What’s All the Fuss About NAD?

Dr. Phillip Milgram, Scripps Memorial Hospital, heralds NAD+ as potentially one of the greatest advances in medical science since the invention of penicillin. Some scientists are calling it the “golden nucleotide” and Scientific American entitled it the “linchpin of energy metabolism.” Dr. Richard Mestayer, leading authority on NAD infusions in the United States, says, “NAD+ is probably as important as oxygen to make cells work.” 

NAD+ is an appreciated abbreviation for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide. It was discovered more than 100 years ago. In the past decade, research has uncovered a vast amount of knowledge about the functions of NAD+. There were some who made an attempt to keep NAD+ properties hush-hush, calling it by other names such as ‘Coenzyme 1’ or ‘amino acid therapy.’ Greedily, they hoped to market it only to the wealthy. Fortunately, the ‘secret ingredient’ was identified for what it is: the amazing coenzyme living in every cell of your body that, sadly, diminishes over time. What was once exclusive to a select population is now becoming more widely available to all.

NAD+ is by no means a panacea. It does, however, provide ample improvement from a wide variety of symptoms. Many of the illnesses that can benefit from an increase in NAD+ have been desperate for symptom relief. For example, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease have struggled to receive an effective pharmaceutical for many years. Substance addiction has had little help with treating cravings during withdrawal. Currently, science cannot explain why DNA repairs decline with age. However, NAD+ infusions are beneficial for symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, addiction cravings, and anti-aging. These are just a sampling of the tremendous amount of benefits from NAD+!

Let’s start with some basics. As mentioned, NAD+ is a coenzyme found in every living cell of your body. As we age, we produce less and less NAD+.  By the age of 60, you have approximately half the NAD+ that you had at age 20. Why is this concerning? Declining NAD+ results in metabolic dysfunction, age-related diseases, and contributes to aging. NAD+ repairs your cells and DNA damage. Not only does it repair, it also replicates and protects cells. Remarkable! 

The key consumer of NAD+ as we age is inflammation. You probably don’t realize the damage that systemic inflammation does to your body as you age. Poor diet, lack of exercise, bad air quality, and free radicals are the main contributors to systemic inflammation. When you consider that inflammation leads to lower NAD+, and lower NAD+ leads to aging and disease, it follows that aging and disease lead to less exercise, thereby increasing blood sugar. Taking into account that high blood sugar dramatically increases inflammation, you find yourself right back at the start of a vicious cycle.

Of course, inflammation is just one of the ways we use up the NAD+ in our body. It has so many roles to play in our health. Whether it’s to increase cellular energy, protect our cells from disease causing mutations, or any of the other essential biological processes NAD+ performs, our bodies thrive when NAD+ abounds. Fortunately, there are ways to increase your NAD+ levels with diet, exercise, supplements, and IV infusions. Infusions are the most effective route of flooding your body with NAD+. The cost can be daunting, at first glance. However, when weighed against your health and the cost burden of aging, diseases, and illnesses, it is an invaluable investment in your overall wellness, lifespan, and quality of life.

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