NAD+ boosting supplements are a fairly new addition to the supplement market, but they have the credibility of strong scientific research supporting the benefits of boosting cellular NAD+. Read below to learn about why anti-ageing researchers are going crazy for NAD+.
NAD+ stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. It is a natural molecule that is found in every single cell in your body and it is estimated to be involved in more than 500 different reactions that keep your cells in good health. Unfortunately, cellular NAD+ levels have been found to decline as you age and this decline in NAD+ correlates with the onset of many of the complaints associated with ageing. NAD+ has recently gained a lot of attention as scientists have demonstrated that boosting NAD+ back to youthful levels has the potential to rejuvenate old cells back to a state of youth leading to multiple beneficial effects against ageing and age-related disease.
Declining NAD+ levels are problematic due to the important role NAD+ plays within your body. Firstly, NAD+ is an essential part of the process that turns the food you eat into the energy that your cells need to function. This happens in the mitochondria which are known as the ‘energy powerhouses’ of the cell. Here NAD+ helps to make ATP which is the main source of energy that your cells need to perform their functions. This means that as NAD+ levels go down with age, less NAD+ is available to the mitochondria so our cells can’t generate enough energy to sustain normal function. Ultimately, this means that as we get older we experience symptoms of low cellular energy such as lethargy, muscle weakness, loss of endurance and poor concentration.
The second major role that NAD+ plays in our cells is as a signalling molecule. In biology, a signalling molecule is something that switches other cellular processes on and off. In the case of NAD+ it has been found to switch on and off protective processes that are involved in ageing. High levels of NAD+ acts as a signal to switch on cellular maintenance and repair processes. For example, by activating DNA repair enzymes to fix any damaged DNA and by making sure damaged proteins in the cell are recycled and renewed. This means that when you are young and have high levels of NAD+ all these maintenance and repair processes are fully switched on which keeps your cells in good health. But as you age and your NAD+ levels decline, these maintenance and repair processes start to get turned down and this leads to cellular damage and poor recovery.
Multiple scientific studies have shown that if you prevent NAD+ levels from declining in your cells as you age, or indeed restore them to youthful levels, you can prevent the negative impact of low NAD+ levels on ageing. At a cellular level, this means better energy production, increased damage repair, increased metabolism and activation of genes that are associated with healthy ageing.
At a whole body level, boosting NAD+ levels has been scientifically proven to restore age-associated muscle loss, increase endurance and strength, increase neurogenesis, improve cognition and memory, decrease amyloid-beta production (associated with Alzheimer’s) and improve markers of metabolic health such as increased insulin sensitivity. Ultimately, all the scientific data shows that maintaining your NAD+ levels slows your rate of ageing and increases your healthspan.
The good news is that there are several scientifically proven ways to boost your NAD+ levels. One increasingly popular way is to use an NAD+-boosting supplement. When choosing an NAD+-boosting supplement there are a couple of important things to look out for. The first thing to note is that you cannot take ‘pure NAD+’. Some companies sell tablets or powders containing ‘pure NAD+’ and advertise them as a method to directly boost your body’s NAD+ levels. Sadly, these products don’t work as advertised because NAD+ is an unstable molecule that is broken down in the digestive system before it can reach the bloodstream, let alone the cells where it’s actually needed.
The best type of NAD+ boosting supplement to use is one that contains ingredients which help to restore your cells natural ability to produce NAD+. TIME+ by Nuchido contains a blend of ingredients that does exactly this and has been clinically proven to boost cellular NAD+ levels by 242% – that’s 4x more than any other NAD+ boosting supplement currently available.
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