What I’m doing
- I do HIIT EXERCISE (stair running) three or four times a week
- I take 750 mg of NMN in the morning, along with 450 mg of resveratrol and 1 gram of trimethylglycine. (I’m still experimenting to find the right amount of NMN to take. It’s pricey. I may lower it to 500 next week to see if I notice a difference.)
- I take between 500 milligrams and 1 gram of NIACIN at night, along with 1000 mg of resveratrol and 1 gram of trimethylglycine (and some calcium, magnesium and vitamin D).
- I take CONTRAST SHOWERS every morning: 3 minutes hot; 2 minutes cold; 3 minutes hot; 3 minutes cold.
- After showering, I get RED LIGHT EXPOSURE for 10-12 minutes, standing between panels of 660 nm and 630 nm lights, with lights also shining up on me from above and below.
- I do intermittent fasting (timed eating); i.e., I stop eating at 7 p.m. and fast until at least 7 a.m. I sometimes fast until noon or 1 p.m.
- I do either a 4 or 5 day water/green tea/coffee fast, or a 4 or 5 day fasting mimicking diet, a few times a year. (These days I usually opt for the fasting mimicking diet.)
- In addition to the supplements I take to keep my NAD+ levels high, I take several supplements aimed at increasing testosterone levels in my body and keeping my body and brain clear of plaque and senescent cells.
Which supplement is best?
You might actually ask first, do we really need to take a supplement if we’re doing other things to increase NAD+. I’m taking NAD+ boosters experimentally, but it’s possible that they’re just a waste of money, since I do so many other things to keep my levels high.But if you do take them, which one makes the most sense to buy?Of the forms of B3 that are commonly available without a prescription, only niacin has been shown to not only raise NAD+, but to lower LDL cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol, lower triglycerides and improve the HDL/triglycerides balance. So niacin has many benefits that NR and the other products that raise NAD+ levels don’t have. Plus, it’s cheap… only a few cents per capsule. It may not make as much NAD+ per milligram, but you can buy a lot more milligrams for your money.My blood glucose dropped significantly, going from prediabetic into normal range, when I took niacin along with this regimen. And since niacin is so cheap, I can afford to take much more of it than I can NR.
My experience taking Niacin
I’ve been taking niacin off and on for years. Currently I take it when I’m going to bed, because I sleep better when I do. The flush is a little uncomfortable but no big deal, and usually passes in a few minutes. I take resveratrol and TMG and chromium along with it, and also take some calcium and magnesium because, along with niacin, they promote the formation of melatonin.
My experience taking NR
I started taking NR a few months ago, hoping it would raise my NAD+ levels. I had high hopes based on the articles I’d read about it. But the first time I took it, I felt a little sick, woozy and lightheaded.
The next time, I even worse: sick, woody, dizzy and lightheaded. I assumed this was because Niagen decreases blood pressure, and mine is already a little low.
The longer I took it, the worse I felt. Not just dizziness –– I felt down, depressed, low energy, and deeply fatigued. After two weeks of taking it, I almost couldn’t get out of bed during the day to get things done. I needed four or five naps a day. I didn’t realize at the time that the NR/niagen was causing this. When I stopped taking it, I felt better within a few hours.
I learned later that one reason for my negative reaction may have been because NR depletes methyl groups. When I stopped taking it and started taking TMG (trimethyl glycine), I felt better almost immediately. Based on those experiences, I decided that when taking any form of B3 in the future, I would take some TMG along with it. (I tried NR a few months later along with TMG, but I still felt cruddy, so gave the rest of the bottle to a friend.)
My experience taking NMN
My experiences taking NMN have been better, so far.
- When I take it, I don’t feel fatigued. I have slightly more energy than usual, and feel a slight elevation of my alertness.
- When I take a big dose (700 + mg) most days, along with 450 mg of resveratrol and some TMG, I (sometimes) experience a boost to my libido.
- It’s hard to know though if the libido boost is caused by the NMN, as I usually take it along with some L. Reuteri 6475, which is also known to increase testosterone and crank up sexual energy in males.
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