NAD+ or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is the most important vitamin our body needs to fuel the majority of the reactions. NAD+ is needed for producing energy in our cells. How so?
NAD+ is used in reactions that involve transporting electrons from one reaction to another. When NAD+ accepts electrons from the cells, it turns into a reduced form called NADH. NADH is an oxidized form of NAD+ which is used up by the cells to produce energy through adenine triphosphate (ATP). The cells in our body increase the number of NAD+ through metabolic processes such as glycolysis and citric acid cycle.
For your cells to function normally and smoothly, a well-balanced ratio of NAD+ TO NADH is crucial.
The powerhouse of all cells, mitochondria, produces ATP. If mitochondria is unable to produce ATP for your body or the supply of ATP is irregular, many functions and reactions of your body will be impacted. Mitochondria require the universal cofactor NAD+ to play its vital role.
This is why a well-balanced amount of NAD+ in your body is essential for your body to function normally and maintain overall health. A number of NAD treatment centers help patients restore NAD levels in their body.
How Can You Boost Your Nad+ Levels?
While supplements for other vitamins are widely used and highly effective, it is not the case with NAD+ supplements. NAD+ in the form of a pill is not as effective. This is because our body is unable to absorb NAD from the digestive system.
The enzymes in the digestive system’s lining break down NAD+ and reduce it to become nicotinamide or NAM. This is much easier to absorb while NAD+ digestion takes a long time.To increase the levels of NAD+ in your body, you can take the help of 4 precursors of NAD+. These are
- Tryptophan: an amino acid that plays a role in the production of serotonin.
- Nicotinic Acid (NA): a form of Vitamin B3
- Nicotinamide Riboside (NR): a form of Vitamin B3
- Nicotinamide (NAM): a form of Vitamin B3
NAM, NR, and NA are different vitamin B3 forms that are also major precursors of NAD.
While vitamin B3 is usually associated with improved metabolism and faster brain development, it is also essential for the production of NAD+.
- Food sources of the 4 major precursors: Foods like meat and fish are major sources of vitamin B3 and tryptophan. However, when you cook them, they lose a good amount of nutrients.
Therefore, it is recommended to consume them in baked or steamed form, which keeps the nutrients intact.
Vegetarian alternatives to meat and fish include asparagus, sprouted grains, nut, and California avocados.
- Healthy lifestyle and NAD+
All health practitioners suggest having a healthier lifestyle that consists of quality sleep and physical exercise for increased and improved health. Getting good quality sleep and moderate exercise can have huge positive impacts on your health and can also reduce risks of certain diseases.
You should also cut down on alcohol consumption if you want to increase or maintain your NAD+ levels. NAD is used in a number of metabolic processes and cell production. And alcohol tends to disturb these processes.
Moreover, NAD+ is also used up to break down Alcohol into ethanol. This can reduce the levels of NAD+.
It is also important to do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. Studies show that your mitochondrial energy increases when you exercise. Hence, the production of NAD+ also increases.
NAD IV therapy
If you want to restore NAD in your body, the best option is through NAD IV therapy. NAD IV infuses NAD in your bloodstream directly.
A number of patients from the Advance Cyro center recover quickly and raise the levels of NAD in their body. You can get the most reliable and best quality treatment from this leading cryotherapy center.