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NAC smelling funny

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by talkinghead, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. talkinghead

    talkinghead

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    Not sure if this is the right category to post this thread, if not please let me know which would be better.

    I received a bottle of NAC and after opening I noticed the content has some noticeable odor. Is this normal or it means something is wrong?

    Thank you.
     
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    Mary Moderator

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  3. Tally

    Tally Senior Member

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    What a nice way to say it stinks like a dead fish :p

    Yeah, my L-carnitine stinks too. I think they probably extract N acetyl cystein from fish too.
     
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  4. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    A quick Google search indicates an odor is not uncommon with NAC. It is apparently the sulfur content that can cause this smell.
     
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    It's normal, it is a sulfur amino acid and therefore has a strong sulfur smell.

    I buy the powder crystals and avoid expensive capsules as much as possible because they are bad VFM.
     
  6. talkinghead

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    Somehow it didn’t occur to me I can try to google it before asking..

    Anyway, thanks for all the replies.
     
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    Hip Senior Member

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    I nearly always find that someone somewhere on the Internet has had the same issues (whatever the issue), so I am fond of asking Google.
     
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    LOL! N-acetyl cysteine should reek of sulfur. The cysteine molecule has sulfur in it. NAC is used in medicine in huge doses to treat acetaminophen overdoses. It's also used to break up mucus in cystic fibrosis and to treat other toxicities. You can always tell what patient is getting that treatment by the stench emanating from their bodily fluids... So, yes, your N-AC is normal.
     
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