What is NAD+?
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is a coenzyme found in all living cells and has amazing functions in the body. NAD+ allows cells to carry out all sorts of reactions and processes that generate our cells’ energy and keep our body functioning. NAD+ is necessary for mitochondria to function and helps convert nutrients into energy. NAD+ also works as a helper molecule for other proteins and thus plays a crucial role in maintaining DNA integrity and ensures proper cell function to protect our bodies from aging and disease.
Unfortunately, our NAD+ levels decrease significantly as we age, leading to DNA damage and diminished metabolic function. NAD+ has been proven to improve cellular energy levels, repair DNA, protect brain cells, serve as anti-inflammatory, improve mental acuity, curb addiction, fend off neurodegenerative disorders, increase sirtuin levels that help prevent “aging”, and reverses mitochondrial dysfunction that can be related to chronic illnesses.
There is a clear link between NAD+, energy production, and chronic illness. Low NAD+ results in low ATP levels, which quickly depletes your cells’ energy reserves. If this continues, it can lead to cell death. Depending on which types of cells this affects determines the effects on the body. For example, if nerve cells are affected, the lack of energy may manifest depression, anxiety, fatigue, and/or lack of mental focus. If heart cells are affected, it can lead to cardiovascular disease. NAD+ protects the heart, improving cardiac function, and preventing injuries to the heart caused by lack of blood flow. IV NAD+ can be used to restore energy production, especially in the nerve tissue, and may even prevent permanent damage that can lead to cognitive impairment, Parkison’s or Alzheimer’s.
In Layman’s terms, NAD+ is necessary for survival. However, as we get older, our system generates exponentially less and less of this co-enzyme. This is a major reason why as we age, we begin to feel the effects of aging and become more prone to age-related illness as the years pass by.