11 Reasons Why NAD+ Should Be On Your Radar
If you zoom in on your body’s most fundamental activity, you’d see cells and molecules hard at work. You might be surprised to learn that some of the most vital players at work are ones you’ve never heard of.
NAD+, which stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is an essential coenzyme that you can’t live without. It works in your body at a cellular level, keeping your cells healthy and functioning so you can live a healthier and longer life. But NAD+ levels decline with age, and as NAD+ levels decline, health declines, too.
Your body needs more NAD+ as it ages, and Basis by Elysium Health is the proven way to boost your levels.
You get NAD+ from what what you eat, like milk and yeast and green vegetables. But your body needs more NAD+ as it ages, and Basis by Elysium Health is the proven way to boost your levels. Basis is made with two ingredients: a form of Vitamin B3 called nicotinamide riboside, or NR for short, and pterostilbene, a compound that also helps your cells stay healthy. The one-two punch of these ingredients together give your body exactly what it needs to keep your NAD+ levels high and your body functioning at its best.
Think you should know more about NAD+? We think so, too. Scientists are studying the long list of NAD+ benefits for a reason.
Here’s what you need to know about NAD+:
- NAD+ Is the Key to Cellular EnergyDo you think of energy drinks or coffee when you think of energy? Well, you should actually be thinking of ATP, the human body’s chemical source of energy. ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate, and it’s what creates energy in your body. NAD+ plays a main role in creating ATP.
- NAD+ Declines with Age
The body needs NAD+ but it doesn’t have an endless supply of it. The older we get, the less we produce. Two human studies proved this in 2012, in human skin, and then in 2015, in the human brain. These findings were critical because they mirrored what we’d already known happens in animals: that NAD+ declines with age. Animal studies had also shown that boosting NAD+ levels led to positive health outcomes, so the animal data led scientists to apply the same framework to humans.
- But You Can Get More NAD+
You can boost declining levels of NAD+ using what’s known as NAD+ precursors, which are molecules that start as one thing and change, chemically, to become NAD+ through various natural processes in the body. One of the main ingredients in Basis, nicotinamide riboside, is a very efficient NAD+ precursor. Basis can actually boost your NAD+ levels. Elysium Health’s double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial showed that Basis can increase NAD+ levels by an average of 40 percent.
- TIME Magazine Profiled NAD+ In The Longevity Issue
NAD+ went fully mainstream in 2018, when TIME included NAD+ in its longevity issue. “Scientists have yet to discover a longevity elixir that stands up to medical scrutiny,” TIME wrote. “A group of researchers believe they’re getting closer, however, thanks to a compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+ for short.”
- NAD+ Has the Attention of Nobel Laureates
NAD+ was first recognized on a Nobel Prize level in 1929 when two scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. One of the chemists identified the structure of NAD+, referencing it in his acceptance speech as “the biologically most important activators within the plant and animal world.” Other Nobel Laureates have also studied NAD+, going on to win the prize for their work in cellular respiration, cellular energy, and DNA.
- NAD+ Supports Circadian Rhythm
You’ve probably heard about circadian rhythm, the 24-hour clock your body runs on that tells you when it’s time to wake up and when it’s time to sleep. Circadian rhythms dictate our sleep but also our energy levels, hormones, body temperatures, metabolisms, and even behaviors. NAD+ plays an important role in keeping this rhythm on track.
- NAD+ Maintains Healthy DNA
The body has a natural process for keeping DNA healthy. NAD+ is part of that process. Think of your DNA as a strand of Christmas tree lights. If the strand is tightly and neatly wound, then the light bulbs will have a lower risk of being damaged. If the lights are tangled, the risk is higher. NAD+ works with other enzymes to keep your DNA strands tightly and neatly wound, protecting it from damage.
- NAD+ Is at the Center of Research
Scientists have been and still are studying animals to learn more about what role NAD+ can play in mitigating disease. For example, scientists are studying how increased levels of NAD+ in animals might help treat multiple sclerosis, liver cancer, obesity, and much more. Further scientific research is required to discover whether some findings can be translated to humans.
- NAD+ Unlocks the “Guardians of the Genome”
NAD+ activates sirtuins, the “guardians of the genome.” Sirtuins are a family of proteins that regulate cellular health, directing your cells to make sure they’re protected and functioning properly so you can have optimal health. Sirtuins require NAD+ to do this.
- People Are Raving About NAD+
Customers that take Basis and boost their NAD+ levels consider it essential to their lifestyle and overall health. One customer who’s been taking Basis for three years said they experienced “better sleep” and “even energy throughout the day.” A post-menopausal customer said taking Basis allows her to “age gracefully,” and another woman, who’s been taking Basis for six months, said “people have been telling me how good I look.” Read customer reviews.
- NAD+ Is Part of the Reason Your Flour Is FortifiedBoth US and international governments require fortification of certain flours and rices. It’s fortified with NAD+ precursors, which are incredibly important because precursors are what make NAD+. This dates back to the early 1900s, when a fatal disease called pellagra was plaguing the American south. It was eventually mitigated by doctors who identified nutritional deficiencies, specifically diets lacking NAD+ precursors, were to blame.