Based on what we’ve seen, the first 3 days are pretty important, with a lot of changes going on. The product is easily used up during that period, given how much is going on in the body, so we recommend the following protocol:
Day 1-3: Take 4 tablets, 3 times a day (12 total tablets per day) for 3 days.
Day 4-5: Take note of your overall condition. If no relief is experienced, then take note of energy levels. If energy levels at least are improved, then continue the same dosage for day 4 and 5. If no energy improvement, increase the dosage to 5 tablets, 3 times a day for day 4 and 5 (15 total tablets per day). Increased energy levels are the usual barometer that the person has taken enough — it is possible that it is all used up in the body and there isn’t enough excess for increased energy levels.
Day 6: Drop to 4 tablets twice per day (8 total tablets per day). If relief is not already felt by then, it is simply going to take longer but one needs to be patient. For most people there should be some sort of relief at this point. One to two bottles will be enough to tell you if it’s going to help you.
It is recommended to take the doses first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and around 3 pm in the afternoon. For a small number who have too much energy at night or suffer from mild anxiety (as in the one case in a thousand who feels agitation — perhaps as a result of too much serotonin), take it closer to lunch time or with lunch. The excess amino acids are then used up and the person feels normal.
- There is a difference between active people and sedentary people. We have seen that the sooner people become active (even mildly active), the more they improve.
- Exercise does consume the protein, which is then used for repair and recovery of damage caused by the exercise as well as the rest of the functionality. Taking higher doses with strenuous exercise is recommended.
- Taking it on an empty stomach and with food does make a difference to the person and how they respond. For most, taking it on an empty stomach has given a better result.
- There are a few people who feel nauseous when taking high dosages or when taking it on an empty stomach. In the past, the answer has been to either take it with a meal or take very small doses more regularly, which in a lot of cases helped the person overcome the nausea and they were able to start taking higher doses in a week or two.
- Increasing overall water intake is recommended, unless already quite high.
- For people with chronic immune overactivity, we have noted that on some occasions when the this did not want to disappear, a change in the diet helped. We then developed the following dietary protocol which had very good results. For the first 3 days, have absolutely nothing but a "neutral fruit/vegetable" diet consisting of fresh neutral fruits and an oil such as avocado oil, coconut or olive oil, "neutral fruit/vegetables" being:
- Red Bell Peppers
- Lettuce (not a fruit, but always added – being cleansing and turning the meal into a proper salad)
- No diet changes are required for the product to work, but people often voluntarily change their diet. Reducing the amount of sugar intake voluntarily often happens.
The most we have given anyone was 40 tablets in one day, given to an ultra-marathon runner before and during a 110 km ultra-marathon in Vietnam. He improved his time from the previous year by 1.5 hours and had no pain the next day. Had he had 6 or 8 tablets, I’m pretty sure he would not have experienced that level of benefit, as it gets used up under severe stress, duress or energy expenditure and in those cases higher dosages is required.
We have what we call a "sports protocol," which is to take half the dosage 20 minutes to half an hour before exercise, and half immediately after, which then increases both performance and recovery. If there is a lot of endurance required, typically an additional half dosage would be taken halfway through the event (especially in the case of a marathon or cycle race), which gives the athletes a "fresh pair of legs."
This supplement is usually very well tolerated, even for people who seem to be sensitive to everything. Occasionally though we do see nausea or overstimulation.
For maintenance, the vast majority of people do best with the mid-range dose, four tablets twice a day. There are occasions, which are very few and far between, when people respond to different dosages. I had one situation when a woman was taking 4 tablets a day and feeling aggravated moods, changing her to two a day — one in the morning, one in the afternoon — flipped the moods around and she was constantly in a good mood.
There have been times when a few people have felt nauseous (usually they have been taking the dosage all at once). Splitting the dosage over the day — in one case it was split into 2 tablets 4 times a day — gave them the benefits without the nausea.