NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is crucial for human life to exist as a vital component of cellular function.
Research appears to show that an increase in NAD+ in the body contributes to health and longevity, while a decrease in NAD+ is associated with the adverse effects of aging (inflammation, fatigue, less motivation) as well as contributing to some diseases.
The Signal that Fades
NAD+ provides the critical link between cell signals and metabolism, sensing nutrient pathways. NAD+ is a co-enzyme which transports electrons from one cell reaction to the next and has also been found to play a role as a “signaling” molecule.
Increased energy production, improved repair of cells and the coordination of circadian rhythms are all roles played by NAD+.
NAD+ levels decline during the aging process because those levels are actively destroyed by the enzyme CD38 which is associated with immune responses and energy metabolism. Mice which have been bred to be deficient in CD38 appear to be more resistant to diabetes and have extra protection from mitochondrial dysfunction. NAD+ may also decline with age as a direct result of inflammation.
Increasing Levels of NAD+ in the Body – Naturally
In addition to NAD+ boosting therapies and supplements, there are other ways to naturally increase the body’s level of NAD+.
Some of these include:
- Low-carb, high-fat, high-protein Ketosis diets have been shown to naturally increase the levels of NAD+. While this type of diet is very popular now, it is important to note that healthy fats should be implemented rather than saturated fats.
- Exercise has been shown to raise the levels of NAD+ in the body. Regular exercise increases the DNA rebuilding and mitochondrial pumping proteins in the body, keeping the person physically fit, while delaying the negative aspects of the natural aging process. The more a person works out, the more NAD+ the body needs to produce energy, placing the body’s mitochondria into overdrive. As the body seeks to produce more and more energy, it needs more and more NAD+.
- Natural heat exposure as well as artificial heat exposure such as saunas and hot tubs have been linked to an increase in NAD+. Scientists find this interesting since many people who suffer from extreme joint and muscle pain (like those with fibromyalgia) experience an increase in fatigue when they are exposed to colder temperatures. When exposed to an increase in heat for a significant period of time (perhaps sitting in a sauna), the body’s heart rate begins to pump harder because the body requires energy to sustain the “cool down” mode. This mini workout of sorts, forces the body into additional production of NAD+ to cover the extra energy production.
- Kombucha, Kimchi and other fermented foods and beverages contain small amounts of NAD. In fact, when people who routinely experience bloating and joint pain increase the amount of fermented foods and beverages in their diet, they see a reduction in the levels of pain and bloating.
- Intermittent fasting can also cause the body to increase the levels of NAD+ as a result of body shock—the body’s mitochondria is shocked into “overdrive,” prompting the body to produce more NAD+.
- Eating more raw foods which contain Vitamin B can increase NAD+ levels. Peanuts, avocados and sunflower seeds, as well as steamed or baked poultry and fish are good choices for increasing levels of NAD+.
- White flours, bread and rice should be swapped out for whole grain counterparts, since processing tends to destroy B vitamins, thus NAD+.
- Drinking 2-3 glasses of fortified cow’s milk per day can help your body store and use NAD+.
- Mushrooms and eggs are also a good source of vitamin B, resulting in an increased production in NAD+.
However, if you’ve tried increasing NAD+ with diet & exercise but it isn’t enough, you can get up to 50mg per day of NAD+ with Myetin®.
Myetin® is the first product of it’s kind using NAD+ as the active ingredient combined with the nutritional power of high dose biotin. Each dose of Myetin® includes 25mg of NAD+, and when taken twice daily as suggested, you get 50mg per day of NAD+ supplementation.