What is NAD?
NAD stands for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide. This is a cofactor which is found in every cell in the body, and it is a molecule that helps your body perform certain chemical reactions that are important for normal function. NAD is particularly important for transferring electrons at the mitochondria, which are the energy factories inside each cell responsible for producing energy for every single function in the body. From moving the muscles, metabolism and brain activity, to fighting disease and regenerating tissue, NAD is a vital part of the processes that, in essence, keep us alive.
As we age, our levels of NAD decrease gradually. Other factors, like illness, alcohol abuse, or anything that requires the body to work harder than normal to recover or repair, can cause these NAD levels to decrease at an even faster rate.
So, why do we care?
Lower levels of NAD generally result in a reduced ability to recover and regenerate, and less energy in general. This can explain why, as we get older, we feel more tired, don’t recover from exercise or illness etc as quickly as we used to, and things generally get a little bit slower.
The good news is that we can increase our NAD levels. This can be done to a certain extent through food and supplementation, and through exercise, but the most effective way to increase NAD is through intravenous or IV therapy. Using an IV means that the NAD is introduced directly into the bloodstream and is immediately available for use in the cells.
NAD levels can be influenced through diet, supplementation and exercise.
A decline in NAD can lead to fatigue, anxiety, depression, lack of energy and reduced immune function.
NAD therapy is not indicated for any specific medical conditions, but instead can improve general health and wellness by increasing energy, supporting the immune system and improving general metabolic function, and so can indirectly improve the body’s ability to regenerate and heal. Below are some of the common complaints for which NAD therapy is used.
These treatments are not intended to treat specific medical conditions or to replace any current medical or surgical options, but are directed at improving general health, wellness and helping to optimise physical and mental performance.
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