As we seek more effective ways to optimise our health and fitness, one method that has been growing in popularity recently is a NADH+ drip. This is an infusion of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide + hydrogen, and it has a potentially transformative effect on energy levels and overall wellbeing.
Here is a look at this treatment in more depth, and how it may benefit you.
What is NADH+?
There are two forms of NAD that make a redox couple: NAD+ is the oxidised form and NADH is the reduced form. NADH is a coenzyme that is found in every cell of the body, and plays an important role in many vital functions of the body. Research shows that our NAD+ levels in particular begin to decline as we get older.
This can lead to less efficient cellular energy production, because NAD is involved in the conversion of nutrients into energy through the processes of glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation. Even if we are making the effort to eat healthy and well balanced meals, we may not be reaping the full benefits if our NAD levels are declining.
Lower NAD levels have also been associated with reduced cognitive performance and other negative consequences for our overall wellbeing. Here are some of the benefits of boosting your NAD levels.
Improved mental clarity
NAD+ may help to enhance mental clarity with improved concentration and focus. This is because the research points to neuroprotective properties that can help the brain to age well, and to support good cognitive function. NAD therapy has proved to be popular with people who experience brain fog or difficulty concentrating.
Elevated energy levels
NAD therapy replenishes levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the body, which are associated with energy production and optimised glucose levels in the body. It may also improve sleep patterns, leading to better overall physical and mental wellbeing.
NAD+ can help to support a group of proteins in the body called sirtuins, which are involved in metabolic regulation. There is some evidence that sirtuins could be able to delay or even prevent some age-related pathologies. NAD can help sirtuins to multiply in the body, not only potentially guarding against the onset of disease, but slowing the ageing process.
Some people report that a NAD+ treatment has caused swift improvements in not just their mental wellbeing, but also the appearance of their skin, with greater suppleness and a return of a more youthful skin tone and softness.
Better mood and stress reduction
Depleted ATP levels have been associated with a greater prevalence of mood disorders and a susceptibility to stress and anxiety. NAD therapy may boost neurotransmitters that can promote a better and more stable mood and help the body to combat stress.
Enhanced muscle function
Fitness enthusiasts and professional athletes alike have been exploring the potential benefits of NAD treatment to enhance muscle function and improve recovery time after exercise. This is because it optimises the energy available to the muscles, providing a boost to stamina and endurance, and reducing muscle soreness and the potential for injuries.