NAD+ FAQ's

What is NAD+ ?

 NAD​ (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a vital coenzyme that is essential to cellular function.  It facilitates the transfer of energy within cells and is important in a host of other metabolic functions.  

What is the difference between B vitamins and NAD+?

Vitamins are organic compounds that the body needs to function.  There are many forms of vitamin B, each chemically unique with different essential roles in the body.  Vitamin B3, specifically,  is a precursor to NAD+. 

 

Are NAD+ and Niacin the same thing?

No. Niacin is another name for Vitamin B3. Vitamin B3  consists of 3 separate organic compounds: nicotinic acid, or NA, nicotinamide, or Nam, and nicotinamide riboside, or NR.  All three of these components are eventually converted to NAD+ and for this reason are considered NAD+ precursors.

 

What exactly does NAD+ do inside cells?

NAD+ is an essential component of the citric acid cycle (or Krebs cycle), a cellular process that produces energy for every cell in the body.  It participates in energy production by interacting with oxygen in mitochondria to produce the fuel the body needs to function: a protein called ATP.  NAD+ is also an essential cofactor of key enzymes called sirtuins that are regulators of genes thought to be important with regards to the lifespan of cells.   

 

What is NAD+ used for?

NAD+ has been reported to be beneficial with regards to : 

  • increased energy

  • enhanced mood

  • improved sleep

  • decreased stress and anxiety

  • PTSD and depression

  • increased immunity

  • hydration

  • improved exercise recovery

  • strengthen hair, nails and skin

  • slowing the aging process 

NAD+ has also been used in a variety of different clinical scenarios 

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • CTE (Chronic traumatic Encephalopathy)

  • Chemo brain

  • MS

  • Parkinson's disease. 

  • Addiction recovery programs

Are there any side effects to NAD+ infusions?

Nicotinamide riboside is believed to be safe with few — if any — side effects. In Human studies, taking 1,000–2,000 mg per day was not associated with harmful effects.  Rarely people have reported nausea, fatigue, headaches, diarrhea, stomach discomfort and indigestion. 

How long does an infusion take?

Infusion times are dependent on the dose of NAD+ you are receiving. Lower doses take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, while higher doses usually range from 4 - 6 hours.

Does NAD+ have to be taken IV? 

No.  Oral supplements of NAD+ do exist.  Unfortunately many oral medications are subject to breakdown before entering the blood stream, and oral NAD+ is known to be broken down by cells that line the intestines.

 

Will NAD+ infusions make me look younger?

NAD+ is thought to strengthen hair, nails, and skin by slowing normal aging processes.  Emerging evidence implicates that elevation of NAD+ levels may slow or even reverse the aspects of aging and also delay the progression of age-related diseases.

 

What are the benefits of doing IV NAD+ regularly?

NAD+ is constantly being broken down by the body.  Chronically maintaining higher NAD levels likely requires periodic infusions. Aging results in lower NAD+ levels, and as a result, chronic NAD+ supplementation is thought to be important in combating the aging process. 

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