Do you want to hack your biology to recover, feel and perform better than ever? Of course you do. Who doesn’t, right? Most people know about supplements, eating healthy, exercising and sleeping eight hours a night. But less people know about the more specialist ways to upgrade yourself, like IV infusions. New on the scene, but contenders that are here to stay, IV infusions go straight into your bloodstream, providing nutrients that make you boosted. Our favorite infusion? NAD+. Let’s get into it.
What is NAD+?
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, also known as NAD+, is a coenzyme that is found naturally in every cell in your body and is essential for countless metabolic processes and over 500 enzymatic reactions. NAD+ is required to convert fuel into energy, to fulfil a number of key functions like muscular movement, blood circulation, DNA repair, metabolism, energy levels and mitochondrial function.
It’s been on the scene since 1906, where scientists are said to have discovered it while examining fermentation by the yeast cells. But has grown in popularity in the health industry as scientists learn about its profound benefits for aging. As per a 2018 study, NAD+ naturally decreases as we age, which led researchers to conclude that as NAD+ decreases, the hallmarks of aging begin, including: increased disease risk, age-associated metabolic disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and mental disorders. So, to slow down aging, NAD+ levels must be maintained, so that they can continue to contribute to the hundreds of enzymatic functions of the body.
There are a number of NAD+ precursors – nicotinic acid, nicotinamide and nicotinamide riboside – that convert to NAD+, or you can get a boost of NAD+ delivered straight into your bloodstream, via an infusion. But before we get into that, what are the benefits of NAD+?
What are the benefits of NAD+?
As mentioned, our levels of NAD+ decrease with age, and can decrease more rapidly in the case of certain lifestyle factors, like a nutrient poor diet or inflammation. This is because specific nutrients in food convert to NAD+, like vitamin B3, found in animal products, mushrooms, brown rice, avocados and others. If you haven’t had a great diet throughout your life, or you’re an older adult, it’s likely that your health and longevity is being impacted by the decrease of NAD+, and thus – should seek to replenish it.
You should seek to replenish your NAD+ levels because it’s essential for vitality, and, in fact – life itself. Studies show that if you have low NAD+, you’re more likely to age quicker and at a higher risk of developing metabolic disorders. Giving yourself an NAD+ boost can bring about amazing benefits, including:
- Feeling energized
- Mental clarity
- Improved cognitive performance
- Improved mood and mental wellbeing
This is in part because NAD+ plays an enzymatic role in:
- Cell growth
- Circadian rhythm
- Energy metabolism
- Neuronal function
- Stress resistance
- Bodyweight regulation
- Fighting oxidative stress
Without enough of it, you’re going to struggle.
Let’s get into some of the research on NAD+
A recent study published in Cell Metabolism in 2019 examined the role of NAD+ boosters. The researchers found links between NAD+ levels and obesity; because key enzymes in NAD+ signaling pathways are known to prevent fatty liver diseases like fat accumulation and insulin resistance. In fact, an animal study found that when mice were treated with NAD+, they were able to treat and prevent obesity, improve blood glucose levels and mitochondrial function – all essential biomarkers of health and longevity.
One of the key hallmarks of aging is muscular atrophy and inflammation. A 2013 study published in the journal Cell found that treating old mice with NAD+ precursors, they experienced ‘dramatically improved’ muscle function. This happened because NAD+ plays a role in mitochondrial function, reducing inflammation and helps ATP production, for exercise performance.
NAD+ has neuroprotective effects, meaning that it protects your brain and supports cognitive performance. Studies show NAD+ therapy can delay the effects of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, and improves cognition and neural plasticity. This can help boost memory recall, mental clarity, energy levels and attention span. It does this because NAD+ powers our brain cells, without enough, your brain can’t function optimally.
Another aspect of cognitive health is your mood. NAD+ is a precursor to various metabolic pathways including: serotonin, melatonin, dopamine, noradrenaline and kynurenine – to name a few. You’ve likely heard of some of these, like serotonin, due to its connection with your mood. Without NAD+, you can’t produce these important hormones and metabolites, resulting in deficiency or dysfunction. Serotonin deficiency is linked to many conditions like depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, brain fog and obesity. Ensuring your NAD+ levels are high will allow the rest of the associated functions to work properly, so that you can feel your best.
NAD+ has anti-inflammatory properties. An animal study found that when treated with NAD+ precursors, inflammatory markers decreased. Inflammation is known to be at the root of all diseases and illness, ranging from obesity to acne – inflammation is involved. Reducing levels of inflammation in the body is associated with improved general and cognitive health, as well as improved mood, energy levels and a reduced risk of all-cause mortality. Want to know one of the best ways to reduce inflammation? NAD+.
NAD+ IV Infusion Therapy
If you’ve got this far, you’ve heard all about the benefits of supplementing with the precursors of NAD+, like niacin. But what would happen if you delivered high doses of NAD+ directly into the bloodstream by way of intravenous (IV) infusion? The effects are astounding. The benefits of IV therapy are that the nutrients totally bypass the digestive system – which can delay or negate the effects – instead going straight into the bloodstream to be used immediately by the cells that need it.
Regular NAD+ therapy will help to repair cells that have been damaged by aging, oxidative stress, inflammation, toxins, environmental stressors and poor nutrient availability. You might think you’re doing good – but could you do better? Absolutely. And NAD+ Infusion Therapy is here to get you there.