So it’s overdue but as of December 23rd I’ve reached six months of using sarcosine. If you’ve looked up sarcosine you might have read that they recommend that you try it for at least six months. Sarcosine is an amino acid that helps a certain type of receptor in your brain. It helps when it breaks down into one of the chemical forms your brain uses to communicate. In some recent study’s it’s been found that some people with schizophrenia have a lower amount of this chemical and in theory, it makes it harder for the communication to take place. More studies are needed to prove without doubt that this is one of the causes of schizophrenia but I have to say that in the last six months, I’ve come a long way.
I take four grams a day of sarcosine, two in the morning and two in the late afternoon. They recommend that you start with one gram, half in the morning and the other half in the late afternoon. They say late afternoon because it may give you a lot of energy. So unless you’re a night owl I would recommend listening to their advice. So during a period of a few weeks they say to gradually up your dose until it feels right for you but only to the max of four grams a day. If you reach a certain point and you become very agitated or you feel an unpleasant feeling you should not be alarmed. Just go back down to the previous dose, as the one you’re on maybe to much for you.
So on to my experience so far, keep in mind that your experience will be different and I recommend you do your research before trying it. This is merely my review for my experience of the product.
I would first like to point out the biggest impact sarcosine has had on me, my ability to recognize my symptoms has greatly improved. By greatly improved I mean before it I couldn’t recognize my symptoms. After reaching six months of taking this supplement, I can confidently say that I am able to see the signs of my schizophrenia acting up and take corrective action such as: taking a day off of work, taking some to-do items off my list and recognizing how something is affecting my mental health. As we know this can be a strong tool when self managing our illness. I can say that it has also taking some of the stress off my wife as less frequently she’s asked me what’s wrong. She’s told me I get a look in my eyes that tells her my illness is acting up. Believe me when I say that the look is very real.
Speaking of the look I get, another thing that could be said is that I don’t go into that state of mind where I am partially sick as often if at all. I believe that along with my self management of my illness the sarcosine is also helping me not fall into the self help phase. It helps in many ways, it provides clarity of mind as well as your ability to handle stressful encounters that life often throws at us.
Another positive I’ve noticed is that my ability to concentrate for longer periods has greatly improved. This has helped me at work, home, with conversations as well as my writing ability. Over the past six months I’ve noticed myself hitting less and less mental barriers long associated with schizophrenia. I’ve mentioned before that sometimes it’s a battle just to accomplish simple tasks such as getting to work on time or even just brushing my teeth, making sure I eat some food or even just combing my hair. Such barriers can make life extremely difficult and stressful as well as impact my happiness, which just creates a downward spiral. I’m happy to say that these barriers are few and far between these days. Keep in mind that sarcosine isn’t a miracle supplement and you will still have your setbacks but in my experience the good has been outweighing the bad. This has made me a much happier person.
What I’ve long struggled with is being social. I’ve always been great at small talk but even just maintaining a friendship at work could be extremely taxing on me. Since sarcosine started taking effect I’ve noticed my relationships have become closer and more fulfilling. My coworkers have started hanging out with me outside of work, we talk more often and I’ve been introduced to their friends. This is a major milestone for me. My ability to feel great amounts of joy from being social has greatly improved.
Speaking of feeling more joy, I have to say that my ability to feel pure joy and maintain a positive and happy mood has altered my state of mind in a profound way. One of my big problems to date was my inability to maintain the feeling of joy over things happening in my life. The intensity of this feeling has also evolved into something so beautiful that recently I’ve almost been moved to tears because of how happy I was. Let me state this as a fact, I have never in my entire life been moved to tears because of happiness or even come close to it. For the longest period in my life I’ve woken up happy and gone to bed happy more consistently and this has caused my general well being to greatly improve.
My general well-being improving has meant for me that I am taking better care of myself. Self care can be a daily challenge for someone like me and I can embarrassingly say that at one point in my life, I was the smelly kid in class. Since starting sarcosine I’ve received more compliments about how good I smell then ever before in my life. I’ve also put a lot more thought into my image than ever before, something I never cared about much in my life. My teeth are whiter, my hair is better maintained and I’ve now developed a will as well as want to look better.
All of these improvements and many more have cascaded into a better me. Someone that I’m starting to like and I have become more accepting of myself. I’ve started to see my real potential.
A big fear of mine was that at some point in my life I wouldn’t be fit to work. Most recently my work ethic and drive has improved monumentally and I have received compliments about how well I preform tasks at work. I have to say that I am proud of myself because of how well I’ve been working. Before work was always a struggle but I’ve been taught and I am a big believer in working hard, no matter what you’re doing. Now I am able to not only want to work hard but to actually do so.
It’s been an amazing journey, starting sarcosine and reaching this point. For once in my life I have hope that I will go places in life and that I’ll represent myself in a positive manner. I highly recommend sarcosine for you or the loved one in your life and I hope with all my heart that it does for you as it has done for me. Good luck to you all.