RAISE YOUR NAD+ LEVELS INEXPENSIVELY – OR EVEN FOR FREE

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WHY WORRY ABOUT NAD?

NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) has many important functions in the body.  It helps convert the energy in food molecules into an energy currency that can be utilized by our cells. It helps repair damaged DNA, and protects cells from stress. We would not be alive without NAD+ in our cells.

As we age, NAD+ levels in the human body decrease. Higher levels are associated with better health.  So supplements and treatments claiming to increase NAD+ levels are becoming a big business. I’ve listed a few of the key ones to be aware of, below.


SUPPLEMENTS THAT INCREASE NAD+

Several supplements have been shown to increase NAD+ levels in the body. Some also support the activity of our mitochondria and sirtuin genes.

Some supplements work by providing the raw materials for making more NAD. Others work by preventing enzymes from destroying NAD in our bodies. Some are cheap; but others are outrageously expensive. If you rely on supplements alone, you could easily end up spending $5 to $10 a day, just trying to keep your NAD levels high.

They include:

  1. Niacin (nicotinic acid)
  2. Niacinamide (also known as nicotinamide)
  3. NR (nicotinamide riboside)
  4. NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide)
  5. Pau D’Arco (available as a supplement or a tea)
  6. Tryptophan (available in several foods)
  7. Malic Acid
  8. Vitamin D
  9. Leucine 
  10. Apigenin (found in parsley, celery, chamomile, grapefruit and green tea – also available as a supplement) See article

In PART 2, I talk more about these supplements — but also about inexpensive or FREE things you can do easily and routinely to keep your NAD levels up, some of which don’t involve food or supplements at all. CONTINUE TO PART 2