As we age, various degenerative processes in our cells cause conditions such as brain fog, stress, depression, anxiety, and memory decline. NAD, a powerful coenzyme naturally present in the human body, can help improve brain health and boost mental performance.
Here’s how increasing NAD levels through intravenous IV therapy can help improve your cognitive functioning so that you can perform at your best.
What Is NAD IV Therapy?
NAD, short for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is found in every cell of your body. This coenzyme or “helper molecule” is required for essential biological processes ranging from DNA repair to providing energy.
NAD is the main carrier of electrons in energy production that takes place in the mitochondria, membrane-bound organelles found in almost every living cell. Mitochondria generate most of the energy needed to power the cell's biochemical reactions. This energy in its turn enables all basic body functions such as breathing, moving, and thinking.
The NAD molecule has two forms known as NADH and NAD+ that constitute a redox couple. NAD+ is the oxidized form of the molecule, that is, a state in which it loses an electron. NADH represents its reduced form, where it gains the electron lost by NAD+. Redox reactions involving electron transfers play a central role in energy creation in your body.
NAD also binds with other proteins to allow DNA repair and reduce DNA mutations, which can contribute to conditions such as immunodeficiency, atherosclerosis, and cancer. NAD is indispensable for the functioning of sirtuins, the proteins that protect your nervous system and brain from deterioration. As the most powerful antioxidant in the body, it plays a major role in the regulation of oxidative stress, the long-term accumulation of free radicals that cause cellular damage.
NAD and aging
Although the human body naturally produces NAD, its levels inevitably decrease with age. This decline is accelerated by factors such as stress, poor sleeping habits, lack of healthy nutrition, and misuse of alcohol or drugs.
NAD deficiency is associated with signs of aging and age-related conditions like chronic fatigue, depression, stress, anxiety, weakened immune system, sleep issues, memory disturbance, and concentration problems. Boosting NAD levels can bring your body back into balance and reverse the damage caused by the reduced functioning of the molecule.
Benefits of NAD IV therapy
There are several different ways in which you can replenish your NAD reserves, such as a healthy diet and taking oral supplements, for example. However, intravenous (IV) therapy is the only alternative that allows NAD to completely bypass the digestive system and get delivered directly into your bloodstream. This way, your body is able to absorb 100% of the coenzyme and immediately use it to produce the necessary energy.
What’s more, unlike store-bought oral supplements, NAD IV treatment contains no artificial ingredients at all. It is a holistic therapy that uses only chemicals that are naturally present in your body.
The NAD IV treatment works fast and offers lasting results when it comes to improving overall brain health. Soon after your NAD infusion session, you will experience improved mental clarity and concentration, enhanced memory, and better mood. This overall boost in brain function can also help overcome common mental conditions such as stress, depression, anxiety, as well as some mood disorders.
Reset IV NAD therapy
The Reset IV expert health professionals are highly experienced in administering intravenous treatments. Your at-home IV therapy session will be similar to an intravenous infusion done in a hospital setting. A certified nurse will administer the fluid IV through a tube attached to a needle, called a catheter, that enters your blood. The NAD solution will then slowly drip into your bloodstream over several hours.
During your session, you are free to relax, read, watch television, or browse on your phone while sitting comfortably on your sofa or bed. After the treatment, the nurse will place a small bandage on the injection site on your arm. There is no required downtime after the therapy and you can immediately return to your daily activities.
Because Reset IV is a concierge service, there’s no need to leave the comfort of your home to enjoy the benefits of the NAD treatment. We can deliver therapy wherever you are, whether it’s your home, your office, a hotel room, or a gym. We will be at your door within an hour of booking, depending on availability.
Ingredients and add-ons
The Reset IV NAD solution consists of two basic ingredients: nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and normal saline, a mixture of water and sodium chloride. The normal saline base delivers the NAD supplement into your bloodstream and at the same time replenishes the fluids necessary for normal body functioning.
In order to cater to your individual needs, we also offer several add-ons, including vitamin C, vitamin B12, a vitamin-B complex consisting of eight B vitamins, a multivitamin cocktail, modified Myer’s cocktail, glutathione, taurine, and more. Adding these essential vitamins and minerals to the NAD IV solution has a twofold function. On the one hand, it enhances the effectiveness of NAD, and on the other it allows you to enjoy additional benefits of the therapy such as increased energy and overall well-being.
Read on to learn more about why NAD is indispensable in maintaining your brain healthy.
How Can NAD Help With Brain Health?
NAD helps your brain function at the optimal level by repairing brain cells, protecting them from damage, and increasing the activity of neurons. The human body relies on mitochondria to convert the glucose from the food we eat into metabolic energy and subsequently supply this energy to the brain cells. When NAD levels are low, the mitochondria are unable to convert sufficient amounts of nutrients to energy and supply it to the brain cells.
