What Is NAD

What Is NAD

NAD+, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is a coenzyme found in all of our cells. It is essential for so many functions in the cells.  NAD a coenzyme that is involved in many biochemical oxidation-reduction reactions. This coenzyme is helping turn nutrients into energy as a key player in metabolism and working as a helper molecule for proteins that regulate other cellular functions. These processes are incredibly important. Next I would like to review why this important coenzyme is necessary to repair cells and how we can supplement it.

The Top 5 Benefits

  • Anti-Aging 
    • Many studies have found that it can protect the tissues, promote the repair of DNA and increase a person’s lifespan.
  • Diabetes 
    • There is a study in Korea in 2015 that two groups of mice, one was fed NAD supplements the other received placebo.  During that 7 day period. The mice who received the supplements experienced improved insulin levels and glucose tolerance. I see a lot of clients that had to take a fluoroquinolone have some A1C effects. The same study also noted that the total cholesterol levels in the liver were reduced. (1)
  • Insulin Resistance
    • In a fellow blogger’s article he noted that  “40 sedentary, obese, insulin-resistant men, nicotinamide riboside didn’t improve insulin sensitivity, glucose metabolism, blood lipid levels, or body composition compared to placebo after 12 weeks” (2).
  • Mitochondrial Health
    • So the powerhouse of the cell, the mitochondria needs NAD. NAD raises the nuclear and mitochondrialNAD+ levels, thereby activating nuclearSIRT1 and mitochondrialSIRT3 respectively. Though these pathways theoretically boost mitochondrial function. SIRT1 genes can further be boosted with Resveratrol or even Curcumin
  • Repair Those Tired Cells
    • There are some studies showing that NAD+ can lead to the repair of damaged DNA. NAD+ once in the body the cells will break it down to ADP-ribose, which combines with proteins to repair cells.

How To Increase NAD

You can increase your NAD naturally, though not the most effective way but it can be done. If you have a diet high in meat, the amino acid tryptophan can boost your levels of NAD. Also taking the vitamin b3 (Niacin) can also help boost your levels naturally as it is a precursor.  I also think intermittent fasting can boost your NAD levels and trigger the SIRT1 pathway. 

Supplements? IVs?

I am a firm believer in the power of IV therapy. This is the fastest and best form of getting NAD into the cells. The second best form, in my opinion, is NAD patches. In the video above I show how they are easy to get and even easier to use.  You can apply these patches and can be used in the comfort of your home and you will get the same dosages as an IV. I have a prescription from Dr. Mark Ghalili of Regenerative Medicine Los Angels.

The final form you can easily obtain and take is through supplementation. There are two forms NMN nicotinamide mononucleotide or NR nicotinamide riboside which are NAD precursors. I personally suggest this supplement from Thorne called Resveracell.

My Thoughts!

If you are looking at keeping your cells healthy and your body feeling younger, NAD should be part of your anti-aging strategy. With so many peer-reviewed studies and also double-blind studies showing the benefits that NAD can help. I use NAD in all its forms and I feel it has completely changed the way I feel for the better.  If you would like to add to this article please comment below.


(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25974041

(2) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29992272/

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