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.