If you’ve never heard of NAD+, you might be surprised to learn that within you there is a master molecule that is responsible for the energy production in your cells. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+, does more than just boost your energy, it promotes cellular health and touts anti-aging properties. Without it, your mitochondria wouldn’t quite be the powerhouse of a cell you thought.
However, aside from the energetic pick-me-up, NAD+ therapy has more humble origins. Used for clinical reasons, NAD+ was shown to significantly restore the balance of neurotransmitters associated with drug addiction. Patients with chemical dependencies saw reductions in symptoms of withdrawal for a variety of drugs, including alcohol and opioids. Not only did it improve craving and anxiety levels, but it also enhanced the detoxification process. However, other benefits were noted including optimizing energy levels, focus and concentration, and improved memory. Now, we’re seeing a new trend in clinical efforts utilizing NAD+ intravenous therapy to study how it can enhance cognitive function and restore cellular health. Dr. William Vickers, a specialist in the field for numerous chronic diseases, has found NAD+ IV therapy to be one of his strongest, regenerative treatments. This has helped popularize it as an anti-aging therapy that can boost cellular fitness, metabolism, and regeneration. NAD+ precursor Vitamin B3, or Niacin, is closely related to wound healing and immune responses in the face of infectious disease. Additionally, clinical studies have revealed impressive responses to NAD+ intravenous therapies. Articles on the topic have shown overwhelming support, noting this treatment felt like a “Brain Reboot.”
Despite its ability to improve cognition and energy, intravenous therapies tend to come with various side effects from introducing hefty doses straight into circulation. In general, large concentrations can cause some uncomfortable consequences, such as headaches and flu-like symptoms. Although these adverse reactions tend to pass within a day, they’ve led to a new type of dialogue among health practitioners:
“How can we share the incredible benefits of NAD+, while simultaneously improving upon the physiological responses after such extreme doses?”