The ability to boost NAD levels through supplementation has profound implications for healthy aging. NAD levels decline as we age, and as health optimizers, we are constantly seeking ways to lengthen not just our lifespan, but the length of time we are healthy and functional—not just alive (healthspan).
NAD, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is a hub molecule in cellular metabolism, directly or indirectly impacting all 12 of the hallmarks of aging. Recently, our Science Team devoted a Collective Insights episode to helping you better understand exactly what NAD is and why it plays a vital role in the aging process. What follows is a summary of the podcast discussion.
The Role of NAD in Aging
NAD is intricately involved in the hallmarks of aging, which are the underlying processes that drive the aging process. It directly or indirectly influences all twelve hallmarks, including mitochondrial dysfunction, genomic instability, and gut dysbiosis. NAD is essential for maintaining the function of mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, and for repairing DNA damage. It also plays a role in cellular stress response pathways and the health of our gut microbiome.
Signs and Symptoms of Low NAD Levels
As NAD levels decline with age, certain signs and symptoms may manifest. These can include decreased energy levels, cognitive decline, skin issues, and gastrointestinal problems. NAD is crucial for cellular energy production, so a decline in NAD can lead to a decrease in overall vitality and resilience. It is important to note that NAD levels can vary among individuals, and factors such as lifestyle and genetics can influence the rate of decline.
Boosting NAD: Myths and Innovations
There are several myths surrounding NAD and its supplementation. One common misconception is that liposomal or sublingual forms of NAD boosters are more effective. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence to support these claims. Another myth is that one form of NAD precursor, such as nicotinamide riboside (NR) or nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), is superior to others. In reality, multiple pathways contribute to NAD production, and supporting all of them is crucial for optimal results. Read NR vs. NMN for a deep dive on the subject.
Qualia NAD+ stands out as an innovative NAD booster due to its comprehensive approach. It includes multiple NAD precursors, such as NR and niacin, to support various pathways of NAD production. Additionally, it contains Aquamin, a magnesium complex that is essential for ATP production, and coffee berry extract, which synergistically enhances NAD conversion.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.