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“Work it, make it, do it, makes us harder, better, faster, stronger”–at least that’s what Kanye West says! Even if you’re not a fan of hip hop music, this song is pretty catchy and it has some powerful words. It’s about perseverance, and making things happen. In addition to being a nurse and a nerd, I’m a bit of a music junkie. I love that music has a powerful way of connecting people, bringing memories to life, and even inspiring us to push ourselves. This month, my focus is on something called NAD+ because it “is rapidly becoming the most robust tool to help revitalize our cells, replenish our energy reserves and create brain rejuvenation” (koniverwellness, n.d.). We’re going to spend the next few minutes talking about brain refuel, anti-aging, and how NAD+ can actually help make us “better, faster and stronger”.
Ok, before we get started, here’s the disclaimer. There are a lot of words in this month’s blog that are a mouthful. We’re going to break it all down and discuss what it’s about and why we should even care.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, otherwise known as NAD+, is a critical coenzyme found in all living cells; it’s something that our own bodies produce. It is involved in hundreds of metabolic processes within our bodies and can essentially be categorized in two ways: it either it helps turn nutrients into energy for metabolism, or it works as a helper molecule and binds with proteins that regulate other cellular functions—such as DNA repair and cellular repair (Elysium, n.d.). You can think of NAD like a shuttle bus that takes electrons to work inside the mitochondria (the part of the cell that metabolizes nutrients), so it essentially keeps each cell running like a well-oiled machine (Vitamonk, n.d.). Recently, NAD+ has become a hot topic in scientific research because of the central role it plays in biological functions, and the promising benefits it may have (Elysium, n.d.).
When your cells function in top form and at their best, you notice things like increased energy, less brain fog, clearer skin and healthy looking hair, which are some of the things that help us look and feel our best (Vitamonk, n.d.). Did you happen to notice that the things I mentioned are commonly associated with younger people and less so in older adults? Well, that’s because NAD+ levels decrease as we age (boo for that). In fact, studies have shown that declining NAD+ levels have been associated with age-related illnesses and signs of aging (Vitamonk, n.d.). That means there are less shuttle buses getting electrons to work inside our mitochondria, so the cells don’t function at their best, which means we might notice some changes in our bodies.
According to the NIH, various research articles, and leading experts in NAD+ IV protocols, NAD+ levels have been shown to decrease to half of their reserves by the time people turn 40. As it turns out, there might be some truth to the idea of the “midlife crisis” we’ve all heard about. Now, this is by no means a claim to “cure-all”, but there is some evidence that proves the benefits of NAD+. Studies have shown that increased levels of NAD+ can lead to things like DNA repair, repair of damaged tissue, improved muscle function, neuron repair, improved cognitive function & memory, and improved skin health to name a few. Healthy levels of NAD+ can also help keep you strong and resilient, even during times of high stress (Bulletproof, 2019). How is it, that NAD+ can have so many benefits for so many different things? Well, that’s because it’s a helper cell; it helps your cells function better. Having the right amount of NAD+ levels available in your body, means the better each of your cells will function, and the better you should feel as you fight off those aging cells.
Ok so, how can I get more NAD+ in my life, you ask? Well there are a few different ways to go about it.
- Diet: consuming things like milk, yeast, green vegetables (especially peas & asparagus), chicken, and fatty fish (like tuna and sardines), can help boost your NAD+ levels naturally.
- NAD+ supplements
- NAD+ nasal spray
- NAD+ IV infusion
It’s worth noting that anything you consume by mouth, will lose some of it’s potency and effectiveness during the digestion process. That means you won’t get the full effect of NAD+ from diet or supplements; unfortunately, that’s just how the cookie crumbles. NAD+ nasal spray is another available method, and “research shows that NAD+ crosses the blood brain barrier to quickly raise NAD+ levels in the hypothalamus, which is the master regulator of our metabolism” (koniverwellness, n.d.). Ultimately, IV infusion is the fastest way to absorb of NAD+ into your system, because it goes directly into the bloodstream which produces higher levels in your body than if you received them from food or supplements. Following years of clinical testing of various protocols, Dr. Koniver has established several protocols of NAD+ infusion that we at Hello Hydration can offer our clients. After a one-on-one consultation with one of our physicians, a protocol that is specific to your needs can be delivered so that you can be on your way to turning back the signs of time.
Don’t just let life “happen to you”, make life happen! Check out the NAD+ nasal spray and NAD+ IV infusion at Hello Hydration and start feeling better, faster, and stronger like Kanye says.
**If you’re interested in learning more about NAD+ or reading up on some of the research behind it, check out these resources:
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