Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, better known as NAD, is an essential coenzyme indispensable for the metabolic function of your body that helps you burn fat and stay energized and healthy.
NAD IV therapy is an innovative, all-natural treatment that has been successfully used for weight loss. Keep reading to find out more about NAD and how it can help you prevent weight gain and maintain your ideal healthy weight.
NAD, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is found in every cell of your body. This coenzyme or “helper molecule” supports the optimal function of your cells by fueling essential biological processes, repairing damage within the body, and providing energy.
NAD is the main carrier of electrons in the energy-producing processes that take 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 essential body functions such as breathing, moving, thinking, and digestion. Without a sufficient supply of NAD, the mitochondria are not able to adequately convert the nutrients from the foods that you eat into usable energy.
Besides helping activate enzymes that convert food into energy, NAD is indispensable for the functioning of sirtuins, the proteins that protect the nervous system and brain from deterioration. It also has a crucial role in the regulation of oxidative stress, the long-term accumulation of free radicals that causes cellular damage. Scientists consider it to be the most powerful antioxidant in the human body.
Although your body naturally produces NAD, its supply is far from endless. The levels of this molecule gradually decrease with age, leading to impaired mitochondria function. This decline may be further accelerated by factors such as stress, poor sleeping habits, lack of healthy nutrition, and misuse of alcohol or drugs.
Low NAD levels are associated with signs of aging and age-related chronic conditions. NAD deficiency may result in a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, weakened immune system, sleep issues, and concentration problems.
Boosting NAD levels brings the body into balance and can reverse the damage caused by the reduced functioning of the molecule.
So how exactly can NAD help improve your body’s metabolic function? Here’s a closer look at the role NAD plays in metabolism.
NAD and Metabolic Function
NAD and the body’s metabolic function are closely related. NAD is responsible for ensuring that hundreds of metabolic chemical reactions proceed smoothly.
What is metabolism?
Metabolism is the series of chemical reactions in the cells that transform food into energy. The human body uses sugar, amino acids, and fatty acids as energy sources whenever needed. These compounds are absorbed into the blood and carried to the cells. A number of different enzymes speed up or regulate the chemical reactions in the cells where the energy is either released and used by the body or stored in body tissues, such as the liver and muscles.
Thousands of metabolic reactions occur simultaneously in order to keep the cells working and healthy. The sum of all these metabolic chemical reactions is known as the basal metabolic rate or BMR. The BMR corresponds to the number of calories your body needs to perform basic functions, such as blood circulation, breathing, cell production, and processing nutrients.
When your BMR is low, the condition often referred to as “slow metabolism,” the body struggles to create energy and supply it to cells. Conversely, when your BMR is high, there is enough energy to allow for the optimal functioning of the cells.
Role of NAD in metabolism
NAD plays a critical role in regulating cellular metabolism and energy homeostasis, a balance of the production and consumption rates of metabolic resources. It acts as a delivery mechanism in energy creation during various metabolic chemical reactions that occur in the body.
NAD molecules donate and accept electrons to and from enzymes in the mitochondrial membrane. The two forms of NAD—NAD+and NADH—constitute a so-called redox couple. The NAD+ Is the oxidized form, that is, a state in which it loses an electron. NADH is a reduced form of the molecule, which means that it gains the electron lost by NAD+. Redox reactions involving electron transfers play a central role in energy creation.
How NAD levels affect metabolism
The body’s metabolic function is directly influenced by changes in NAD levels. When NAD levels fall, a chain reaction of failures occurs. It affects the metabolic function and your body’s ability to create and use energy. The less NAD you have available to convert nutrients into energy, the more food will remain in your body. It will be converted to and stored as fat.
Consequences of low NAD levels include increased free radicals, fat build-up, as well as cellular degeneration. A decline in NAD levels is closely related to the development of various metabolic disorders, such as diabetes and fatty liver disease, for example.
Scientists have discovered that boosting NAD levels in the body can lead to enhanced metabolic function. Administration of NAD precursors— compounds that participate in a chemical reaction that produces NAD, such as nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) and nicotinamide riboside (NR)—can increase NAD levels in tissues and prevent metabolic diseases.
NAD IV therapy increases the bioavailability of NAD, helping your cells effectively and efficiently convert food molecules into energy and help you lose weight.
How Can NAD Help With Weight Loss?
A NAD IV drip can boost your NAD levels and improve your metabolism, which is key to keeping weight under control. Here are some ways in which NAD can help you in your efforts to lose weight:
Helps burn fat
If your metabolism slows down, there isn’t enough energy to burn fat. By boosting metabolism, NAD helps provide enough fuel to burn fat reserves to power the body instead of storing them.
