Last Updated on September 13, 2022 by
Alternative to Meds Editorial Team
Medically Reviewed by Dr Julia Britz NMD
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NAD+ is a powerful molecule found in every single cell of the body. Its job is to assist in biochemical reactions and supply the mitochondria with the energy it needs to maintain good sleep, stabilize mood, and ensure our immune systems work properly. This makes NAD+ IV therapy an essential therapeutic tool.
What is NAD+ IV Therapy and How Does it work?
NAD+ truly is the master metabolizer! It has many roles, but the one I’ll focus on is its main function of electron transfer. NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is involved in redox (reduction of oxidation) reactions. This is a molecular exchange of accepting electrons, and then donating them, which generates and frees up potential energy. The electrons (stored energy) carried by NAD+ convert to ATP in the mitochondria (like the “battery” in the cells) via a process called oxidative phosphorylation. This results in energy production.
When the body has all the necessary ingredients for this process, our cells are well nourished and we feel good! When we don’t have them, we feel weak and sick. So, here’s where it gets interesting …
Around age 25 our body really slows down in the production of NAD+.1 An adequate level of NAD+ plays a protective role against cell degradation and aging. In fact, researchers in neuroscience are now calling NAD+ “the anti-aging molecule.”10 Not only does getting older decrease our storage of NAD+, but so does stress, chronic illness, poor sleep, overeating, and drug/alcohol use. Our bodies do naturally continue to produce small amounts of NAD+ from tryptophan and aspartic acid in combination with niacin (vitamin B3) — but real magic happens when we get therapeutic NAD+ IV doses.2,9
When I say “magic,” I’m not kidding.
Benefits of NAD+ IV Therapy
Deficient or depleted levels of natural chemicals such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, and dopamine — can be restored naturally, for instance, with diet and supplementation. With depleted NAD+ levels, we tend to also see low dopamine.3 NAD+ helps restore these neurotransmitters, and IV therapy may provide relief.
NAD+ can be considered for people with a variety of conditions.4-12
Conditions that restoring NAD+ may help include:
- Medication tapering support
- OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Age-related degenerative conditions
- Reversing neurodegenerative decline
- Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration