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)
In addition to all of these vital functions this cofactor is involved in, it is also known for its ability to help combat brain fog.
What is Brain Fog?
Below are some of the signs and symptoms associated with brain fog and mental dysfunction:
- Poor focus
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Low self-esteem
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lost desire to socialize
- Inability to synthesize information
- Slowed reaction time
- Difficulty recognizing details
NAD Combatting Brain Fog
Because NAD therapy is intended to accelerate the body’s natural healing process and help organs function at optimal levels, this treatment can greatly improve brain health. Essentially, NAD revitalizes cellular components of the brain that enhance neurotransmitter function as well as help balance brain chemistry, which results in boosted cognitive function.
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.
Boosting Levels of NAD
It is possible to replenish the body’s NAD through supplementation as it is available in tablet or capsule form and is commonly called niagen. NAD is also available intravenously, which is often part of the treatment of chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome. Moreover, exercising, fasting (as recommended by your doctor), and supplementing with B3 are all natural ways to improve levels of NAD.
Recognizing the importance of NAD in overall health and wellness can greatly improve the quality of your day-to-day life. If you are interested in increasing your NAD levels, contact a member of Holtorf Medical Group today.