Can NAD therapy help us eliminate "bad habits"?
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, otherwise known as NAD, gets the superlative vote for the best known in the welfare world. This natural niacin coenzyme (vitamin B3) plays an important role in bodily processes that affect aging, such as metabolism, DNA repair, and protein assimilation. NAD reduction is also associated with metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases, and even some cancers. So yes, it's something important.
But if our bodies produce it, why worry about it? Well, like many things in the body, NAD decreases with age. This is natural, of course, but our lifestyles accelerate this in a big way. Because a rapid decline in NAD plays such a large role in aging, we sent our questions directly to the naturopathic doctor, Dr.Nigma Talib, to help clarify a few things.
Dr. Talib said: "NAD is thought to slow down the aging process, increase our energy and also, I think it clinically improves mood and hormonal balance. However, both prescription and harmful drugs can accelerate the loss of NAD in our body.
This includes alcohol, nicotine and other harmful ingredients in cigarettes. Persistent chronic stress also depletes our NAD production.
"We also know that some studies have shown that intermittent fasting, moderate exercise, vitamins A, C, E, zinc and selenium help increase NAD levels naturally. So if we eat an abundant, dynamic, colorful diet and are aware of our macro, exercise and rest, we can support our NAD levels as we age. "However, regular drinking and drug use, whether prescription or not, will have an effect on our NAD levels, despite these best efforts."