If you think that forgetfulness, foggy brain, weakness, fatigue, and certain illnesses are simply inevitable when you age, that’s understandable, because it happens to so many of the elderly. But once you take a closer look at why this correlation seems to be true, you’ll find what researchers have discovered about one very vital element in the human body — nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD).
You don’t need to be able to pronounce it, but it’s a good idea to learn what it does, because it’s responsible for multiple important body functions. During your youth, NAD is plentiful, but as you age, you produce less and less, and your body and mind begin to decline as a result.
Adrienne O’Connell, DO, at Laguna Beach Aesthetics in Laguna Beach, California, offers NAD therapy to restore your waning supply of NAD and your overall health. Administered intravenously (IV), NAD therapy is comfortable and safe and injects this critical coenzyme straight into your bloodstream for maximum bioavailability. This simple procedure delivers multiple life-changing benefits. Here’s what you need to know.
A quick biology lesson
You probably remember learning about cell structure back in school. If so, you’ll recall that the mitochondria is the powerhouse in the cell that provides all the energy. What you may not have learned is that the powerhouse behind the powerhouse is NAD — a coenzyme of niacin (B3) that’s present in all cells.
The more NAD you have, the more efficient your mitochondria and all the functions that rely on it, like DNA repair, energy regulation, gene expression and transcription, and cell signaling.
Those critical functions occur at the molecular level and can only be observed through a microscope, but there are plenty of tangible changes you can see in your mental and physical health.
Mental benefits of NAD therapy
One of the characteristic signs of aging is loss of cognitive function. You tend to forget things, have trouble concentrating, and feel like your brain is cloudy or foggy. NAD therapy replaces the coenzyme needed to slow or stop the progression of this decline. You’ll have:
- Increased mental clarity
- Better memory
- High concentration
- Improved moods
- Better problem-solving skills
The boost in brain function you get from NAD therapy can even help you battle chronic mental struggles like depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
Physical benefits of NAD therapy
NAD is sometimes called a “helper molecule” because it binds with other enzymes and helps them do their job better. What happens in your cells makes a huge difference in how you look and feel. The list of physical benefits from NAD therapy is long, and any one of these improvements can change your life for the better.
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Boosts energy
- Increases metabolism
- Reduces inflammation
- Speeds recovery from injury
- Decreases pain
- Sharpens eyesight
- Improves hearing
- Diminishes cravings for harmful substances
- Mitigates withdrawal symptoms
- Assists weight loss
- Protects nerves
- Slows the aging process
Clearly, the benefits of NAD therapy stand to dramatically improve your overall health and well-being, and even improve the symptoms of some serious illnesses.
Studies show that NAD therapy can mitigate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Although the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease remains a mystery, we do know that it involves cell death and mitochondrial dysfunction, both of which NAD addresses. Furthermore, NAD’s neuroprotective properties may help prevent this damage in the first place.
NAD may also have applications in the treatment of:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Sleep disorders
- Substance addiction
- High cholesterol
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
Is NAD therapy right for you?
NAD therapy is safe and effective, and the only potential side effects involve a possible infection at the IV injection site. Whether you’re looking to delay the classic effects of aging or you want to slow down what’s already begun, NAD therapy may be the answer.
To learn more about NAD therapy and what it can do for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Connell today by calling our office or booking an appointment online.