standards. Normally NAC oxidizes very quickly when it's exposed to air; this can break down the product, making NAC less effective. In a pill form, NAC is exposed to air longer (that explains why they smell so bad) and therefore, may not be as effective. With PharmaNAC, NAC is the form of an effervescent tablet, so the only time it really has to be exposed to air is from the time you dissolve it in water and drink it. Since it is in a liquid form, NAC is absorbed quicker, completely and uniformly than a pill version which first has to travel to the stomach to be absorbed. Furthermore, each of the PharmaNAC tablets are sealed by four layers of protection to keep moisture and air out (one woman reportedly put her tablets through the wash machine and the packaging remained intact).
I like that PharmaNAC is an effervescent tablet, not a capsule form, as women with PCOS may be swallowing many pills (medication or other supplements) in a given day to manage their PCOS. Women who don't like swallowing pills will really like this. As for the taste, the best way to describe it as like a Sweetheart candy dissolved in water: a little fruity and tangy. Not bad and kind of refreshing actually (especially after a morning workout when I take it) and a good alternative to plain old water. PharmaNAC states that it can be taken with or without food. I would recommend taking it without food, in between meals to ensure the amino acids don't compete for absorption.
Generally PharmaNAC is well tolerated and has few (if any) side effects. I suggest waiting a few minutes for the tablet to completely dissolve before drinking it to minimize any burping from the fizz. Once dissolved, it is recommended to drink it within an hour to prevent any oxidation. Avoid taking it with any dairy products as the acidity of PharmaNAC is close to that of orange juice. The therapeutic amount of NAC used in the handful of studies done in women with PCOS is 1.8 to 3 grams daily. Each PharmaNAC tablet contains 900 mg so you would need to take two to three tablets daily, divided during the day. You should not exceed 7 grams of PharmaNAC and it may interfere with antibiotics. Interactions between NAC and other dietary supplements are not known. As with all supplements, you should consult with your doctor before use.
PharmaNAC is available online at http://pharmanac.com. The only drawback is the price: at $29.88 per box (32 tablets), PharmaNAC is not cheap. I told the folks at PharmaNAC that I was writing this blog post and they are offering a 10% discount with the code pcos1280. NAC has been shown to be a promising dietary supplement for women with PCOS. PharmaNAC is the best NAC product on the market and I highly recommend women with PCOS give it a try for a few months to see what benefits it offers you.
Disclosure: I received a month supply free of charge.Sources:
Oner G, Muderris I. Clinical, endocrine and metabolic effects of metformin vs N-acetyl-cysteine in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2011 Nov;159(1):127-31.
Fulghesu AM, Ciampelli M, Muzj G, Belosi C, Selvaggi L, Ayala GF, Lanzone A. N-acetyl-cysteine treatment improves insulin sensitivity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril. 2002 Jun;77(6):1128-35.