In other words, without adequate NAD levels, your brain will become starved for energy. And because the brain requires more energy than any other organ in your body—it consumes more than one-third of all the energy you produce—you will notice the symptoms in your nervous system first. The signs of poor brain health that indicate that your brain needs more energy include:
- Brain fog
- Lack of mental clarity
- Difficulties concentrating
- Experiencing extreme mood changes
- Having a hard time processing information
- Taking longer than normal to complete tasks
- Feeling tired, groggy, and irritable, and
- Sleeping problems.
Increasing the amount of NAD available to your brain allows the mitochondria to operate at optimal levels and hence improve your brain health.
Some ways in which NAD benefits the brain and neurological function include:
Improve brain regeneration
Scientists have found that when subjected to NAD therapy, brain cells can reverse in age. NAD repairs damage done to the mitochondrial layer that protects cells and restores them to their normal function.
Improve brain health and neurological function
Low levels of NAD prevent brain cells from operating at optimum levels, leading to fatigue, memory loss, poor focus, and other conditions. Since NAD helps your brain to function at the optimal degree by repairing damaged mitochondria, increasing the function of neurons, and protecting brain cells from damage and death, boosting NAD levels in your body can enhance your brain function.
Increase mental clarity
NAD is indispensable for helping maintain and protect your mental clarity and focus. It increases the effectiveness of sirtuins, the proteins that fight the mental decline associated with aging. That is why NAD supplementation can enable you to have faster mental reflexes and think more clearly.
Enhance focus and concentration
When your brain doesn’t have the necessary tools to maintain high levels of sustained focus, you may struggle to concentrate. NAD helps increase metabolic energy in the cells, which enables your brain to operate better and improve your focus and concentration.
Memory decline is one of the hallmarks of aging. As you age, your brain cells gradually lose their memory capacity due to age-related cellular degeneration and low energy levels. Increasing the amounts of NAD can reverse the aging effects in your brain cells and help you improve your memory.
NAD has been shown to repair damage to neurotransmitter systems responsible for mood changes. Supplementing NAD enables the release of chemicals responsible for mood elevation such as dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline, and creates feelings of calmness and happiness. Besides, the hydration your body gets through NAD infusion also contributes to regulating your mood.
NAD has a crucial role in supporting optimal cognitive functioning, and it may even slow down the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.
Can NAD Therapy Protect Against Neurodegenerative Diseases?
Neurons are the primary building blocks of your body’s nervous system. When neurons become damaged or die, due to physical trauma or aging, for example, your body is not able to replace them. This can trigger a range of neurological symptoms typical of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease, the three most common neurodegenerative disorders.
The good news is, NAD can prevent and reverse the injury of neuronal cells by restoring their levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that transports chemical energy within cells for metabolism. In addition, the coenzyme supports DNA stability by maintaining membrane integrity and preventing cellular injuries.
Studies indicate that the damage and death of neurons may be due to low levels of metabolic energy. The reduction of the metabolic rate of glucose in the brain is one of the main abnormalities found in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. By boosting NAD levels, it is possible to increase metabolic energy in the brain, which can help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Does NAD Help With Sleep?
The circadian rhythm is the internal clock that helps your body regulate its natural flow of energy. When the circadian rhythm is not functioning as it should, it can disrupt your sleeping patterns. As a consequence, it may negatively affect your health, accelerating the aging process, and making you more prone to disease.
NAD plays an essential role in the regulation of sleep-wake cycles. A healthy circadian rhythm is closely interconnected with sirtuins, a group of proteins that support cellular health and play a key role in regulating cellular homeostasis. However, sirtuins can only function properly when sufficient amounts of NAD are present in the cells.
NAD also helps maintain the proper activity of the genes that regulate circadian rhythm and repairs DNA that directs circadian function. That is why when you are NAD deficient, your sleep becomes irregular. NAD supplementation helps normalize this cycle and provide you with better and more restful sleep. NAD IV therapy has also shown potential in treating various sleep disorders.
Are There Any Negative Side Effects of Using NAD?
Because NAD is a vitamin supplement and naturally produced by the human body, the FDA has not assessed its supplementation and therapies. Current research, however, supports NAD IV therapy and it has been successfully used for various treatments including improving brain health.
If your treatment doesn’t exceed the recommended daily amounts of NAD, you will most likely not experience any harmful side effects. Some people may have very mild reactions to NAD like nausea, fatigue, headaches, diarrhea, stomach discomfort, or indigestion. If you have NAD infused intravenously for less than two hours, you may feel increases in physiological activity including chest pressure, increased energy, intestinal cramps, and lightheadedness.
You need to keep in mind, however, that as is the case with any type of infusion, IV procedures are not completely risk-free. In rare cases, complications such as vein inflammations and infections may occur. At Reset IV, our priority is ensuring that you are receiving a treatment that meets the highest safety standards using only top of the line sterile equipment. For your safety, our nurses have all the necessary supplies readily accessible and are trained to quickly respond in case an allergic reaction takes place.
Additionally, our physicians and nurse practitioners will provide a free medical consultation and approve your treatment before you start the therapy. They will also offer recommendations based on the initial assessment and your specific needs.