NAD+ IV Infusion
Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) is a coenzyme found in all living cells. NAD has even been referred to as an anti-aging molecule because of the important role it plays producing mitochondria in our bodies.
As we get older, our bodies generate less and less of this coenzyme. This is one reason why we begin to feel the effects of aging and become more prone to age-related illnesses as we age.
Initial Treatment: 2-3 hours
What is NAD+?
NAD+ helps energy production in the mitochondria of all living cells, which occurs through the metabolism of nutrients. Formed in the body from B vitamins, NAD+ also activates proteins called sirtuins, which are enzymes that create new mitochondria, protect DNA, and work with anti-aging. NAD+ is a “helper molecule” that helps other enzymes do their job most effectively.
- Slows cognitive decline
- Promotes healthy brain function
- Increases energy
- Fights chronic fatigue
- Regenerates cells
Our bodies make NAD+ using the foods we eat, but with the toxins we are exposed to via the environment we live in, foods we eat, air we breathe, NAD+ production is not optimal in most. By age 50, we lose 50% of our bodies’ NAD+, leading to cellular aging and poor cellular function. That’s why keeping NAD+ levels in the body optimal is an important part of maintaining health.
NAD+ is depleted when there is inflammation or oxidative stress in the body. Free radicals wreak havoc on the system and deplete the body of antioxidants, vitamins, and other powerful molecules that promote efficient cellular functioning and repair.
Things that deplete NAD+
1. Alcohol Use
Alcohol quickly depletes NAD+ in the body, which then leads to inflammation in the brain and liver. These lower levels of NAD+ also allow for chemical reactions that cause cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Thus, successful alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers often use NAD+ to aid in the detoxification of these addictive substances.
Overeating causes cortisol, glucose, and insulin levels to rise, which can lead to weight gain and increased inflammation. Eating foods high in sugar and fat also puts a lot of stress on the liver and can lead to fatty liver, a condition where fat is stored in the liver. This has been associated with lower NAD+ levels in aging.
3. Staying Awake At Night / Night Shift Workers
Studies have shown that people who are awake during the night have more oxidative stress than people who sleep at nighttime. This internal inflammation is thought to stem from melatonin suppression during the night by staying awake and/or working during the night.
4. Pregnancy* & Postpartum
Both pregnancy and postpartum bring major metabolic stressors to the mother as she is growing and nourishing the baby. During lactation, macronutrients from the mother are transported from the liver to the mammary glands (breasts), and the overall metabolic stress can decrease the mother’s liver NAD+ levels by one-third, adding stress to cells that perform up to and over 500 enzymatic reactions. On the other hand, mammary NAD+ increases by 20-fold. Therefore, improving NAD+ levels in the body may support healthy lactation.
5. Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease & Other Chronic Infections
These conditions, associated with CIRS, or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, notoriously correspond with lower NAD+ levels that are secondary to the oxidative stress involved. One reason is that CD38, a protein on the surface of immune cells, needs NAD+ to function and ward off foreign invaders — during inflammation, CD38 function increases and contributes to the depletion of NAD+. Many people with mold toxicity, Lyme disease, or other conditions associated with CIRS also suffer from neuroinflammation in the brain, which is fueled by depleted levels of NAD+.
If you are facing any of the above conditions, the best things you can do are reduce and eliminate unhealthy habits and increase healthier ones. Eating the right foods in healthy amounts, sleeping well at night, avoiding alcohol, and removing or avoiding sources of environmental toxins like mold are great first steps.
To further improve your NAD+ levels during times of illness or stress, or simply to feel your best as you age, infusing supplemental NAD+ through intravenous (IV) therapy is the most effective way to increase NAD+ in your body.
Overall Health + Wellbeing:
We recommend starting with a Revive or Immune Boost IV infusion for optimal absorption of NAD+ (45 min.) and then adding NAD+ (250mg) over two (2) hours. Finish with a 2000mg push of Glutathione (10 min.).
As NAD+ works in the body, toxins can be expelled, glutathione is a great antioxidant that can help your body release them.
*Another great addition to this healing protocol is adding Methylene Blue IV Infusion + Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to your regimen for compounded effects.
Alcohol Withdrawal or Drug Dependence:
When treating drug and alcohol addiction, daily doses of NAD+ (1000-1500mg) are given for 10-12 days in a row (6-8 hour infusions).
‡ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.