Once you are born, growth starts. Growth begins right from the uterus. But, as you grow, so are you aging. The cells, tissues, and organs of your body get older and weaker.
But what if you find out that there is a way you can reverse or slow down aging? What if you learn that a co-enzyme in your body might play a role in age reversal? Here, we want to talk about NAD+, the new age-reversing miracle.
What is NAD?
NAD+ is the abbreviation for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, a co-enzyme found within every cell in the body needed for numerous metabolic processes.
NAD is synthesized from vitamin B3 (niacin) and the amino acids aspartate and tryptophan. It has been in use since the 1960s for alcohol and drug withdrawals. Recently its use has been considered not just for alcohol and drug withdrawals but for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
How NAD Works
NAD is found in the cells of the body. Remember, cells of the body differ depending on where they are located and the roles they play. For instance, cells found in the thyroid gland are designed to produce thyroid hormones. The cells of the pancreas (alpha and beta cells) produce the hormones glucagon and insulin while the cells found in the small intestine, on the other hand, are meant to function to absorb nutrients after we ingest food. They are all cells but are specialized to carry out specific functions.
Every single cell should be independent and should be able to function on its own. The mitochondria from the powerhouse of the cell, providing energy for the cell. The energy it produces is called ATP, and it needs NAD to produce this energy. This means the body requires NAD to generate energy. Neurons in the brain require NAD to release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
NAD is needed by all cells in the body, and our body needs so much of this co-enzyme. However, there is an issue- NAD starts declining as we age!
What happens when NAD levels in the cells reduce? There will be an accumulation of toxins in the cells. The cells won't function optimally as before. The production of hormones will be diminished, and even energy production would slow down. There will be increased inflammation as well. All these lead to cell aging and cell death.
Uses of NAD
NAD has been cited as a co-factor central to metabolism and useful for producing energy. By producing energy, cells will be able to carry out their functions well, which includes getting rid of toxins. In this way, NAD helps in reversing aging.
Another way NAD acts as an anti-aging enzyme is through DNA repairs. NAD supports and fastens the repair of DNAs
With NAD IV, you can reverse aging or, to some extent, reduce the pace at which we age. Studies have shown that NAD reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. It has also been adopted as a detoxification strategy for patients who have been using psych medications like antidepressants, anxiolytics, and analgesics for a long time.
Studies suggest that NAD rejuvenates brain cells and can help improve mental health, leading to increased concentration, focus, and quality of sleep. NAD helps with recovery from pain after an intense workout, for instance.
NAD is also an immune system booster. It helps enhance the immune system by improving immune response, acting as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory substance, and liver detoxification.
Who Can Benefit From NAD?
Since NAD helps provide energy to the body, clear up toxins from the cells, and relieve pain, there are many people that might benefit from its usefulness.
NAD can be beneficial to:
People that have chronic fatigue syndrome
People with compromised immune systems
People suffering from chronic neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Other people that might benefit from NAD include people suffering from Lyme disease and people infected with Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).
Note that NAD doesn’t treat these medical conditions, but it can help manage those conditions. It puts one in a better mood and helps deal with the pain.
Side effects of NAD
According to Dr. Payam Hakim, a certified family physician and medical practitioner in Beverly Hills, CA, so far, “there is no documented adverse effect of NAD." However, have you ever heard that too much of everything is bad? Well, this applies to NAD as well. While the body cells need NAD for optimum function, when it is present in excess, it might cause side effects.
Excess NAD would cause the opposite of its positive effects. For instance, instead of reducing anxiety, it would cause over-anxiety. Also, increasing the rate of administration during NAD IV infusion has been shown to increase heart rate and sweating.
Some effects of NAD on the body include:
Obesity or overweight
Resistance to weight loss
Lean muscle mass
Improvement in athletic ability
NAD+ IV infusion
Asides from the natural synthesis of B3 and dietary sources, NAD can be administered intravenously. It is advisable to take it alongside other IV nutrition like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and glutathione.
With NAD IV protocols, you can gain different NAD benefits, as already mentioned in this article. The NAD protocols bear an outlook like this:
NAD Revitalize (For cell rejuvenation and revitalization)
NAD NutriGlow (to give your skin that young age shine and glow)
NAD Exercise Training Load (for better and improved work out sessions)
NAD weight loss (to help with normal weight maintenance)
NAD Detox (for detoxification)
NAD Stress Formula (for managing stress)
Some of the supplements that can be taken alongside NAD IV protocols in order to achieve maximum result include:
Vitamin B-complex (remember NAD is synthesized from vitamin B3 and vitamins play an important role in different enzymatic reactions).
Metabolic GH (an amino acid molecule)
Coenzyme Q10 (important for the mitochondria functions)
Mitochondria boost (contains ingredients useful to the mitochondria for carrying out its operations).
DetoxiLever for patients going through liver detoxification processes
Before administering a NAD IV infusion, your physician will first look at your body physiology, check out your hormones and brain physiology to check out markers like dopamine, serotonin, GABA, glutamate, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. The physician would then use the right combination of supplements and IV nutrients to help manage your condition and attain the desired result.
Physicians have recorded successful use of NAD in managing patients with health conditions of different aetiologies, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, and anxiety disorders.
NAD IV infusion has been used alongside other supplements in managing disease symptoms. Most significantly, NAD has been indicated to be helpful in reversing or slowing down aging.