What is NAD+?
NAD+ is a coenzyme you need to stay alive. As a “helper” molecule, it binds to other enzymes in your body to facilitate reactions at the molecular level and this produces positive outcomes on your health.
How to boost NAD+ levels in your body
You cannot adsorb NAD+ from your diet, but there are dietary precursors that do help your body make NAD+. For instance, you can increase NAD+ levels in your body by:
- Intravenous (iV) NAD+ administration is the most effective way to boost the level of NAD+ in
- Exercising. Along with many other physical benefits, this increases NAD+ levels.
- Eating raw foods rich in Vitamin B which help increase NAD+ levels.
- Eliminating processed foods which can make it harder for your body to produce NAD+.
- Consuming higher levels of proteins. Proteins obtained from foods such as poultry, fish, mushrooms, nuts and eggs are excellent sources of NAD+ precursors.
- Fasting. When you are fasting, your body produces more NAD+ to convert fat into energy. Intermittent fasting as part of your overall health plan can help you feel better and maintain your health and weight.
How does the amount of NAD+ in my body affect my health?
Low levels of NAD+ are often accompanied by negative health consequences. As you age, your NAD+ supplies decline. Recently, research has shown that NAD+ has positive impacts at a cellular level in your body that affects the aging process, inflammation, sleep cycles, immunity, oxidative stress, and brain & nerve function.
Why is NAD+ necessary for my body?
The depletion of NAD+ can negatively affect the health and functioning of your body at the cellular level and this results in cell death.
Here are a few conditions that can suppress levels of NAD+:
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Natural aging
- Brain injury or trauma
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Substance abuse
- Anxiety & depression
- Neurodegenerative diseases
NAD+ & Aging
Research shows NAD+ levels in the body decline by about 50% by the age of 50. By the age of 80, NAD+ levels are reduced to only 10%. This partially explains the decline in cognitive function and ability to repair cellular damage with aging. It also leads to a decline in the function of cells and organs. As you age, the telomeres in your DNA shorten which increases disease risk. Recent studies show that replenishment of NAD+ slows this process.
NAD+ & Substance Abuse
In some patients, NAD+ has been shown to significantly reduce the severity of craving associated with opiate and alcohol withdrawal as well as reduce the number of relapses.