What is NAD+
and what are its benefits?
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) naturally occurs within our bodies. It is a coenzyme that is the very life force, the energy behind how we function every day. NAD+ keeps us healthy and allows us to live full, happy lives.
NAD+ is a metabolic enzyme that exists in every cell, tissue and organ in the human body. It reacts with oxygen in the mitochondria of your cells to create energy. This is the energy you use to think, breathe, digest food, and keeps your heart beating and the blood circulating. You cannot live without NAD+. It is essential for producing Adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This is the energy your body needs to function. ATP has more than 100 functions to keep us healthy every day.
You need metabolic enzymes to grow new cells, and to repair and maintain your tissues and organs in a healthy condition. These enzymes take carbohydrates and fat and balance them for optimal health. They remodel, repair and restructure every cell in the body. So you need a sufficient supply to replenish those lost as we live our lives to remain healthy.
How does a NAD+ deficiency affect the body?
As human beings we all need energy to function. 90% of our energy comes from the biochemical processes within the cells in our bodies. Every cell has a specific function that uses this energy to operate efficiently.
These cells are often referred to as powerplants as they produce the energy needed to fuel the human system. These powerplants are your mitochondrion. These cells take the glucose from the food you eat as you metabolise and digest it.
Most of these powerplants need a specific coenzyme to produce the energy. Without this energy they cannot function. NAD+ is that coenzyme your powerplants need to produce and maintain energy levels. When you have a NAD+ energy deficiency, you will lack metabolic energy at a cellular level to fuel your cells to keep you in good health. This can cause a wide range of conditions, including:
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- substance abuse
- memory loss
- weak immune system
- severe headaches
- problems sleeping
- trouble concentrating and focusing
- and other chronic illnesses.
Discovery of NAD+
William Young and Sir Arthur Harden first discovered NAD+ in 1906 when trying to understand the fermentation process. This is when yeast metabolises sugar to create alcohol. It was not until 20 years later there was recognition for their work in fermentation. Harden shared the 1929 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Hans von Euler-Chelpin. It was Euler-Chelpin who found NAD+ has a structure of two nucleotides and these are what forms DNA. The findings were an important breakthrough. It showed the metabolic process for fermentation relied on NAD+ and the vital role NAD+ has in the human metabolic process. When giving his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Euler-Chelpin said the discovery was one of the most important biological activators in animals and plants.
In the 1930s, Otto Heinrich Warburg did further research into the role NAD+ has how the metabolic system functions. The next year, two chemists found nicotinic acid is a precursor to NAD+. This was the missing factor that causes pellagra. This is a severe condition that ravaged 200,000 people in the America’s south in the late 1920s. United States Public Health doctor Joseph Goldberger identified the cause of this fatal disease was a lack of something lacking in people’s diet. And, discovered brewer’s yeast was a cheap cure to pellagra. He was right but died before the discovery nicotinic acid was the missing factor. It was his thoughts about the matter that helped lead to the discovery.
During the 1940s, biochemist Arthur Kornberg discovered the enzyme that creates NAD+. His research became the foundation for a better understanding of NAD+. In 1959 he won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering how DNA and RNA forms.
In 1958 that scientists, Jack Preiss and Philip Handler, discovered how nicotinic acid becomes NAD+ using the same form of vitamin B3 used to help cure pellagra. Handler’s focus was on malnutrition and how it affects different diseases. His work helped scientists to further understand the importance of NAD+ to the diet. This work earned him a National Medal of Science for his contribution to biomedical research.
Although the importance of NAD+ to human health is well known, scientific research has been gradual. NAD+ has a lot of potential for replenishing NAD+ levels in humans to help a vast range of chronic conditions.
NAD+ IV therapy process
Before treatment starts, you will have a consultation with a doctor to assess your health. During this session a treatment plan will be recommended to replenish your NAD levels. Once you complete the assessment and have paid a deposit, your NAD mixture is made to order and you are ready to start NAD therapy. Please note all individuals are different and some may need further treatment outside the initial recommended treatment plan.
NAD IV Therapy is available at – The Life Enhancement Clinic
Please visit www.TLEC.com.au or call 02 8080 2180 to book your treatment today!