What Is NAD?
For years, I’ve been very vocal about my desire to live up to 100 (or more), which has led me into the field of longevity. In my research, I stumbled upon people like David Sinclair, who have dedicated their careers to understanding why we age and how to reverse it--a topic I find incredibly fascinating. Research shows that intermittent fasting (which I’m a big fan of) and calorie restriction slow down the aging process, repairs broken DNA, and fights free radicals.Sinclair believes that a compound found in all living cells, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), could be used to mimic these effects when used as a supplement. NAD is an important compound that is part of your cellular metabolism, it helps produce energy and acts as a sirtuin activator. Sirtuins are a group of seven genes that are very important in regulating the aging process. And while these decline as we age, they can be activated through an increase in NAD. Making NAD the new IT supplement for longevity.
When we’re young, NAD is plentiful, but as we age, we start to produce less and less and our bodies and mind start to decline as a result. NAD is a coenzyme of niacin (B3)—the powerhouse that provides the energy to the mitochondria in the cell structure. The more NAD you have, the more efficient your cells, mitochondria, and DNA functions.
Some of the benefits include:-increased mental clarity and focus
-aids in depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
-slows the aging process.
-speeds recovery from injury.
-improves cardiovascular health.
Some studies show that NAD therapy can help mitigate symptoms of Azheimer’s disease.
Naturally, I had to try it. What took me so long? It’s not easy to find as it’s not FDA approved, not enough scientific evidence on humans (first stage of human trials was in 2018), and it’s very expensive. I finally made my way to Plasticity in Miami Beach, the practice of Dr. Ivan Rusilko. NAD therapy is administered through (IV) and it’s $650 for one session, or $2500 for 5. The drip itself is not easy, at least in my experience. I felt very nauseous, shortness of breath, and overall discomfort during the duration of the drip (90-120 min). They claim all normal symptoms of this type of therapy. All symptoms subsided within a couple hours post-treatment and in the days to follow I’ve had insane amounts of clean energy, improved focus, uplifted mood & my skin is glowing.
Will I do it again? Absolutely!
***While these statements are supported by my research and personal experiences, they have not been verified by the FDA or a medical professional. These statements are not intended to cure or treat any ailments or diseases. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional before starting any at-home regimen to ensure these techniques are right for you.