A plague of modern society; we just don't seem to have enough time or energy to do what we need to do. While we can't help you with the finding more time thing (or maybe we can), we've got something that will definitely help in the energy department. Enter, NAD IV Therapy, and a whole lot of research on NAD levels in muscle tissue (read: stored in mitochondria). If you haven't yet had a chance to read our article on The Science of NAD Infusions - head on over now to get a head start on the knowledge. If so, read on ahead about how NAD is crucial for your energy creation and storage.
The mitochondria are the powerhouses of your cells because they're where energy is created and stored. Certain areas of our bodies contain more mitochondria than others; specifically the heart muscle and muscles used for your walking, running, sitting, holding things up, etc. When these muscles are working, ATP (the biochemical name for the energy mitochondria produces) gets used up. We've known this for a long time. What we haven't known is how NAD was implicated in this process.
A study done in 2010 using both trained and untrained healthy volunteers helped tease out the relationship. The researchers showed that intense exercise decreases NAD. When the study participants took an antioxidant supplement containing pycgnogenol (which stimulates NAD production and protects it from turning into the inactive, oxidized form of the molecule), NAD levels increased, and exercise performance and “time to fatigue” also improved. This means that not only did people perform better, they also recovered better.
As NAD is the activated form of the B Vitamin Niacin, it stands to reason that in order to boost NAD levels you could take a high-quality B Vitamin. But you could also do something better (and far more efficient) than that. Using a direct IV infusion of NAD is a far more efficient way of raising NAD levels than taking an indirect, oral supplement, or one that acts as a stimulator for NAD. If the study above shows benefit when we use an indirect stimulator for NAD, Intravenous (IV) NAD would have probably a far more pronounced effect than the study cited above.
Mach, John, et al. “The Effect of Antioxidant Supplementation on Fatigue during Exercise: Potential Role for NAD+ (H).” Nutrients 2.3 (2010): 319-329.
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