Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+) is a remarkable molecule that is used within the body in numerous, complex ways (which we’ve written about before). A cofactor for multiple biological processes, NAD+ is critical for maintaining cellular energy, DNA repair, gene expression, and immunoregulation.
While there are certainly more, here are 5 ways that NAD+ has the power to improve your health and change your life for the better.
- Prevents Age-Related and Other Diseases
Depletion of NAD+ (and related mitochondrial dysfunction) in the body has been associated with hallmarks of aging, and may underlie a wide-range of age-related diseases, such as metabolic disorders, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Evidence suggests that elevation of NAD+ levels may slow or even reverse certain aspects of aging and age-related diseases. One way it does this is by combating oxidative stress, which is a major factor associated with age-related diseases.
“There is a growing awareness that oxidative stress plays a key role not only in the aging process, but also in various degenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic inflammation.”(via Plosone.org)
Additionally, NAD+ shows promise for the treatment of a wide range of dermatological conditions, including autoimmune blistering disorders, acne, rosacea, aging skin and atopic dermatitis. Studies have even shown that it has the potential for preventing skin cancers.
- Boosts Stamina, Energy, and Muscle Recovery
NAD+ plays an important role in producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – the “fuel” produced by our mitochondria that supports cellular respiration, replication of DNA, and muscle contractions. Essentially, the more ATP that is produced within the body, the greater our energy levels and muscle function. NAD+ can be used to boost athletic performance, alleviate jet lag, and even treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Improves Memory, Focus, and Cognitive Function
In addition to slowing neurodegenerative disease, studies have shown that NAD+ plays a vital role in maintaining healthy brain function in other ways. Specifically, it is linked to improving neuroplasticity and helping to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin (our “happy” hormone). Some of the cognitive benefits clients readily notice are:
- Enhanced mental clarity and concentration
- Improved memory
- Elevated mood
- Deeper sleep
- Reduces Inflammation
Another way NAD+ is so powerful is in its ability to reduce inflammation. A family of protein molecules called sirtuins have been found to play a crucial role in regulating the body’s inflammatory and stress responses. Sirtuins require the NAD+ coenzyme in order to function properly, which in turn affects literally everything in our bodies, including our immune system, pain, metabolism, cardiovascular health, and overall longevity.
- Aids in Addiction Recovery
NAD+ is not a cure for addiction. However, it is a powerful and natural therapeutic agent for reducing withdrawal symptoms, curbing cravings, and enhancing detoxification from alcohol, opioid, chemical, and prescription drug dependencies. Additionally, because toxins like alcohol and drugs can deplete the body of NAD+, these clients inherently suffer from fatigue and cognitive issues, which can be alleviated by NAD+ supplementation.
NAD+ is available at all of our Bay Area Lounge locations as an IM injection or IV drip. Ask one of our licensed medical professionals about getting started! You can also message us via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Email.