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What is NAD+ and How Does It Work?

Simply put, NAD+ stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, but what is it exactly? Found in all living cells, NAD+ is a molecule that is crucial for key physiological bodily processes to function properly.
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Simply put, NAD+ stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, but what is it exactly? Found in all living cells, NAD+ is a molecule that is crucial for key physiological bodily processes to function properly. This molecule is vital to the function of the generators of cells – our mitochondria. It helps convert food to energy, maintain DNA integrity, and protect our bodies against aging and disease. As our medical director, Dr. Wilks has often stated, “Without this molecule, life as we know it would cease to exist.”

How Does NAD+ Work?

NAD+ is generated by our cells through a process called biosynthesis. It is made up of two nucleotides which are joined through phosphate groups and can be produced via one of three pathways. Once created, NAD+ works in our bodies as a shuttle bus, transferring molecules and oxygen within cells to carry out various reactions and vital processes.

What are the Benefits of NAD+?

The highest levels of NAD+ in the body are seen in infants and children. As we age, the production of NAD+ in our bodies slows down, which leads to both mental and physical fatigue. In order to understand the added value of introducing NAD+ IV therapy into a regular health maintenance routine, we must first understand the overall benefits that NAD+ provides the body with.

Improves Cognitive Function

Memory loss, brain fog, and difficulty concentrating are all commonplace symptoms of aging, and insufficient levels of NAD+ can aggravate these issues. When you’re NAD+ deficient, your brain is unable to convert enough glucose into energy, leaving your brain’s cellular energy levels depleted. An influx of NAD+, such as an NAD+ IV can help to improve your memory, mental clarity, and overall ability to focus.

Aids in Weight Management

NAD+ is essential to the metabolic processes of the body. As we age, our metabolism slows down, which can lead to increased weight gain in many individuals. NAD+ can counteract that by helping with the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an essential molecule that converts energy from food into fuel for necessary bodily functions.

Boosts Energy Levels

During the process of converting food into usable energy, ATP also contributes to boosting energy levels within the body. Because of NAD+’s role in the production of ATP, NAD+ IV therapy is also beneficial in reducing mental and physical fatigue and increasing energy levels.

Supports Pain Management

It’s no secret that inflammation is a key contributor to the experience of pain, and NAD+ has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body. As NAD+ is a non-addictive form of pain management, NAD+ IV therapy can be a great option for aiding in the management of pain without the dangers associated with opioids and other pharmaceuticals.

Improves Mood Quality

Who doesn’t want to feel a little better? Not only does NAD+ play a critical role in certain bodily processes, but it also has been shown to boost serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin is that feel-good chemical in your brain that boosts your mood when levels are high. Regular NAD+ IV therapy can help with combatting serotonin deficiency and the related side effects of anxiety and depression.

Because of the wide range of benefits NAD+ provides to the body, NAD treatment is a perfect tool for almost everyone looking to improve their overall health and wellness, particularly as we age. Whether you’re trying to recover from surgery faster, feeling sluggish, or simply looking to boost your body’s natural processes, regular NAD+ IV therapy can help! It can also be a valuable addition to routine for those who want to improve exercise efficacy and athletic training performance.

At all Onus IV locations, we offer NAD+ IV therapy service. NAD+ currently requires a prescription, per FDA regulations, but don’t worry! Our telehealth sessions are complimentary, and often available same day as a treatment. Contact us ahead if you have questions, we’re here to help make trying out our amazing iV therapy drip easy 😊

NAD+ and how it affects our brain