Helps keep weight off
When you’re trying to lose weight, keeping those extra pounds off is as important as losing them. NAD IV therapy helps boost resting metabolism, the energy you burn while at rest, which is an essential factor in keeping fat reserves low after a weight loss.
Enhances strength and endurance
Low NAD levels have been associated with fatigue and low energy. This makes exercising when you’re trying to lose weight more difficult and less effective. Increasing NAD levels in your body will give you more strength and endurance to work out longer, resulting in faster weight loss.
Generates healthier appetite
Several studies have suggested that NAD levels influence regulating appetite and, as a result, body weight. Manipulating sirtuin levels in the hypothalamus was shown to affect how hungry you feel. That is why a healthy balance of NAD in the neurons of the hypothalamus can help you suppress hunger.
Improves circadian rhythm
NAD is known to regulate circadian rhythms. That is why when you are NAD deficient, your sleep becomes irregular. Irregular sleep patterns can slow your metabolism and cause you to hold on to excess fat, hindering your weight loss goals. Lack of sleep is also shown to affect food choices, cause food cravings, and negatively impact the resting metabolism.
One of the safest and most efficient ways to increase the amount of NAD in the body is through intravenous therapy. Here’s what you can expect from your NAD IV treatment for weight loss.
NAD IV Therapy for Weight Loss
At-home IV therapy is similar to any intravenous treatment you would get in a hospital setting. A Reset IV nurse will administer the fluid IV solution through a tube, called a catheter, that is attached to a needle that enters your bloodstream. The coenzyme will then slowly drip into your bloodstream over several hours.
While receiving the therapy, you will have to keep your arm still for the duration of the treatment so you don’t accidentally dislodge the catheter. Otherwise, you can relax, read, watch television, or browse on your phone while sitting comfortably on your sofa or bed. After the therapy, a small bandage will be placed on the injection site. There is no required downtime after the session and you can immediately return to your daily activities.
Reset IV is a concierge service. This means that you don’t need to leave your home to enjoy the benefits of the NAD IV treatment. We will be at your door within an hour of booking, depending on availability. And you’re not required to have any special equipment—we’ll bring everything you’ll need.
Benefits of NAD IV therapy
Receiving NAD through an infusion is the most effective option of delivering high amounts of the coenzyme directly into the cells. NAD IV therapy for weight loss provides a host of benefits, including:
NAD IV treatment is a holistic therapy that uses only naturally occurring chemicals, so that no synthetic or harmful substances will enter your body.
The Reset IV NAD solution consists of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and normal saline. This mixture of water and sodium chloride replenishes the fluids necessary for normal body function. Staying hydrated is particularly important when you're trying to lose weight. It allows fats to be eliminated from your body more efficiently, flushes out toxins, reduces fluid retention, and decreases the appetite.
NAD IV therapy delivers high doses of NAD directly into your bloodstream. Unlike oral supplements, NAD administered intravenously bypasses the digestive system and immediately reaches the blood. This allows for a 100% absorption rate and minimal waste of nutrients. The therapy works fast and offers lasting results.
If your therapy 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, lightheadedness, and nausea. Reset IV average treatment time is between 2 and 4 hours.
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.
Reset IV therapy offers a wide range of add-ons to maximize the effectiveness of your NAD treatment. You can choose among the following ingredients:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B12
- B-complex consisting of eight B vitamins
- Biotin, one of the B-complex vitamins
- Multivitamin cocktail
- Glutathione, which can prevent and repair the damage that toxins cause to the body
- Modified Myer’s cocktail (magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C)
- L-Arginine, an amino acid that helps the body build protein
- BCAA (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) that helps build muscle and decrease muscle fatigue
- Taurine, an amino acid with antioxidant properties.
Adding these essential vitamins and minerals to your IV solution will not only enhance the effectiveness of NAD, but also allow you to enjoy additional benefits like increased energy, mental clarity, improved cognitive function, and overall well-being.
Do I Have to Consult With a Doctor Before Using NAD for Weight Loss?
It is always a good idea to consult your doctor before starting your weight loss journey, in particular if you are taking medications or have any health issues.
Reset IV physicians and nurse practitioners will provide a free medical consultation and approve your treatment before you start your NAD IV therapy for weight loss. They will also offer recommendations based on the initial assessment and your particular needs. Each NAD treatment regimen is individually designed based on the results you’re looking to achieve.
It is important to keep in mind that a NAD infusion on its own won’t make you lose weight. Although an IV treatment may help you increase your metabolism and get rid of extra pounds faster, it can’t cure metabolic disorders or function as a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise.