Most of us try to take steps to ensure our own health and well-being every day, whether that’s eating healthy foods, working out, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, or taking our vitamins. But so many of those things are filled depend on multiple variables, which is especially the case with diet and exercise. A routine that works for someone else may not work for you. But, as scientific research continues to advance, we’re beginning to see that there may actually be a few key things that almost everyone can do to support their health and well-being. One of those things is ensuring proper levels of NAD+. But how does this coenzyme impact your overall health? Today, we’re tackling this exact issue and taking a quick peek into the science being NAD+.
NAD+ in the Body
NAD+ is a coenzyme that exists in every cell that makes up your body. NAD+ is essential to many of our cellular functions — things like cellular respiration (how we create energy from food), regulating circadian rhythms, and maintaining healthy DNA. With NAD+ our cells perform at peak productivity and are able to run through all the necessary processes to keep us at optimum health. That sounds great, right?
Unfortunately, there’s a catch. While we’re young, our levels of NAD+ are at their peak and the cells have plenty of this coenzyme to go around. But it does not stay that way. Studies show that NAD+ levels decline as we age. Now, what does all this mean for our body? Since we are is made up of cells, how they function will inevitably affect how we function, and scientists now think that low NAD+ levels are less than ideal for health. So, what can be done to keep our NAD+ levels at an ideal level?
While the research on this subject is still relatively new in the scientific community, it had previously been speculated that if we could somehow boost NAD+ production and availability through external means, we could allow our cells and in turn our bodies to benefit from easier access to such a critical molecule. Today, we know that it is, in fact, possible to boost NAD+ levels.
There are a few NAD+ supplements on the market today, but as we mentioned in a previous article, not all supplements are created equal. In fact, since supplements are not placed under the same scrutiny that prescription medications are, there are very few supplement brands that do their own clinical testing. So how can you know that a supplement is actually going to produce the desired effect and benefit you in the long-term?
Thankfully, there are a few brands out there that take on the responsibility of researching and rigorously testing their products for efficacy — and Elysium Health is one of those. With the daily supplement, Basis, the company ran a clinical study on what the supplement can do to the levels of NAD+ in humans. With 120 participants between the ages of 60-80, Elysium Health was able to monitor the effects that Basis produced. After the study was complete, the research team was able to conclude that NAD+ levels increased by an average of 40% after 30 days of taking the recommended daily dose of Basis (two capsules). Furthermore, these results were reviewed by other scientists and ultimately published in the peer-reviewed journal, npj: Aging and Mechanisms of Disease.
In November 2017, the leading peer-reviewed aging journal, Nature Partner Journals: Aging and Mechanisms of Disease (@nature.research), published the results of our randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. The study showed an increase in NAD+ levels by an average of 40 percent after four weeks in adults taking the recommended daily dose of Basis. The increase was sustained throughout the duration of the trial. This is the first-ever demonstration that NAD+ levels can be increased and sustained in humans over a period of time. . . . . . . . #elysiumhealth #basis #science #health #illustration #animation #scientificillustration #molecularbiology #biology #cellularhealth #molecules #explained #explainervideo #research
With all of that said, there is still so much research that we hope will be done in the future in regards to NAD+. Hopefully, we will see more studies that surround this topic and we’ll be able to develop a clearer picture of how our bodies work and what steps we can take to ensure that they stay that way for as long as possible. What are your health and wellness tips that you can’t go without? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below!