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If you struggle with maintaining good everyday energy levels, you may have tried relying on caffeine, adjusting sleeping habits or even addressing gut health. But have you ever addressed your overall cellular health?
Yes, cell health is a thing — and it’s becoming an increasingly important topic as the science on cellular and mitrochondrial health quickly progresses.
One of the most buzzing topics when it comes to energy levels and cell health is NAD. A few cutting-edge brands are now offering ways to increase our bodies’ NAD levels with supplements that fuel our bodies’ natural processes for making NAD.
We’re taking a deep dive on TRU NIAGEN, the world’s only commercially available nicotinamide riboside (NR) supplement directly from the ingredient’s innovators, with a functional doc we love, Will Cole, D.C. NR is the B3 we’re talking about that’s proven to boost NAD in the body. There’s an impressive and ever-growing body of scientific evidence supporting NR and the ways it works to improve cellular health and to help us age better. Here’s Dr. Cole with more…
As a functional medicine practitioner, one of the main complaints I hear from my patients is a lack of energy. Fatigue is real and, with our busy lives, people want to be able to enjoy their days without counting down the hours until they can go back to sleep. I am always following the latest research and continuing to educate myself to give the best care to my patients.
Thankfully, there is a lot we can do nowadays to fight fatigue and optimize our overall health so we can thrive every single day at any age. One of the ways is by supporting your cellular health. Your body is made up of trillions of cells that come together to form all of the systems of your body including bones, muscles and organs. Because you are entirely made up of cells, it makes sense that optimal health starts at the cellular level.
One of the best ways I have found to support cellular health is through increasing your nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) levels — a coenzyme that our cells rely on to produce energy and maintain the proper function of these systems of our body. It’s essential to support NAD levels because our bodies utilize NAD in normal everyday functions such as eating, sleeping and breathing, but levels of this molecule don’t stay constant in our bodies unless we replenish them. In fact, NAD levels decline as we age. Just between your 40s and 60s they can drop as much as 50 percent. Additional everyday stressors can contribute to this decline of NAD including overeating, high alcohol intake, and a lack of exercise.
The research surrounding the importance of NAD is impressive and comprehensive. By helping cells generate energy, NAD relates to practically every aspect of our health.
Recent studies in animal models demonstrate some of the interesting ways we can potentially support health by supporting NAD. Of course, all of this still needs to be studied in humans, but these initial animal studies are the first step toward understanding the connection between NAD and our health.
In a 2012 study, researchers found that feeding mice a high-fat diet can lead to a number of unwanted metabolic side-effects — including a decrease in NAD levels. Researchers replenished NAD in these mice, which helped to enhance oxidative energy metabolism by activating pathways that play a role in a healthy cellular metabolism.
In 2016, a team of researchers genetically modified mice to have low levels of NAD in their muscles. When NAD was depleted, the muscles lost both strength and mass. Giving these mice NAD precursors — building blocks to make more NAD — helped improve muscle strength and physical endurance.
A more recent 2018 study in mice showed that high alcohol consumption can decrease levels of NAD in the liver and lead to changes in how nutrients like fats are metabolized. The liver is considered one of the body’s main detox organs. It helps to filter out toxins like alcohol. The researchers found that replenishing NAD in these mice helped bring the liver’s function back into balance.
What all of these studies have in common is that they were looking at supporting NAD levels through supplementing with the NAD precursor nicotinamide riboside (NR). This unique form of vitamin B3 has unique qualities that set it apart from the rest. It’s no wonder it has captured the attention of the scientific community.
The key ingredient in TRU NIAGEN is the patented and safety tested form of (NR) with the scientific evidence to back it. After trying TRU NIAGEN for myself, I experienced a noticeable difference in my overall energy. I took two TRU NIAGEN capsules at the same time every morning, each containing 150mg of cellular support. Not only does TRU NIAGEN contain this next-level form of vitamin B3, the inactive ingredients are of the highest quality and are gluten-free, caffeine-free, nut-free, vegetarian and free of artificial colors, flavors and animal byproducts. TRU NIAGEN sponsored a recent post on my blog after giving me the product to try for 8 weeks.
In my Ketotarian lifestyle, I already eat a lot of healthy fats and detoxifying vegetables which help to support my energy. But adding in this specific NAD precursor amplifies the energy-boosting benefits of my plant-based keto diet by specifically targeting the health of my cells and their energy powerhouses.
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