As much as we hate to acknowledge or accept it, aging is a natural and inevitable part of the cycle of life. Yet some people seem to age gracefully, sliding seamlessly into their silver years with vigor and grace, while age takes a horrific toll on others, erasing all resemblance to their younger selves.
What We Know About Aging
Over the past several years, scientists have gained a great deal of insight into the precise mechanisms of aging, and have identified certain factors that contribute to the aging process. Along the way, they have made an exciting discovery about nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+, and its ability to slow or even reverse the aging process.
Common signs of aging include:
- Loss of muscle and skin tone
- Mental fogginess
- Reduced cognitive function
- Memory loss
- Reduced energy levels
- Diminished metabolic function
NAD+ is naturally present in all cells, but as we age, NAD+ levels markedly decline, causing an energy deficit and loss of youthful function. By age 50, most people have only half the NAD+ they enjoyed in their youth. By age 80, NAD+ levels drop to between one and10% of youthful levels.
Put simply, NAD+ deficiency is directly linked to accelerated aging.
How NAD+ Fights Aging
Low NAD+ levels contribute to factors associated with aging, like chemical stress, systemic inflammation, damage to DNA, and failing mitochondria.
Four basic mechanisms by which NAD+ fights aging are:
- NAD+ Contributes to Longer Telomeres: Telomeres are lengths of repetitive DNA strands that cap the ends of chromosomes. Telomeres shorten each time a cell replicates itself. When telomeres reach a critically short length, cell renewal stops, causing the cell to age and eventually die. Shortened telomeres are considered to be predictors of a shortened lifespan. Increased levels of NAD+ have been shown to repair and lengthen telomeres.
- NAD+ Promotes DNA Repair: DNA is highly vulnerable to damage. Broken and mutated DNA strands contribute to the aging process, and play a role in life-shortening diseases like cancer and reduced immune function. Replenishing depleted NAD+ has been shown to promote DNA repair and prevent cell death.
- NAD+ Regulates Immune and Inflammatory Pathways: As we age, some of our immune cells can become overactive, contributing to autoimmune disease, while others may slow down, increasing the risk of infection. Changes to immune cells, called immunosenescence, affect mitochondrial function and energy balance, which depend on NAD+ levels.
- NAD+ Restores Electron Transport Chain Function: The electron transport chain is responsible for converting food to energy. When the efficiency of the electron transport chain breaks down, energy is reduced and disorders ranging from obesity and diabetes to bone loss may occur.
Reclaiming Youth with NAD+
Regular exercise and a calorie restricted diet have been shown to effectively raise NAD+ levels, but that approach takes time and commitment. However, supplementation of NAD+ via IV infusion can quickly deliver the NAD+ coenzyme directly to your bloodstream, where it is immediately distributed to cells throughout your body, to begin the DNA repair process.
NAD+ Therapy in NYC
If advancing age has left you feeling run down, weak and dissatisfied with your appearance, it may be time to boost your NAD+ levels. Regular therapy sessions can help maintain optimal levels of NAD+, slowing and even reversing the aging process. Contact Advanced Cryo NYC in the heart of SoHo today, to schedule your NAD+ IV therapy session, so you can fight the negative effects of aging and restore your youthful energy.