NAD+ is one of the most abundant and crucial coenzymes of every living cell in your body. It is an essential helper molecule in the chemical reactions in your cells that turn food into energy (also known as metabolism) and powers cellular processes that keep you alive.
Mitochondria are the “powerhouse” of your cells. It uses NAD+ as fuel to produce cellular energy. Cells consume this energy for hundreds of processes that your body performs daily for healthy function. There is almost no biological process that doesn’t need NAD+. In fact, NAD+ acts like an energy-starter for your cells, the levels of it decreasing implies your mitochondria are getting less fuel to function.
As a helper molecule, NAD+ activates enzymes that help generate over 90% of your body’s energy. It binds to enzymes and transfers tiny units of energy (electrons) between molecules. By transferring electrons in this way, NAD+ is part of a process for your body that can be compared to recharging a battery.
As you age, the NAD+ levels in your cells decrease. By age 45, you have about half the NAD+ you had at 20. And a busy modern lifestyle doesn’t help either. Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, pollution, and natural aging can be added to the list that consumes and diminish your level of NAD+.
HEALTHY AGING AND NAD+
NAD+ is vital to regulating the proper function of cellular processes which control health. Due to crosstalk between biological functions, it also has a powerful influence on aging processes. It is foundational in the following processes:
· Energy creation
· Inflammation management
· Immune response
· Muscle repair
· Cardiovascular function
· Cellular signaling
Despite being one of the most commonly-used organic cofactors in living cells, and playing a critical role in cellular metabolism, storage, and regulatory processes, we are not biologically engineered to maintain this life-sustaining molecule as we age. Replenishing your level of NAD+ helps prevent age-related declines allowing you to live a longer and healthier life.