NAD stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and this molecule reacts with oxygen in every cell of the body, specifically in the mitochondria.
NAD is required for several cellular functions, particularly those involving the Krebs cycle conversion of nutrients. NAD helps convert proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals to ATP, the body’s energy molecule that helps perform essential functions.
NAD is needed for vital bodily functions including energy production, breathing, pumping blood, and much more. A lack of this cellular fuel is common in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), depression, anxiety, and even addiction issues.
As a cofactor, NAD is involved in hundreds of enzymatic reactions such as DNA repair and chromosomal stability. Issues with DNA repair and even DNA damage are linked to chronic health problems and certain types of cancers. Other enzymatic reactions that NAD is involved in include:
- The communication and signaling between immune cells
- The body’s ability to decrease inflammation
- The prevention of oxidative stress
- The production of neurotransmitters
- The body’s circadian rhythm and sleep cycle
- The activity of sirtuins (aid in longevity)
- The production of telomere (which can affect longevity and lifespan)
As we age, our natural supply of NAD decreases. In fact, we lose approximately 40% of our NAD levels by the age of 40.
This leads to stereotypical signs of aging such as sluggishness, lack of mental clarity, fatigue, and more. By naturally supporting your body’s supply of NAD with NAD IV Therapy, you can experience a variety of mental and physical benefits including:
Improved Mental Clarity
The brain consumes about one-third of all the energy produced in the body, making NAD a critical component of brain health. Research has shown that NAD is linked to improved mental performance as well as the stimulation and production of serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. As a result, NAD has been shown to improve symptoms of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and addiction.
There is also evidence that NAD can help degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Scientists have recently found that Alzheimer’s-like proteins are associated with deterioration and aging in the brain. A study showed that these proteins could be blocked by boosting levels of NAD, which leads to improved mitochondria function and the restoration of neurological function.
Enhanced Mental & Physical Energy
Because of the importance of NAD when it comes to the health of mitochondria, one of the most common benefits of this treatment is improved overall energy. People have reported having incredible mental energy and alleviated brain fog after treatment as well as enhanced physical energy that has allowed them to work out twice daily.
This treatment is able to optimize cellular communication, minimize recovery, and empower you to perform at your peak.
Improved levels of NAD are associated with the strengthening of the immune system. NAD has been shown to positively affect both pro and anti-inflammatory cytokines, which helps improve immune cell regulation and helps decrease systemic and chronic inflammation. Moreover, NAD helps stimulate CD38, a glycoprotein found on T-cells, which helps promote an effective immune response.
There is also evidence that NAD has been linked to improved bodily resilience and defense against stress, including immune stress. Given that stress greatly impairs the immune system, NAD can help maintain optimal immune function when stress would otherwise compromise immune health.
Supported Vascular & Heart Health
As the body ages, small blood vessels die off, which compromises the amount of oxygen received by various organs and tissues. This type of vascular aging has been linked to cardiac problems, neurological disorders, muscle loss, impaired wound healing, and a decline in overall health.
According to a study conducted by Dr. David Sinclair, a researcher at the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, NAD is not only able to stop vascular aging, but also help reverse it. Dr. Sinclair’s study revealed that NAD+ and sirtuins enable the conversation between cells in the walls of blood vessels and muscles in young mousses, which activates the generation of new capillaries that supply oxygen and nutrients to tissues and organs. Dr. Sinclair also conducted studies regarding NAD’s effect in mice and he states that “The approach stimulates blood vessel growth and boosts stamina endurance in mice and sets the stage for therapies in humans to address the spectrum of diseases that arise from vascular aging.”
Reversed Signs of Aging
NAD Therapy is often nicknamed “The Fountain of Youth” because it is not only anti-aging, it can actually reverse signs of aging.
This is because NAD activates certain enzymes that can help promote healthy aging. Studies have shown NAD helps repair damaged DNA, improves stress resistance, and reduces inflammation, all of which help minimize the effects of aging.
Moreover, low levels of NAD are associated with common age-related issues such as an increased occurrence of sunburn, skin cancer, decreased metabolism and thyroid hormones, and a decrease in cellular antioxidants.
Combatted Chronic Conditions
Although NAD IV Therapy is an incredible tool in proactive healthcare to enhance the way you look and feel, it can also be incorporated into the treatment of several chronic conditions including:
- Neurological problems: Neurological deficits, brain injury, depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, ALS, autism spectrum disorder, neurological Lyme disease, brain fog, and PTSD.
- Metabolic issues: Obesity, metabolic syndrome, cholesterol metabolism issues, and Type 2 diabetes
- Multisystem illnesses: Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Lyme disease
- Gut issues: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), malabsorption syndrome, SIBO
- Diseases: Cancer, cardiovascular disease, and renal disease
- Addiction: Alcoholism is one of the first conditions NAD Therapy was used to treat as it can help with withdrawal symptoms and supports overall recovery.
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