by Matt Weik
Over the years we’ve watched the FDA remove ingredients and supplements that ACTUALLY WORK. Why does the FDA have such an acid test for the supplement industry? Is it because supplements that actually work are being taken away by Big Pharma and so they step in to protect these pharmaceutical crooks … me my companies? In their latest edition of “I have nothing better to do, let’s ban a dietary supplement,” the FDA decided to reverse a long-standing decision to ban NAC (N-acetylcysteine) over-the-counter sales.
It seems like we go through this every year when the FDA has too much time. Let’s discuss.
Did Big Pharma Influence NAC Supplements Ban?
First of all, I don’t have all the answers here, and I’m not going to pretend I know anything that no one else knows. I’m just leaving my opinion and what I think happened. However, at this point in time, the FDA has not provided any real reason as to why NAC supplements were a target and banned from being sold as a dietary supplement. So we can only speculate.
Mind you, Big Pharma has NAC available by prescription. Gee, I was wondering if they had anything to do with that decision? Could you be losing money because NAC supplements are nothing more than an amino acid that helps you make glutathione, which is an incredibly powerful immune booster and liver antioxidant (to protect the liver)?
Or could it be that glutathione has been a hot topic of conversation lately due to the pandemic, and some experts say that glutathione can help protect you from contracting the virus and minimize symptoms in the event you become infected with it?
Here’s something I don’t understand … unless the NAC supplement ban was only the first step, then why should they ban NAC supplements when you can go to a drug store or even your local grocery store, who sells nutritional supplements and buys pure glutathione supplements?
NAC supplements can also be used as an expectorant to help improve the airways by loosening the buildup of mucus that can cause blockage. This made NAC supplements a great option for those who didn’t want a prescription to get rid of their congestion problems. And to be honest, I don’t blame them.
I will do whatever I can to stay away from anything that comes from Big Pharma as I don’t trust a single product they put out. When you look at the side effects of all prescription drugs, the side effects are worse than the symptoms you’re currently suffering from.
Diet supplement brands are creeping up now
If you’ve been in the industry and have been on social media, you will see many supplement brands struggling to figure out what to do next. Are you fighting against it? Are they still allowing the FDA the ability (on a whim) to ban anything they want – like they just did with NAC supplements? Are they completely wiping off any supplements that have NAC in their formula? Are you trying to reformulate to save the product? There is so much to think about and take into account.
That being said, Amazon just got its thumb up its ass on every supplement brand that contained NAC supplements or supplements that contained the ingredient. Many brands found that Amazon (without notice) removed NAC supplements from their website.
Look, Amazon has the ability to do what they want on their website (which includes them listing illegal peptides for sale on the website and in a statement that they did nothing wrong in selling it – kind of hypocritical, right? ), but withdrawing the products completely without notice to the brands sucks if you want my honest opinion.
What are these supplement brands supposed to do with these NAC supplements that retailers will require the brand to return the product and charge a chargeback? Not only will these health supplement brands accept the cost of shipping back, but if they can’t sell them, they’ll lose the profits from the supplements. Most brands will likely destroy the NAC supplements if they are unable to quickly liquidate them or simply tell the retailer to destroy the product (which you know they will sell through inventory) to make a profit and still make a chargeback) up to the supplementary stamp.
A lot of people might say, “Well, these supplement companies knew this was in the pipeline, so they should have planned and turned around better.” Yes, I get it. The fact is, however, that NAC supplements are nothing more than an amino acid and antioxidant product. I mean, seriously, doesn’t that sound completely ridiculous, or am I missing something here?
Anything that works is banned
Look back in history and you will find that any supplement that worked exceptionally well but had the slightest fuss has been banned. Have there been people who have abused the supplements and had problems? Absolutely. I’m not going to sit here and tell you it never happened. However, perhaps the FDA should investigate all side effects and deaths that occur from people taking prescription drugs (as recommended, not even abused). The pharmaceutical industry is far more dangerous than the supplement industry has ever been or ever will be.
I’m not sure how to fix this problem, or what can be done to stop the FDA from making these stupid decisions on the fly for no real reason. Why is anything that can improve people’s health only good for big drug companies (and even that is ridiculous, since big drug companies don’t care about health or cure, they just want to manage enough to keep them as customers? For life) – they are only concerned with making money).
Get it while you can!
If you’re looking to get your hands on NAC nutritional supplements, I recommend buying them once you’ve read this article while you still can. I’m sure there will be some people out there who will buy whatever they can find and then sell it online for a profit (and good for them, that’s the entrepreneurship of turning things around).
But if you can buy them and are really interested in using them, many of the NAC supplements you can find should have a shelf life of well over a year so you can stock up without worrying about that the product gets bad on you before you can use it all.
What are your thoughts on that? Do you think NAC supplements should have been banned or is the FDA again unfairly targeting the dietary supplement industry trying to protect big pharma? Let us know in the comments below.