Brain fog. Memory loss. Forgetfulness. Lack of clarity. Chronic illness. Pain. Fatigue.
These are just a few of the things which affect your ability to think clearly and function your best on a daily basis. Instead of turning to pain management protocols to keep you going, more doctors are educating patients about the new science linking NAD+ with brain restoration.
Dana Leduff, CHC and practice manager for Dr. Knight at Knight Integrative Medicine states, “NAD+ creates calming neurotransmitters in your brain.” From the brain’s standpoint, “calm” equals “clear” which is why people are starting to talk more about NAD+ and its positive impact on brain health.
The Science Behind NAD+
NAD+ was first identified in 1906. William John Young and Sir Arthur Harden were working with the fermentation process in which yeast metabolizes sugar, creating C02 and alcohol.
The other scientist, Hans von Euler-Chelpin found that the structure of NAD+ is made up of the building blocks for nucleic acids, which in turn make up human DNA.
While these were the earliest beginnings of understanding NAD+, it was soon realized that NAD+ plays a crucial role in human metabolism. Then in 1958 Arthur Kornberg discovered the enzyme which makes NAD+ and two scientists defined the Preiss-Handler pathway which shows how nicotinic acid becomes NAD+.
At this point, although scientists knew NAD+ was a critical component of human health, they really did not understand the impact of NAD+ on the cellular level. In the 1960s, there was an understanding of just how important NAD+ really was to human health, and research continued for the next few decades.
How NAD+ Impacts Brain Health & Sleep
Sirtuins—known as the “longevity genes” are a group of proteins in the body that only function when NAD+ is present.
That means sirtuins don’t function without NAD+. Unfortunately, many studies have proven that NAD+ levels decrease significantly as we age, therefore you will have a reduction in these sirtuins.
NAD+ is also a co-factor in the Kreb Cycle, which is also known as the TCA cycle. The Kreb Cycle is the chemical reaction which releases stored energy the body derives from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats into carbon dioxide and ATP.
NAD+ affects many of our metabolic pathways, therefore when it is depleted—as it does with age—lack of energy and other negative health issues result. As Leduff explains, NAD+ stimulates ATP, which is the equivalent of the fuel which runs our cells. That means NAD+ is the “kick-start” for our human engine.
Bringing balance to our cells through the use of NAD+ supplementation can lead to changes in our circadian rhythm and our sleeping patterns.
Other Ways NAD+ Can Change Your Life
Scientists continue to discover new ways NAD+ can facilitate longevity—and not just a long life, but a healthy, long life.
By the time a person turns 50, he or she has only about half the level of NAD+ they had in their youth.
By age 80, NAD+ levels can drop to 1-10 percent of the pre-age-50 levels.
Lowered levels of NAD+ accelerate the aging process triggering chemical stressors, inflammation, DNA damage, and failing mitochondria.
Research also suggests that boosting NAD+ levels may contribute to longer telomeres, which are stretches of repetitive DNA strands which cap the ends of chromosomes. When telomeres reach critically-short length, cell renewal comes to a halt.
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NAD+ supplementation helps offset these processes by providing the same cellular benefits experienced with calorie restriction and exercise.
While there are many ways to boost your NAD+ naturally, Myetin® is the first product of its kind to deliver 25mg of NAD+ as an active ingredient in each dose.