By Andrey Rossin
Brain health and NAD
First and foremost, NAD stands for: nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, and it is an essential coenzyme in every living cell that declines with aging. I first learned about NAD in 2015 from Dr. Richard Mestayer, III – the founder of Springfield Wellness Center. Dr. Mestayer is considered the leading authority in the USA on intravenous NAD infusions and creator of Brain Restoration Plus the ten day NAD IV protocol. He also holds a 40-year career as a practicing physician specializing in psychiatry. His wife Paula Norris recently published a book called Addiction: the Dark Night of the Soul/NAD: The Light Of Hope. Little did I know when I was calling the Doc 9 years ago that this amazing natural substance would take the focal point in my life!
Facts about NAD
At age 50, we have 40% less NAD+ than at age 20. By age 80, NAD+ levels drop as much as 98%. NAD also acts as a neurotransmitter, so it regulates our brain health. The organic way to increase our levels naturally that are fasting, sleep and physical exercise. Even those measures do not increase our NAD levels to a high enough level. This can be measured by any doctor that offers blood work. In school we study the process called the Creb’s cycle and production of NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide [NAD] + hydrogen [H]), which is the creation of cell respiration in the electron transport chain, to create the fuel and energy for molecular health function. It is a chemical process that generates energy on our molecular level. Without NAD we will not be alive.
What happens without proper NAD levels?
What happens when we lack NAD? The impacts can include:
o Arterial Stiffness
o Circadian Rhythm Imbalance
o Pro-youth Genes Turned Off
o Restless Leg Syndrome
o Cellular Senescence
What do we know about NAD?
It repairs our DNA, restorative and anti-inflammatory, it effects our circadian rhythm-improves sleep, acts as a neurotransmitter- improving our brain health closely connected to levels of stress and depression and creates ATP -adenosine triphosphate -our energy factories on the cellular level. The answer is that NAD extends our telomeres for longer lifespan and that everyone can benefit from it.
I am a certified addiction counselor hoping to become a Doctor of Naturopathy one day. Currently working with severe mental health cases and addicted population. What we see as a result of NAD therapy is just miraculous. We are very excited to work with clients that get results from it.
A bit of history of NAD. The precursor of NAD is niacin, nicotinamide (NAM), nicotinamide riboside (NR), inside of our bodies they ferment into pure NAD. Niacin was first discovered in 1906, in 1929 NAD was purified first time, in 1936 it was shown how NAD functions in fermentation reactions, 1938 Conrad Elvehjem discovered “anti-black tongue factor,” the first vitamin precursors of NAD. He also discovered nicotinic acid-niacin and nicotinamide.
1967 Alclin lab South Africa created an intravenous protocol through powder called DPN Diphosphopyridine Nucleotide-virtually – NAD. Theo Verway coined The Father of NAD has treated over 12,000 patients and families with DPN with all types of different symptoms. Abram Hoffer -the founder of orthomolecular therapy utilized large quantities of niacin for his clients suffering from severe depression and schizophrenia during the 1950’and 1960’s . David Sinclair -Australian biologist and professor of genetics, currently studies NAD at MIT in Boston, famously known Google has already invested more than $1,5 billion in study of NAD in its secretive Calico Labs.
One can utilize NAD through the IV, shots, patches, nasal spray, cream, oral melts, candy and liquid form.
I suggest to anyone interested in NAD do more research and experience it, you might very well be pleasantly surprised, and your body will say a big “Thank you”.