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Are You a Good Candidate For NAD+ Therapy?

Are You a Good Candidate For NAD+ Therapy?

NAD+, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is a natural helper enzyme of niacin that helps cells in our bodies make energy and use it efficiently. When we eat food, biological processes convert the energy we obtain into even more valuable cellular energy, which is critical for metabolism at the cellular level. If you receive lab-made NAD+ therapy, you’ll see a higher ratio of the chemical in your body – giving you more energy and possibly fighting off infection and illness – but the levels will need to be topped off periodically to sustain the new level. NAD+ therapy is dispensed intravenously.

According to the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, NAD+ is seen in every cell; it helps cellular energy manufacture and supports cellular metabolism. NAD+ is also essential for the action of sirtuins (important for metabolic regulation), which are known for their global anti-aging properties. If you compare cellular metabolism to a cash economy, you could describe NAD+ as the armored vehicles transporting money to and from institutions. If NAD+ levels plummet, cellular health plummets, too – just as crashing U.S. currency would endanger financial wellness in America and worldwide.

Certain people may find it beneficial to undergo NAD+ therapy, but only after speaking with their healthcare provider about the benefits and risks. Before deciding if it’s right for you, it’s crucial to gather as much information as possible.

Risks of NAD+ therapy

Science and medicine are still working to understand any side effects of NAD+ therapy, but there are a few to be aware of.

  • You may experience brief pain when the IV needle is inserted.
  • There may be redness or swelling around the needle’s area.
  • Some people get nauseous afterward.
  • Brain fog, which isn’t a medical term but something that describes a feeling of an absence of mental clarity.
  • Cramping during therapy.
  • The minimal risk of infection.

Are There Alternatives?

As everyone knows, the mind and body’s primary energy source comes from the food and beverages we consume. This results in natural biological processes for transforming food into energy, but sometimes we need help along the way, so we function mentally and physically at peak efficiency. NAD+ therapy may be one way to do this, but others are too. You can maintain or boost your body’s NAD+ levels through exercise, limiting your exposure to natural sunlight, and finding heat sources to get your heart pumping and triggering NAD+ production, including saunas, hot tubs, and heated swimming pools.

Who Benefits From NAD+ Therapy?

People who experience many kinds of health conditions may benefit from NAD+ therapy, including those with:

  • Fatigue is characteristic of people with low energy levels.
  • Addiction can lower the body’s natural NAD+ levels; fewer helper enzymes make it harder to recover from addiction symptoms.
  • Low vitamin levels.
  • Issues with cognitive function and overall brain health.
  • Cardiovascular health.
  • Dehydration.
  • Headaches, including migraines.
  • People who experience chronic inflammation may also benefit from NAD+ therapy. Chronic inflammation may be a symptom of many kinds of diseases and conditions, including arthritis or even Alzheimer’s. 

People who experience mental health issues, including everyday stress and anxiety, and more serious anxiety and mood disorders. Such disorders may include:

  • Major depression happens when you lack interest in things that used to bring you joy, feel sad or hopeless, and have other symptoms for two or more weeks.
  • Dysthymia is a long-term, low-grade, unhappy, or irritable mood that persists for two or more years.
  • Bipolar disorder happens when you have instances of depression alternating with moments of elevated mood or mania.
  • Mood disorder caused by another health condition. This may include a diagnosis of cancer, injuries, infections, or chronic illnesses, all of which are known to trigger depression symptoms.
  • A substance-induced mood disorder can make you a suitable candidate for NAD+ therapy, especially if you have symptoms related to the effects of a certain medicine, drug abuse, exposure to toxins, alcoholism, or other kinds of treatment.
  • Bipolar disorder, once known as manic depression or bipolar affective disorder, includes alternating episodes of depression and mania.
  • Seasonal affective disorder is a kind of depression most linked to fewer daylight hours in certain geographic regions between late fall and early spring.

If you have lingering physical or mental health issues that don’t respond to conventional treatment, see your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment options, including diet and lifestyle changes, NAD+ therapy, or even ketamine infusion.

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