What Is NAD and What Can It Do for You?
We hear of numerous different supplements that we “should” be taking these days. Collagen supports this. Peptides support that. It can all feel a little overwhelming. At Ong Institute for Plastic Surgery and Health, we want to discuss the issue of health and wellness in a way that leaves few questions, if any, other than when you can come visit us for a personalized assessment and planning to help you thrive. Here, we cover NAD, the coenzyme that assists with several physical and cognitive functions.
NAD, Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, is present in every living cell in the body. It is perceived as a cornerstone of internal and neurological vibrancy because it assists with biological processes including:
- Mitochondrial function
- DNA repair
- Calcium signaling
- Gene expression
- Chromosomal integrity
- Epigenetic modifications
One of the ways that NAD supports these functions is to transform nutrients into ATP, the chemical that energizes our cells. Another way is that it works alongside active proteins. Some of the proteins involved in physical vitality are called “sirtuins.” These proteins regulate functions like cellular resistance to aging and stressful conditions. For sirtuins to do their job, they need NAD. However, once NAD transports electrons in the body, it is reduced to NADH, an inactive enzyme. Therefore, to sustain cellular functions, we must give the body the active NAD that it is no longer producing in sufficient amounts.
What Does NAD Do for the Body, Specifically?
The above-mentioned biological processes may sound significant. They are. But how do they translate into your health and wellness? When the body is sustained with NAD and cellular activity is optimized by its presence, patients may notice a variety of benefits, including thicker hair and nails, clearer skin, better cognition and clearer thinking, increased energy, and a general sense of vitality. Because NAD is directly involved in DNA repair, periodic infusions help reduce the effects of free radicals that contribute to aging and higher risk for disease. The neuroprotective effects of this coenzyme may not only improve concentration but also mood.
How to Gain Optimal Benefits of NAD
Since the scientific study of the role of NAD in biological function began showing the vital benefits of the coenzyme, oral supplements have become widely available. While it is convenient to take a pill every day, it may not be the most efficient way to optimize vitality. Dr. Ong offers NAD as an IV infusion. This delivery method reaches the highest potential for bioavailability because it bypasses the digestive process. IV infusion therapy is fast, convenient, comfortable, safe, and the most effective way to achieve meaningful results.
Functional Medicine & Cellular Health