What is NAD+?NAD+ stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and is a coenzyme that naturally occurs in our bodies. NAD+ plays an important role in energy production, as it helps sustain our mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are responsible for converting oxygen and nutrients into energy, in turn generating around 90% of the energy our cells need to function and survive. We all have NAD+ in our cells and it plays a vital role in our health.
Why do we need NAD+?We need NAD+ in order to lead happy and healthy lives because it impacts so many functions within the body. As we mentioned previously, it enables our mitochondria to function properly - but what does this actually mean? Well, NAD+ works to keep the body healthy by supporting metabolisms, repairing damage to cells and DNA and boosting your immune system. Without NAD+, the body simply wouldn’t be able to function and do all the things it does to maintain our daily physical and mental health.
NAD+ and oxidative stressOxidative stress is one of the most damaging processes that occurs in our body. It’s a phenomenon caused by an imbalance between production and accumulation of oxygen reactive species in cells and tissues and the ability of a biological system to detoxify these reactive products. Oxidative stress can lead to symptoms such as:
- Memory loss or brain fog
- Muscle and/or joint pain
- Wrinkles and loose skin
- Chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease