The Problem with Most Supplements
There’s a typical recipe for making nutritional supplements these day.
- Pick a popular ingredient
- Find the cheapest source
- Add the highest quantity (more is better, of course) and mix with other ingredients at a high quantity
- Find production short cuts to keep costs down
- Finally, market it as superior and of highest quality
You see, most supplements are created in terms of profitability. What’s more, an abundance of supplements only offer short-term benefits often accompanied by a rebound effect and never truly address the cause of the problem. Can’t sleep? Take a high dose of melatonin without ever questioning why the body is not producing enough melatonin. Oh, and if you take it on a consistent basis, the body may stop producing it all together. Now you’re just compensating and pretty much hooked on something that if you were truly healthy, your body would do for you. It’s a slippery slope from there.
Here’s the truth – formulating a quality supplement is an art form. Think of it like a highly-trained Michelin chef making a meal versus you making a meal. The Michelin chef carefully crafts the meal creating a masterpiece with the right synergy and precise proper ingredient ratios. The result? An incredibly delicious combination of flavors, textures, colors, and more.
Dr. Szulc was ready to make his Michelin-worthy meal, but how do you take 30+ years of clinical experience and medical knowledge and place it into a capsule? For starters, he needed a main ingredient. Enter NAD+. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (as is it’s long handle) is utilized by the mitochondria of every living cell in the human body to produce energy and sustain vitality… especially in the brain. Used intravenously, this coenzyme has shown incredible promise in addiction, neurological disorders, as well as anti-aging and congitive enhancement (via improvement of mitochondrial health and cell energy production). Dr. Szulc’s own research and clinical use of NAD+ IVs was incredibly positive. But there was a problem with using NAD+ in a capsule. Let us explain.
NAD+ is a delicate molecule. It’s also quite expensive. One of the greatest concerns of ingesting NAD+ versus intravenous or intranasal application is the absorption of NAD+ through the digestive system. Research from the 1980’s says it can’t be done and that ingested NAD+ was primarily hydrolyzed in the small intestine. But where others said it can’t be done, we saw a challenge, and an opportunity.